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NOM colleague Robert Gagnon compares gay-straight alliances to the KKK and skinheads.
An authentic shirtless photo of a furry Mark Twain from the 1880s has made its way onto the Internet.
One of two gay bashers in Kentucky apologizes to the victim two years after the attack: "I'm asking on your behalf if you'll have mercy on me."
Kanye Kardashian and Kim Kardashian announce they're having a baby girl.
Study says it explains the strong bond between many gay men and straight women: "...close friendships between straight women and gay men may be characterized by a unique exchange of unbiased mating-relevant information that may not be available in their other relationships."
Police car among property vandalized with swastkias and anti-gay graffiti in Bethesda, Maryland.
Goodbye, Jermaine Jackson. Hello Jermaine Jacksun.
Toni Braxton wants a specific film role: “I would like to play a lesbian … and do a whole make-out scene and the whole thing, just something completely different than people would expect from me. Not a lipstick lesbian, either.”
Six actors who have taken home both Oscars and Razzies.
Google vs. Apple - the former might be in the lead: "Google has successfully positioned itself as the one company poised to take advantage of the next wave of technological progress."
Michelle Obama dances up a storm on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
Are Republicans dropping their opposition to gay marriage? "The Republican Party may not be there yet, but...supporting gay marriage is the future of the GOP."
Google released a new video trying to explain what it will be like to actually wear its 'Project Glass' glasses. It's not clear if the experience will outweigh the fact that you have to walk around with these (see photo) on your face all the time, but they've expanded their preorders, so if you're enthusiastic you can apply here.
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Google co-founder Sergey Brin was spotted riding the NYC subway wearing a pair of the company's Google Glasses.
Tweeted Noah Zerkin: "Yeeeah... I just had a brief conversation with the most powerful man in the world. On the downtown 3 train. Nice guy."
A remarkably short four decades ago, the Stonewall Revolt of 1969 opened the flood gates for LGBT rights. The closet, so sturdy for so long, started being swept away in a rush of pride. Still, LGBT Americans lived in a culture of "tolerance," a popular euphemism for enduring.
There have been momentous years since then — both Barney Frank's 1987 coming out and the 2003 Supreme Court ruling overturning anti-sodomy laws come to mind — but when we look back in twenty years time or ten or even five, 2012 will be remembered as quantum leap for LGBT rights in the United States of America. It's the year that equality went from being a far-off dream to becoming an inevitable, immutable and irreversible reality. Even Newt Gingrich agrees!
This was the year of equality, the year the American dream came into sharper focus and the nation crossed from begrudgingly tolerating gays, and sometimes even acknowledging their relationships, to demanding our inclusion in the greater American family. Coming out is for the large part no longer a big deal, which is a big deal in and of itself.
There have never been as many out and proud elected officials; never before has Wall Street embraced us with such force; never before have so many conservatives admitted they need to shift gears on marriage equality and embrace change. This was a year of "never before" and "never again."
AFTER THE JUMP, 150 reasons why 2012 was a year of permanence for LGBT Americans, a year that the next wave of rights began its swoop across the purple mountain majesty and above the fruited plain.
And for more of our 2012 Year in Review, be sure to read "I'm Gay: 50 Most Powerful Comings Outs of 2012" HERE.