193 Reasons to Have Pride: Part 3

Including the people who finally care about bullying and straight dudes who are rooting for us.

BY Advocate Contributors

May 18 2011 4:00 AM ET

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 Because
LESBIANS ARE BEAUTIFUL
Amber Heard is the face of Guess and Ellen is a Cover Girl — a reminder that loveliness is as multifaceted as we are.

Because
THE REAL WORLD IS MORE THAN TRASHY TV
The microcosmic experiment known as The Real World has come a long way from its humble initial concept of putting together a few random people in a house. Over the past two decades the show, which served as a launching pad for reality television, has exposed America to the feelings, relationships, and debaucheries of young adults. But, significantly, the things that matter to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans youth on MTV have been ingrained in Gen X-ers and Millennials, and acceptance of LGBT people is now second nature to many. Furthermore, the show gave a platform to people like the late Pedro Zamora, who put an honest, empathetic, human face on the AIDS epidemic.

Because
SAN DIEGANS CAN CHOOSE FROM MULTIPLE LGBT CANDIDATES FOR MAYOR — FROM BOTH MAJOR PARTIES
Republican district attorney Bonnie Dumanis, an out lesbian, wants to be mayor of San Diego. And so does city council member Carl DeMaio, plus possibly state senator Christine Kehoe, both of whom are also out.

 

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 Because
SO MANY TV PERSONALITIES HAVE OUR BACKS
For every frosty pundit and hostile talk show host on television, there’s an antidote in the LGBT-positive Joy Behar, Anderson Cooper, Oprah Winfrey, Gayle King (pictured), Rachel Maddow, Jane Velez-Mitchell, Thomas Roberts, Keith Olbermann, and Ellen DeGeneres, who all continue to keep gay issues front and center on their programs.

 

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 Because
OUR BOYS HAVE PET PROJECTS
After more than 25 years in the business, out British synth-pop duo Pet Shop Boys — Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe — composed and recorded their first full-length ballet score, The Most Incredible Thing, an electro-orchestral adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen story at Sadler’s Wells, London’s leading contemporary dance theater.

Because
JEREMY BERNARD IS THE FIRST MAN AND THE FIRST OPENLY GAY PERSON TO SERVE AS THE WHITE HOUSE SOCIAL SECRETARY
Make no mistake: The job isn’t merely about whether the Clinton or Reagan china will look best for a state dinner with the prime minister of India. The social secretary is the nation’s ultimate event planner. And by all accounts, Bernard, one of Obama’s earliest supporters in California, and who now comes to the White House from his post as senior adviser to the U.S. ambassador in France, is the man for the job.

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