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LGBT Triumphs of 2013

Posted on: January 7, 2014

As the end of 2013 draws near, and the promise of a more hopeful and progressive year approaches, it’s important to reflect upon the advancements made for human rights over the past twelve months. Many are calling 2013 a “landmark year” for social justice and change, in which critical progress has propelled LGBT issues to the social forefront. Happily, the notable LGBT rights momentum garnered from pivotal moments in 2013 doesn’t seem to be abating, which hints at an even more triumphant year to come.

LGBT Triumphs of 2013

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In 2013, the LGBTQ community and its allies saw the end of DOMA; triumphs were also witnessed through increased visibility for transgender individuals, in broadened marriage equality legislature, and global LGBT activism. In June of this year, the United States Supreme Court ruled the Defense of Marriage Act to be unconstitutional, which has created much of the momentum the LGBT community has experienced in recent months. After DOMA was struck down, more and more states began to recognize same-sex marriages, and now, same-sex couples are free to marry in eighteen states.

2013 was also a year where more and more people with social reach spoke out about human rights. In response to the brutality and anti-LGBT laws in Russia, dozens of celebrities, politicians, and public figures have come out in support of the LGBT community – in Russia, and globally. More and more celebrities, athletes, and public figures came out in 2013, and more equal rights alliances were formed. Passionate activism took place, and visibility was raised for equal rights issues, steered by fervent leaders both gay and straight. Perhaps most importantly was the progress that the trans community made in achieving increased visibility. From gender-neutral bathroom progress, to the many developed, inspirational trans and queer television and film characters, 2013 was a year in which more voices were heard.

These triumphs inspire us to continue to fight for the rights of LGBT people, and remind us that much work lies ahead.

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