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Published on November 21st, 2012 | by Healthy Gay Lifestyles

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A Cornucopia of Gay Thanks

With President Obama being re-elected all GLBT’s, and minorities of all kinds, have plenty to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. In our fight for equality we realized historic electoral victories for Marriage Equality, our first openly gay Senator Rep. Tammy Baldwin, and New Hampshire elected the first transgender lawmaker, Stacie Laughton. Could it have been any better?

It’s a great feeling to see the entire country finally starting to embrace us as more equal. But we wouldn’t have experienced the sweet taste of victory if it were not for some very brave men and women who came before us and sacrificed for the betterment of us all. Let’s all pay homage and thanks for the following gay milestones:

Historical Victories

  • June 27, 1969, the police in New York City raided a Greenwich Village gay bar, the Stonewall Inn. Contrary to expectations, the patrons fought back, provoking three nights of rioting in the area accompanied by the appearance of “gay power” slogans on the buildings. Almost overnight, a massive grassroots gay liberations movement was born.
  • 1973 – The American Psychiatric Association removes homosexuality from official list of mental disorders.
  • January 8, 1978 Harvey Milk makes national news when he is sworn in as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. He sponsors a civil rights bill that outlaws sexual orientation discrimination and gets it signed into law.
  • 2000 – Vermont becomes the first state in the country to legally recognize civil unions between gay or lesbian couples.
  • 2003 – The U.S. Supreme Court rules in Lawrence v. Texas that sodomy laws in the U.S. are unconstitutional.
  • November 2007 the House of Representatives approves a bill ensuring equal rights in the workplace for gay men, lesbians, and bisexuals
  • Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell ban on gay and lesbian service members.
  • The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009.
  • 2008 Proposition 8 Case Advances – The case was started in 2008 in an attempt to establish an equal right to marry for same-sex couples across the nation.

Recent Political Victories

  • On May 9, 2012 President Obama became the first sitting US president to back same-sex marriage when he told ABC News, “I think same-sex couples should be able to get married,” and the Democrats have included this position in their national party platform.
  • Tammy Baldwin becomes first openly gay senator. “I am honored and humbled and grateful, and I am ready to get to work — ready to stand with Barack Obama, and ready to fight for Wisconsin’s middle class,” said Baldwin to raucous cheers at her victory party.
  • Maine voters approved gay marriage Nov. 6 through a historic public vote,
  • Maryland joined Maine in making history on Election Night, affirming gay marriage by a popular vote, making it the first state below the Mason-Dixon line to legalize marriage equality.
  • Officials from Washington United for Marriage (WUM) declared a 52 to 48 percent win for Referendum 74 on Nov. 7.
  • In Minnesota, voters shot down a constitutional amendment that would have defined marriage as a union only between a man and a woman.
  • New Hampshire elects first openly transgender lawmaker, Stacie Laughton.

I don’t know about all of you but I personally am very thankful to be living in a time where being gay is not as different as it used to be. I even hug my gay friends in public without fear of being attacked. Everyday I am thankful for the endless GLBT website communities and resources we have at our fingertips. And I am most thankful to those of us who have the courage to live openly and honestly since you’re the ones making a difference for us all. Happy Thanksgiving.

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