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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: Gaseous Fed, Emory, Thom Bierdz, Rudolph

1NewsIcon A group of Emory Students have apologized after their public access program suggested that people lynch students they think are on campus because of affirmative action.

Firefightersshot1NewsIcon Four firefighters were shot, two fatally, while responding to a blaze in Webster, New York. "An ex-con set a car and a house ablaze in his lakeside neighborhood to lure firefighters, then opened fire on them, killing two, engaging in a shootout with police and committing suicide while several houses burned. Authorities used an armored vehicle to evacuate the area."

1NewsIcon CNN viewers voted President Obama 2012's most intriguing person.

1NewsIcon The Episcopal-backed The University of the South will host same-sex marriages in its chapel: "The college itself isn't part of any one diocese. Its religious governing authority is the chancellor, a post that rotates among the bishops of the 28 owning dioceses. In the midst of this announcement, McCardell is calling on alumnus to give $250 to $300 million dollars in a campaign to ensure the university's future, a future that might be jeopardized by this action that many consider outside the bounds of Biblical faith even though culturally acceptable."

1NewsIcon Florida's first openly gay lawmakers see equality as a priority. "I’ve done work on civil rights for a long time. But in the campaign, my focus was mostly on jobs, education and fairness and opportunity," said Rep. Joe Saunders, a former Florida Equality activist.

1NewsIcon How Gwyneth travels.

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1NewsIcon Check out the new trailer for Mark Wahlberg's forthcoming flick Broken City.

1NewsIcon Kellan Lutz is obviously someplace very warm.

1NewsIcon Gay actor Thom Bierdz looks good naked and isn't afraid to show off. Check it out via this not-so work friendly link Oh, and he's single and looking for a boyfriend.

1NewsIcon Hugh Jackman goes for a modestly-sized Christmas tree.

1NewsIcon Rudolph's red nose explained.

1NewsIcon NOM henchman Frank Schubert on failed GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich accepting the "reality" of marriage equality: "Sometimes good men say stupid things, and this is one of those times. Gingrich’s conclusion that gay 'marriage' is inevitable is ridiculous. His comments suggest the results of marriage races in Maine, Maryland and Washington, which allowed three deep-blue states to endorse redefining marriage means that it is inevitable."

WiccanKiss1NewsIcon Gay Avengers Hulkling And Wiccan share a kiss in Gay Times.

1NewsIcon Federal employee chided for "disrupt[ing] the work floor by passing gas and releasing an unpleasant odor." Makes for a great bloated government joke.

1NewsIcon Minnesota political analyst Larry Jacobs doesn't see marriage equality passing there next month, as some Democrats had hoped.

1NewsIcon Dylan Smith, a 23-year old New Yorker who helped save neighbors' lives during Superstorm Sandy, died in a surfing accident in Puerto Rico over the weekend.


News: Olivia Culpo, Sentient Kitchen, Jake Tapper, Log Cabin

1NewsIcon Dan Stevens and Jessica Chastain look dashing and gorgeous on Broadway.

Bachmann21NewsIcon Federal prosecutors are charging New Jersey man Ronnie McMillian with two counts of "transmitting threats to injure another through interstate commerce" after he allegedly made threatening calls to Rep. Michele Bachmann and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, whom he reportedly singled-out for their anti-gay politics: "Prosecutors allege McMillian regularly called the offices of public officials and used vulgar language to attack the person's position on gay rights."

1NewsIcon Outgoing Rep. Barney Frank doesn't just think Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is a homophobe; the Democrat thinks Scalia is "an unreconstructed bigot."

1NewsIcon In light of Brazil's São Paulo State legalizing marriage equality, Rex Wockner has an updated list of where same-sex couples can tie the knot.

