The U.S. has its first openly gay Senator, Tammy Baldwin from Wisconsin.
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
The U.S. has its first openly gay Senator, Tammy Baldwin from Wisconsin.
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
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.
Senator-elect Tammy Baldwin has been assigned to several key panels, the Washington Blade reports:
In a notice published Wednesday, the Democratic Steering Committee announced it has selected Baldwin, who’ll be the first openly gay member of the U.S. Senate, to sit on four committees: the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee; the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee; the Senate Special Committee on Aging; and the Senate Budget Committee.
The Senate HELP Committee has jurisdiction over a key piece of pro-LGBT legislation — the Employment Non-Discrimination Act — as well as the measures that would address school bullying known as the Safe Schools Improvement Act and the Student Non-Discrimination Act.
Meanwhile, the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee has jurisdiction over a pro-LGBT bill that Baldwin has long championed in the U.S. House — the Domestic Partnership Benefits & Obligations Act — which would extend health and pension benefits to the same-sex partners of federal employees.
House committee assignments have yet to be assigned.
Senator-Elect Tammy Baldwin, US Rep-elect Mark Takano and Ambassador David Huebner, all of whom are openly gay, will speak at the Victory Fund’s LGBT Leaders 2012 Conference, which starts today.
Mitt Romney stopped by the White House for a 70-minute lunch with President Obama. The campaign rivals had turkey chili and reportedly talked about "America’s leadership in the world and the importance of maintaining that leadership position in the future." The White House says the men "pledged to stay in touch, particularly if opportunities to work together on shared interests arise in the future." I have the same arrangement with summer camp friends from 1994.
According to Dr. Sylvia Rhue, her family history proves that Abraham Lincoln was gay and had an affair with William Herndon, his law partner.
David Petraeus wrote to a friend about his recent fall from grace, "I screwed up royally. I paid the price (appropriately) and I sought to do the right thing, at the end of the day... [But] Team Petraeus will survive though have obviously created enormous difficulty for us. Holly is however once again demonstrating how incredibly fortunate I was to marry her."
Rebel Wilson's on top of the world, and actually deserves to be there.
Low level pro-wrestler Scorpio Sky knows "faggot" is offensive, which is why he uses it early and often.
Sure, Jude Law, you're not as young as you used to be, but you still look pretty darn good.
NYU student Blake Pruitt talks to gay men about gay men.
Sigh. Lindsay Lohan, an actress I really wanted to see have a comeback, was arrested after getting into a bar brawl in New York City. That brawl was reportedly over Max from the band The Wanted.
Meanwhile, Lohan also faces charges for lying about a car accident in Los Angeles.
George Zimmerman is selling autographs to fund the team defending him for Trayvon Martin's murder.
Ellen DeGeneres shares road signs warning wheelchair-bound citizens of incline-assisted alligators and other out-of-the-ordinary public alerts.
Britney and Will.i.am, "Scream and Shout," the video.
Braison Cyrus, brother of Miley and son of Billy Ray, makes his modeling debut in the February edition of Troix magazine.
NASA's Messenger rover found enough ice at Mercury's poles to fill the Dead Sea.
Democratic Rep. Jackie Spier introduced a "Stop Harming Our Kids" resolution today that aims to stop "ex-gay therapy" for minors. "Any effort to change sexual orientation is not medicine, it’s quackery, and we should not be supporting it with taxpayer dollars," said Spier.
Terrible: 60% of youth infected with HIV in 2010 are African-American. "Nearly 29,000 new cases of HIV, the AIDS-causing virus, were attributed to gay and bisexual males in 2010, and 82 percent of those cases occurred in large cities," US News and World Report reports.
With marriage equality set to become the law of the land, Washington state is considering gender-neutral language for marriage and divorce certificates. "Our fight for marriage equality is in part a fight for gender equality, not just for the gay and lesbian community. It is a fight for equality of sexes and the idea that marriage does not in itself mean that women are subjugated to men," said State Rep. Jamie Pedersen.
Did the 2012 election really mark the end of political homophobia and transphobia?
Rufus Wainwright and husband Jörn Weisbrodt star as "married love" in Gap's new ad campaign, "Love Comes In Every Shade." "This campaign celebrates these diverse, optimistic views on family and the many forms love can take," said Gap CMO Seth Farbman.
The Film Experience on the ins and outs Alexander Skarsgård starring as Tarzan: "Though I think the discovery themes of the Tarzan franchise warrant a more 'who is that?' choice, Skarsgård deserves more big screen opportunities (I was sad when he missed out on Thor since he's the closest thing that showbiz has to a Norse God) and his Swedishness and comfort with nudity are surely good signs for the exotic vine swinger."
Mark Guenther, Executive Director of CAGLCC (Capital Area Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce), was arrested and charged with unlawful entry earlier this month after a male neighbor woke up to find Guenther standing over him.
Chris Geidner at BuzzFeed spoke with a number of Supreme Court experts, many of whom named the same four people as potential Supreme Court justice nominees: Kamala Harris, Pam Karlan, Goodwin Liu and Paul Watford, a judge who was named more than any other. Geidnder provides background on Watford: "A judge on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Watford was named by more of the panel than anyone else — and is by far the least well-known possibility of the four. Nominated to the appeals court by Obama in 2011, the Senate confirmed Watford in May — with support from nine Republicans, including Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham."
Three South African men have been arrested for at least one of eight seemingly connected anti-gay murders.
Three people were killed and eleven were injured during a series of rocket attacks on Israel, including hits against Tel Aviv, from the Gaza Strip, which Israel has also been hitting with artillery as tensions between the Israelis and Palestinians flare up.
Modern Family actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson and fiance Justin Mikita hosted friends, family and supporters at the launch of Tie the Knot, a charity which donates sales from bow ties to marriage equality causes.
Robert DeNiro and Jay-Z are in a fight over phone etiquette.
Gwyneth Paltrow, the writer.
This is Sheldon Stephens, the man who claimed Elmo voice Kevin Clash had sex with him when he was only 16 and then took it back. [Update: link fixed!]
The Conservative Majority Fund is running a robo-call calling for an "Impeach Obama" movement: "We suspect that Obama is guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors and that there may be grounds for impeachment as is laid out in the Constitution. Further, he may not even be a US citizen—because nobody, I mean no one, has seen an actual physical copy of his birth certificate! Impeachment is our only option."
Are you absolutely, positively shocked to hear that Fox News barely mentioned gay marriage wins and out Sen-elect Tammy Baldwin following this month's elections?
Male model Rob Wilson got started on The Price Is Right.
The City Council in Grand Island, Nebraska, overturned the mayor's veto of employment protections for the city's LGBT staffers, but not for the entire city itself.
Would you let Lindsay Lohan play with your look?
This Tumblr is devoted to exposing racist tweeters and their faces!
An explanation for the incredible picture below: "This simulation shows the various types of aerosols - particles and liquid droplets - suspended in the Earth's atmosphere. It was created using the Goddard Earth Observing System Model, a global atmospheric simulation designed at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. The model aims to study the climate system."