Changing the Course of History: Best of 2012


2012 was a year of unprecedented victories for the LGBT community. Voters secured equal marriage rights in Maine, Maryland and Washington, and defeated a marriage ban in Minnesota. The most pro-equality president in history will stay in the White House for another four years. Come January, Tammy Baldwin will be sworn in as the first openly gay member of the United States Senate, and the largest-ever group of openly LGB members of the U.S. House of Representatives will join her on Capitol Hill. And Iowa Justice David Wiggins, who ruled in favor of marriage equality, will keep his seat, despite another attempt by foes of equality to politicize the justice system.

The election was just one part of the success we saw this year. We are closer to full LGBT equality in our relationships, in workplaces, in schools, for our families and beyond. From the record-breaking 252 businesses receiving perfect scores on this year’s Corporate Equality Index to the launch of inaugural Municipal Equality Index to over 100 adoption agencies nationwide utilizing resources from All Children - All Families, we continue working across the board to promote full equality in our homes, schools, workplaces and healthcare facilities. Campaigns with celebrity advocates like Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman raised awareness for marriage equality, while new initiatives like our groundbreaking survey of over 10,000 LGBT youth focused critical attention on a rising generation of equality leaders.

We simply could not have done it without your support. Your commitment to this organization enabled us to do truly incredible things this year — and your support made it possible for us to outwork our adversaries and win commanding victories at every turn. While there remains much work to be done, 2012 was a year filled with tremendous accomplishments.