Coming out in Hollywood in 2012 became a casual affair. Gone were the days of the “I’m Gay” cover photo.
1. Matt Bomer thanked his partner, Simon Hall, and kids in an acceptance speech.
2. Jim Parsons’ sexuality was a matter-of-fact statement buried in a “New York Times” profile.
4. Anderson flew the coop in an email to Andrew Sullivan: “I’m gay … and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud.”
5. Mika explained that his new songs were about a “relationship with a man.”
And no one batted an eye.
7. Russell Simmons (pictured) and Tyler, The Creator immediately vocalized support for the singer.
And it became clear that hip hop was ready, more than ever, to publicly demonstrate support for the gay community.
8. Jay-Z led the pack as one of the first major hip hop artists to back same-sex marriage.
In the sports world, where we are still without an out LGBT athlete currently playing in any of the major leagues, there were still significant advances.
In fact, the first gay major leaguer already has a lot of friends.
14. Megan Rapinoe proved she had balls by coming out at the height of her playing career.
16. Featherweight Orlando Cruz won his match just days after he became the first openly gay boxer.
22. Rugby player Ben Cohen launched “StandUp,” a magazine to highlight the best in sports culture while also trying to end bullying and homophobia.
The gay community also dominated the Internet.
26. Facebook Co-Founder, Chris Hughes, bought “The New Republic” with the intention of bringing it into the digital age.
27. Creator of the FiveThirtyEight blog and self-proclaimed geek, Nate Silver, correctly predicted the 2012 election.
Speaking of the election…
28. Barack Obama became the first sitting president to publicly support same-sex marriage.
And not only was Obama re-elected, there were also several landmark victories for the LGBT community.
29. Eight out LGBT candidates ran as major-party nominees for Congress.
Top row from left; Wisconsin Democratic Senate candidate, Rep. Tammy Baldwin; Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I. New York Democratic Rep. candidate Sean Patrick Maloney; bottom row from left; Republican U.S. House candidate Richard Tisei of Massachussets; former Arizona state Sen. Kyrsten Sinema and Congressional candidate Mark Takano of California.
30. In total, the Victory Fund endorsed a record-breaking 180 out LGBT candidates running for offices on all levels.
31. Tammy Baldwin became the first out LGBT senator.
32. Rep. Mark Takano of California became the first out LGBT person of color elected to Congress.
33. Kyrsten Sinema became the nation’s first openly bisexual Congresswoman.
34. Rep. Tina Kotek was elected as Oregon’s first out LGBT House Speaker.
But support for marriage equality was not limited to the U.S.
Media also made even greater strides to incorporate out LGBT characters into the everyday fabric of their content.
43. Kate McKinnon became the first out lesbian to join “SNL” and quickly became one of the best cast members on the show.
LGBT allies also came in all forms and from unexpected places.
52. JCPenney named Ellen DeGeneres as their spokesperson and didn’t blink when One Million Moms protested the decision.
59. Zach Wahls launched Scouts For Equality to lobby the BSA to change its policies.
All in all, it was a pretty good year.
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