Photos of the Year 

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com January 06 2010 10:20 AM ET

From Olympic gold medalist Matthew Mitcham to comedian Wanda Sykes, if they lent their voices to the fight for gay rights, made a splash or simply made headlines in gay media in 2009, The Advocate was there to capture the moment on film. Take a look back at some of our favorite photos from last year.
 

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2008 Olympic gold medalist Matthew Mitcham photographed at his training facility in Sydney (February 2009).


 

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Sigourney Weaver, starring in Prayers for Bobby, shot New York City (February 2009).

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Perez Hilton pokes fun at himself as well as the Miss USA firestorm of Spring 2009 (August 2009).

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Bravo head of programming Andy Cohen along with several of the Real Housewives (October 09).

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Mariela Castro, the daughter of Cuban president Raul Castro and an LGBT rights activists, shot in Havana. (Oct 2009)

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Artist Kehinde Wiley photographed in Los Angeles (June/July 2009).

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Mark Duplass and Josh Leonard, stars of the film Humpday, shot in Pasadena, Calif. (August 2009).

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Stonewall veteran Yvonne Ritter photographed at home to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of The Stonewall Riots. (June/July 2009)
 

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Wanda Sykes telling us how she really feels about Prop. 8  (February 2009).