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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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News: Tagg Romney, Frank Ocean, 'Toxic' Row, 'The Hobbit'

1NewsIcon Tagg Romney on father Mitt's failed presidential run: "He wanted to be president less than anyone I’ve met in my life... If he could have found someone else to take his place ... he would have been ecstatic to step aside.

90sDrag1NewsIcon More 90s nostalgia from New York City's Duplex and Fire Island's Drag Invasions.

1NewsIcon Outgoing Rep. Barney Frank won't say yes or no to becoming an interim-Senator should John Kerry become Secretary of State.

1NewsIcon Anti-gay forces in France spent their pre-Christmas weekend protesting plans to pass marriage equality there.

1NewsIcon Texas Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison says she supports banning large ammunition magazines like the one used in the Sandy Hook school shooting. "I think we ought to be looking at where the real danger is, like those large clips, I think that does need to be looked at," she said on CBS' Face The Nation. "It’s the semi-automatics and those large magazines that can be fired off very quickly. You do have to pull the trigger each time, but it’s very quick."

Bladerunner1NewsIcon Movie spoilers circa 1982.

1NewsIcon Frank Ocean wrote a song for Django Unchained but it wasn't used, so he posted it online. It's called "Wise Man" and you should check it out.

1NewsIcon The Hobbit topped the weekend box office with about $150 million.

1NewsIcon A look back at Glee's biggest 2012 moments.

1NewsIcon British Prime Minister David Cameron's plan to legal same-sex marriage there has sparked a civil war in his conservative party. "...Cameron was last night battling to contain his party split over gay marriage after a delegation of senior MPs urged him to reconsider the plans – and two Tories had a ‘toxic’ public argument in the Commons over the issue. The confrontation between fiercely anti-gay marriage MP Sir Gerald Howarth and rising star Gavin Barwell took place in front of shocked colleagues in the Commons Tea Room."

Gareththomas1NewsIcon Out rugby and fitness star Gareth Thomas on coming out to his dad: "My family were amazing - once it was taken in, my dad, who is a very tough man, sat me down at home with the family; he opened a bottle of champagne and said 'this is a toast to the rest of your life son.' It was overwhelming, and my family as a whole have been superb."

1NewsIcon Gay singer Matt Gold discusses releasing his new album, Drown Before You Swim, without a label: "A label can help take you to that next level, in terms of visibility. Happily, there are artists out there on labels who are able to maintain their authenticity and remain true to themselves. That’s one of the reasons I respect Adele so much. She’s out there, doing her own thing in her own style, and it’s all about her voice, and people like it. When I see someone like Adele succeed, it gives me hope that my songs might be received in the same way."

1NewsIcon Shia LaBeouf steps out with a new lady.

1NewsIcon Hmmm. A study from the University of Melbourne suggests that of LGBT people, lesbians are more likely to be depressed and problem drinkers and then dubiously concludes these women can overcome such problems by having children. Childbearing "builds a woman’s resilience" said the lead researcher, Professor Ruth McNair.


Newt Gingrich Accepts 'Reality' Of Marriage Equality

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Though Newt Gingrich says he and his Republican Party have to come to terms with the "reality" of marriage equality, he doesn't seem too gung-ho about the prospect.

"The momentum is clearly now in the direction in finding some way to ... accommodate and deal with reality," he told The Huffington Post. "And the reality is going to be that in a number of American states -- and it will be more after 2014 -- gay relationships will be legal, period."

As for how such a reality would look, Gingrich says the GOP would prefer a legal distinction between church and secular weddings. But the former House Speaker also said that ironing out tensions over LGBT equality "will be much more difficult than immigration for conservatism to come to grips with."

Gingrich was also asked about his role in passing the Defense of Marriage Act 1996, and told reporters Sam Stein and Jon Ward he and his colleagues back then never imagined the "wave" of support marriage equality would gather over the next sixteen years.

"I didn't think [gay marriage] was inevitable 10 or 15 years ago, when we passed the Defense of Marriage Act," he said. "It didn't seem at the time to be anything like as big a wave of change as we are now seeing."

In response to Gingrich's comment, Chad Griffin, the president of Human Rights Campaign, the organization for which Gingrich's out half-sister Candace works, told BuzzFeed, "Gingrich has proven that leaders in the Republican party understand where the country is moving on marriage but he is also brave enough to say it out loud."

Stein and Ward of course asked Gingrich about the most recent election and the failed presidential candidate claimed that he would have done better against President Obama than the GOP's ultimate choice, Mitt Romney.

"I would have probably done better," he mused. "I don't want to be arrogant and say I would have done better. I would say my impression is that, from the Obama team's standpoint, the two candidates they found the hardest to cope with were Perry and me."

Wait, wasn't this conversation about reality?


Obama Takes Romney's Concession Call: PHOTO

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A new photo by Pete Souza posted to the White house Flickr account shows Obama taking Mitt Romney's phone call on election night:

The photo was taken in the presidential suite of the Fairmont Millennium Park hotel in Chicago, where Obama and his team watched results come in on November 6. In his concession speech, Romney said that on the call with the president, he wished Obama well, along with his family and staff.

(via political ticker)


Mitt Romney Rejoins Board of Directors of Marriott

Mitt Romney has his first post-election gig, Reuters reports:

Gas_romneyJ.W. Marriott, Jr., the company's executive chairman, said, "We are delighted that Gov. Romney has agreed to rejoin our board, on which he has served with distinction twice before.  We will benefit from his tremendous energy and capability to guide long-term success in an increasingly complex business environment.  We look forward to working closely with him again as a member of our strong, talented and diverse board."

Arne Sorenson, Marriott's president and chief executive officer, said, "Gov. Romney has proven to be an astute, independent director who is fluent in the demands and opportunities of our highly competitive industry.  We are fortunate to have him back on our board."

Romney, who has served on the Marriott International board twice before, starts immediately.


Mitt Romney Is Sad And Rudderless Post-Election

RomneyAloneThere's an early Simpsons episode in which Marge becomes the church's "Listen Lady," leaving pious Reverend Lovejoy with nothing to do but play with his model trains.

To the toy passengers on these trains, the brokenhearted and bored pastor, playing the conductor, says "If the passengers will look to their right, you will see a sad man. That is all..."

After reading this Washington Post piece, "A detached Romney tends wounds in seclusion after failed White House bid," I can't help but imagine failed president candidate Mitt Romney in that Lovejoy role.

An excerpt:

The man who planned to be president wakes up each morning now without a plan.

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Gone are the minute-by-minute schedules and the swarm of Secret Service agents. There’s no aide to make his peanut-butter-and-honey sandwiches. Romney hangs around the house, sometimes alone, pecking away at his iPad and e-mailing his CEO buddies who have been swooping in and out of La Jolla to visit. He wrote to one who’s having a liver transplant soon: "I’ll change your bedpan, take you back and forth to treatment."

In the end of the aforementioned Simpsons episode, Lovejoy saves Ned Flanders from being mauled by baboons after Marge gives him bad advice. The fallen pastor becomes a hero once again. Will Romney pull off a similar comeback? Is he willing to risk his life fighting off rabid baboons to save a fellow American?


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