Top 10 News Stories of 2012

As far as the news cycle is concerned, 2012 was a banner year for LGBTs. From never-ending coverage of Chick-fil-A’s antigay ways to the president’s endorsement of marriage equality — and the collective conservative conniption that followed — these are the stories that topped our gaydar in 2012.



1. The Clucking Mess of Chick-fil-A
Georgia-based fried chicken chain Chick-fil-A became a national flash point when it was revealed that the company had donated more than $5 million to antigay groups, including a hate group as designated by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Company president Dan Cathy added to the firestorm when he said he opposes marriage equality and operates his fast-food chain according to “biblical principles.” The resulting boycotts led conservative former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee to call for a national Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day. LGBT activists responded with kiss-in protests, and a gay artist vandalized a Torrance, Calif., franchise with the words “Tastes Like Hate.”