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 Year-end magazines always leave me shaking my head and asking, Has it really been a year? and How could all that happen in just 12 months? This year—and this year-end issue—is no exception.

At the dawn of 2010 marriage inequality was the law of the land in California and Washington, D.C., “don’t ask, don’t tell” was firmly in place (blocking gays from open military service for the 17th year), and the words “it gets better” were little more than a promise after bad sex.

November 17 2010 4:00 AM

What a year it’s been already. Three straight people—Ted Olson, David Boies, and Lady Gaga—have become the fiercest advocates on behalf of our equal rights. (To think that just two years ago we thought our newly elected president would be leading the charge.)

October 11 2010 4:00 AM

 I waited until the last minute to write this letter because I hoped to wax lyrical about marriage equality’s return to California. My first day on the job, back in 2008, was the first day gay couples could legally wed in the state, so I know firsthand how good things could have been after 5 p.m. August 18 (when Judge Vaughn Walker, who two weeks earlier declared Proposition 8 unconstitutional, said marriages would resume). And I wanted to share that excitement—the brides, the grooms, the influx of cash into a parched California economy—with you.

September 09 2010 4:00 AM

 When news of Uganda’s “kill the gays” bill broke last year, there was a sense of—in my head at least—There go those crazy African despots again. I was horrified, of course, but I don’t think I fully grasped the human implications of the hatred brewing in Uganda until I heard about Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza in nearby Malawi.

August 11 2010 5:00 AM

One of the best things about working at The Advocate is that we’re always hearing from our readers. Whether you love what we’re doing, can’t stand a story you read on Advocate.com, or want to make sure we’re aware of a vote going down in your city council, you don’t hesitate to tell us. And while hearing from readers is spectacular, seeing you is even doubly so. That’s why we’re so thrilled with this issue, our first ever to feature “A Day in Gay America.”

July 12 2010 5:00 AM

I consider myself fortunate in that in the 16 years since I came out of the closet, I’ve never been at a loss for reasons to have pride—especially come June. I was undeniably nervous when I attended my first Pride parade, in Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood. But as soon as the crowd surrounded me on the sidewalk and people just like me started marching down Broadway, I felt weightless. Years of insecurity washed off my shoulders.

May 10 2010 5:00 AM

I was enthralled by the testimony offered in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the federal trial challenging the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8. And even though I had to follow the proceedings on Twitter (since the U.S. Supreme Court blocked any broadcast of the trial), I felt the magnitude of the words spoken by the plaintiffs and their attorneys, Ted Olson and David Boies.

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