Even with bad news out of Bermuda, many in-roads were made in 2017.
Small moments can lead to enormous change, like when Angela Merkel was politely confronted on LGBT rights.
Malta, population 420,000, shows what political will and a commitment to separation of church and state can accomplish.
Politicians don't need to stop reaching out to minority groups — they have to remind the majority that everyone deserves equality and opportunity.
It's a personal and difficult journey for all of us.
As activists push for change in the notoriously homophobic region, Aruba takes a big step in the right direction.
This National Coming Out Day on Saturday, celebrate your identity, but also remember the LGBTs around the world who must still hide behind the closet door.