Reasons for Pride: 16 Picks From Lambda Legal Honorees

Rep. Henry Waxman, The Fosters' Sherri Saum, Jason Collins, and more tell The Advocate why they're smiling this Pride season.



Reason 9: Banning Gay Conversion Therapy!
California state senator Ted Lieu
I am most proud of authoring the first law in the nation to ban gay conversion therapy for minors. It was upheld by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals a few months ago. New Jersey recently replicated this law, and eight other states have now introduced it.

Reason 10: LGBT Pioneers in Music!
Jennifer Leitham, musician
In the last year, I think I’m finally starting to break down some walls in the music field. I’m being hired more and more to play regular, straight kind of festivals. And no one is questioning me anymore. No one is asking me really invasive questions. It just seems to be normalizing. I'm very proud of that.

Reason 11: A Turning Point in Trans Rights!
Candis Cayne (Elementary)
I am exceptionally proud of how the world has embraced the trans community. Having Laverne [Cox] on the cover of Time magazine is incredible. Having just the entire [LGBT] community backing our community is incredible. I’m super proud of America. I am super proud of the straight community and the gay community standing behind us trans women.

Reason 12: Gay Texans on TV!
Blair Late (Bravo’s Newlyweds: The First Year, pictured right)
I was a little boy from a small town called Odessa, Texas. Population 100,000. It’s a very backward town. But I was always myself. I was always who I was. And then 25 years later, I put my gay marriage on television for the world to see. And coming from a little town in Texas, that’s a pretty good thing to be prideful for.

Reason 13: Same-Sex Marriage Makes the Script!
Sherri Saum (The Fosters, pictured right)
I was really excited when they passed gay marriage in California. It was funny, because we were shooting an episode where my character was getting married to Teri Polo’s character, and we had it in the script that it was going to be a civil union. … And the decision came down right as we were filming, so we were able to change the script to where they actually married in the scene and have it be a legal marriage. It was a day of celebration. We were crying on set.

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