Reasons to Have Pride in 2012, Part 3

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 third of four parts of 181 reasons to feel proud of not being straight and narrow.



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A quick peek at Miley Cyrus’s right-hand ring finger will reveal a small equal sign tattoo, and she’s repeatedly tweeted her motto, “All love is equal.” To naysayers, Cyrus replied, “Where does it say in the Bible to judge others? Oh right. It doesn’t. God is the only judge, honey. God is love.” She’s not the only one. The Voice’s judges Blake Shelton and Adam Levine openly flirt with each other, and Levine was photographed for the cover of Out. Big names aren’t the only ones, as emerging bands are talking more than ever about LGBT support. “The gay community is very supportive of my career,” VV Brown (pictured) told Gay List Daily in February. “It’s great because they’re fabulous.” Grass Widow put out a group statement saying, “None of us identify as queer, but we are definitely advocates and have always made a point to make our music and in particular our shows accessible to everyone, promoting a positive, gender-inclusive atmosphere.”