1NewsIcon Religious universities debate how to cope with same-sex marriage: "For religious colleges, that can mean making another decision about who can and who can’t wed in their chapels -- and, in states that do not permit same-sex marriage, whether those couples can hold another ceremony to honor their bond. Many colleges already restrict chapel weddings to students, graduates and employees. But as denominations shift their positions on homosexuality, colleges may find themselves navigating more controversial issues within the church."

Shemar_moore1NewsIcon One Direction and a shirtless Shemar Moore were at the same tattoo parlor in Los Angeles last night.

1NewsIcon Late Sen. Dan Inouye was celebrated as a "quintessential American" during a memorial service in DC today. "While this may be a quiet ceremony for a quiet man, it will endure long after the respects are paid," Republican House Speaker John Boehner said of the Democrat. "For when this rotunda returns to life and the tour guides give their pitch, they will always speak of Daniel Inouye, the gentleman from Hawaii and one of freedom's most gallant champions."

1NewsIcon Kitties love a sentient kitchen.

1NewsIcon ABC's ever-reliable White House correspondent Jake Tapper is leaving the network to join CNN as an anchor and also as a White House correspondent.

1NewsIcon Trans-friendly beauty queen Miss USA Olivia Culpo is now Miss Universe, still as a trans-friendly beauty queen.

1NewsIcon Have yourself a merry quaint holiday.

1NewsIcon New York City's Fire Department is being criticized for confiscating apartment building lobby's live Christmas trees. "It's like 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas,' and not just Christmas, but all holidays that are celebrated," said one dispirited citizen.

1NewsIcon Texas State Rep-elect Kyle Kacal on gun control: "I've heard of people being killed playing ping-pong—ping-pongs are more dangerous than guns. Flat-screen TVs are injuring more kids today than anything."

Victorian1NewsIcon Everything old is new again: "A quantum version of a Victorian counting machine could be just what quantum computers need to race ahead of the pack."

1NewsIcon The Voice introduces us to two up-and-comers, Shakira and Usher.

1NewsIcon Oy. From Christian Post: "Porn Use Linked to Gay Marriage Support..."

1NewsIcon Does Mat Staver from the anti-gay Liberty Counsel really think marriage equality is going to spark a civil war? "This would be the thing that revolutions are made of. This could split the country right in two. This could cause another civil war." Right.

1NewsIcon The Log Cabin Republicans are happy to hear Newt Gingrich is facing the reality of marriage equality. "Gingrich speaks for many Republicans who are concerned about our party's future," Executive Director R. Clarke Cooper said in a statement. "It is particularly important and welcome to hear that Gingrich now understands the difference between church ceremonies and a civil marriage license, and that equality is no threat to religious freedom."


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?


Newt And Callista Gingrich Compare Obama To Carter: VIDEO

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A tribute to Ronald Reagan set the stage for Newt and Callista Gingrich's joint appearance at the Republican National Convention tonight. And the late president's legacy was the meat of the message the couple hoped to send: Romney is Reagan to Obama's Jimmy Carter.

"The election of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will decisively move America to a better future. Remembering President Reagan reminds us that the choices we make matter, and this year is as important as the choice we made in 1980," said Callista, who traded off prepared remarks with her husband.

A few lines down, Gingrich led, "It's striking how President Carter and President Obama both took our nation down a path that in four years weakened America's confidence in itself and our hope for a better future," leaving Callista to finish the thought: "[Both] failed to produce results; both made promises they couldn't keep; and, as a consequence of ineffective policies, both were unable to revive our economy and create jobs."

Both Carter and Obama, they claimed, are the antithesis of Reagan's philosophy, a philosophy Romney will revive. "This is the most critical election of our lifetime," they said, as people do during election years. "Each of us must do our part now to ensure that America remains, in the tradition of President Reagan, a land of freedom, hope and opportunity."

Watch Callista and Newt Gingrich tag team AFTER THE JUMP.

