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04/19/2007


150 Game Changing Wins that Made 2012 the Gayest Year Ever

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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.

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Meghan McCain Joining Pro-Equality Conservative Group

Meghan-mccain-no-h8-proposition-8You can add another line to Meghan McCain's resume. McCain, author of Dirty Sexy Politics, MSNBC commentator, equality advocate and, of course, the daughter of Senator John, is now joining Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry, one of Freedom to Marry's spin-off groups.

"I'm thrilled to join the Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry, who believe, as I do, that we don’t have to choose between conservatism and marriage for all committed couples," McCain said in the group's press release.

"I look forward to spreading the message that the tenets of family, personal freedom and responsibility point the way toward a GOP that fully embraces the freedom to marry."

The group's advocacy on behalf of same-sex marriages, like that full-page ad lambasting notable homophobe Tony Perkins and his Family Research Council, can only help move conservatives and the Republican Party in the right direction on marriage equality, and hopefully their work is more efficient than a party-wide proctology exam.


Meghan McCain Applauds Marriage Equality, Getting Stoned When She Wants To: VIDEO

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Socially moderate Republican Meghan McCain joined Anderson Cooper for a post-election Anderson Live and talked about how awful it is for a losing candidate's family (the Romneys) to have to put on a brave face on election night, and she would know.

She also calls the same-sex marriage wins "the silver lining" of last night's election results. McCain also applauds the legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado and Washington state.

Said McCain: "If I want to smoke weed, responsibly, it's nobody's business and I think it should be legalized everywhere."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Today in Meghan McCain Punditry: Joe Biden is 'Stupid' and 'Mean', Also a 'Crazy Grandpa'

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Meghan McCain, "answering what she thought [Joe Biden] meant", according to KTAR:

"I'm so sick of this BS from [Biden]. I can't stand Joe Biden because I think stupid is worse than being mean....I just think any insinuation that in America we're going to go back to slavery times is delusional. It's ridiculous and it's ignorant. ... If I were Obama I would've never picked Joe Biden in the first place. I think he's an idiot. And I know people think it's cute because he's like crazy grandpa and they like his gaffes but I think it's offensive."

Listen here.


Meghan McCain On GOProud: 'Rogue Group' Who 'Exacerbate The Stereotype'

McCainGOProudMeghan McCain told Michelangelo Signorile exactly what she thinks of Republican gay group GOProud. They're a "rogue group that has publicly said very nasty things about me, very nasty things" and "the type of gay Republicans that I think exacerbate the stereotype," McCain told Signorile on his radio show.

The always outspoken McCain, daughter of former GOP presidential candidate John, went on: "Ann Coulter is who they had speak at one of their conventions and was touted as some kind of icon, a woman who uses gay slurs on television. In gay Republican circles, GOProud are not respected. They do not like me and I do not like them."

A member of the Log Cabin Republicans, McCain was also adamant that not all gay Republicans are self-loathing.  "They just believe in their country being run a certain way. And until I think the Democratic Party comes out and actually passes legislation, we’re not impressed."

I'm not impressed with Obama going on TV and saying, 'I have gay friends and I think they should get married.' That to me is the same thing as saying, 'I have black friends and they should get married but I’m not actually going to pass legislation that interracial marriage should happen.' If you put it in those terms it’s a completely different situation.

And the fact that people just seem to be okay with President Obama doing that, as far as I’m concerned, he’s not doing enough for the gay community and it's not enough to sway me. I'm glad it's okay with you guys but it's not enough for me. I know lots of gay people that are voting for Romney, because I think in America, people aren’t one-issue voters.

To many people, though, marriage is more than just a single issue: it's economic, philosophical, religious, romantic... The list goes on.


Meghan McCain is 'Strictly Dickly'

Meghan McCain tells Playboy she's not gay:

Meghan_mccainI’m not a lesbian, if that’s what you’re asking. I’d be the first person to tell the world I was gay. I’m not private about anything. I think you should live how you should live. But I’m strictly dickly. I can’t help it. I love sex and I love men.

Honey, you’re nobody unless you have a gay rumor about you. I’ve been hit on by women from time to time, and it might simplify my life if I were gay, but no. Rachel and Tila are just great people. For me, it’s an issue of civil rights. Who people want to sleep with and who they want to love should not have anything to do with government politics at all. And if you see me in a gay bar, it’s only because they play the best music and my gay friends like to dance. Gay guys love me. It’s the big boobs and blonde hair.


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