Reasons to Have Pride in 2012, Part 1

We came out, we saw ourselves in media, and we conquered hearts and minds in the last year. From major wins to small victories, here is the first of four parts of 181 reasons to feel proud of not being straight and narrow.



NATE MURPHY X300 | ADVOCATE.COMBecause Idahoans won’t take no for an answer

Though Idaho’s GOP lawmakers shut down efforts to get sexual orientation and gender identity added to the state’s antidiscrimination policy, the Add the Words campaign collected sticky notes with “add the words” from all over state, signaling a resurgence in LGBT activism across the state. Idaho’s only openly gay legislator, Sen. Nicole LeFavour (a former wilderness firefighter), is fighting to rep Idaho in Congress next year, and 22-year-old Nate Murphy (pictured) is campaigning to be become the second out gay candidate to win a seat in the Idaho legislature. Meanwhile, Add the Words activists continue to peacefully post sticky notes on glass doors in the state Capitol and camp outside in protest.