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News: Emmy Nominations, Bane, Tech Gene, Fred Willard

RomneyAsBane 1NewsIcon Chuck Dixon, one of the creators of Batman villain Bane, insists the phonetic resemblance to Mitt Romney's former employer, Bain Capital, is purely coincidental. "Bane was created by me and Graham Nolan, and we are lifelong conservatives and as far from leftwing mouthpieces as you are likely to find in comics," he said. Dixon does say, however, that Bane is a bit like the Occupy Wall Street protesters and that "if there ever was a Bruce Wayne running for the White House it would have to be Romney."

1NewsIcon The Dark Knight Rises star Morgan Freeman gave a pro-Obama super PAC $1 million last month.

1NewsIcon Pro-equality group Mainers United for Marriage say "350 members of the clergy representing 20 different denominations in 158 Maine towns are supporting the referendum to allow same-sex weddings in Maine."

1NewsIcon Meanwhile, in Minnesota, the LGBT group Minnesota United for All Families has raised a total of about $5.4 million to fight an amendment banning marriage equality there. Their opponents at the right wing Minnesota for Marriage have taken in only about $1.5 million.

1NewsIcon The New York Times admits a lapse in an article on a building up for historic landmark status. "A post last week about 186 Spring Street — a 19th-century row house near Thompson Street that seems destined to be demolished or (far less likely) made a landmark — all but stated flat out that nothing of consequence had occurred there until it was bought by a Beastie Boy in 2000.  In fact, 186 Spring Street had a brief turn as a center of gay political activism in the decade following the Stonewall uprising..."

DowagerCountess1NewsIcon Mad Men and American Horror Story tied for the most Emmy nominations - 17 each - during today's announcement of the award show's finalists. Modern Family received 14 nods, including "best supporting actor" for all of its adult men. Downton Abbey received nine nominations, including "best supporting actress" for Maggie Smith, who really should win for just "Best."

1NewsIcon Congratulations to Dan Savage on his Emmy nomination for the It Gets Better campaign! The category? "Outstanding Children's Nonfiction, Reality or Reality-Competition Program."

1NewsIcon Ann Romney to ABC News' Robin Roberts: "We've given all you people need to know and understand about our financial situation and about how we live our life."

1NewsIcon There's a gene for that: "...Researchers took DNA samples from the participants and analysed a gene, DBH, that regulates how much of the neurotransmitter dopamine is made in the prefrontal cortex, a brain region that controls decision making. Participants with a form of the gene that made more dopamine were faster at making decisions without the computer's aid, and were more likely to cross-check what it said with their own information."

1NewsIcon The owners of a bed and breakfast that turned away a gay couple must pay them $4,500 for discrimination, said the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal.

Exoplanet1NewsIcon NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found a new exoplanet two-thirds to size of Earth. It is called UCF-1.01 and is 33 light years away.

1NewsIcon Washington State is the first place where citizens can use Facebook to register to vote, and a whole lot more: "Besides registering to vote on Facebook, Washington residents will be able to update personal information, access customized voter guides with candidate info and ballot measures, as well as access replacement ballot

1NewsIcon Why not speculate about whether or not Kate Middleton is pregnant? What else are you going to do all afternoon?

1NewsIcon Get it, gurl: Modern Family star Sofia Vergara earned an estimated $19 million last year, mostly thanks to her Pepsi and Covergirl endorsement deals.

1NewsIcon Frequent Christopher Guest collaborator and legendary improv actor Fred Willard was arrested for lewd behavior at an adult movie theater. What else does one do at such a place?

GingrichSnooki1NewsIcon When Newt and Callista Gingrich chilled with Snooki.

1NewsIcon Washington State Republican Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna disagrees with the Boy Scouts' decision to uphold a ban on gay members and troop leaders.

1NewsIcon The Wire, Lego style.

1NewsIcon Tonight on ABC's Nightline: "I am gay, I am Mormon, I am married to a woman. I am happy every single day. My life is filled with joy. I have wonderful sex life. All of these things are true whether your mind allows you to believe them or not."


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