A Look Back at the Year of Greatest Accomplishments for the LGBT Movement
December 16, 2013 by Carolyn Simon, Deputy Director of Digital Media
A year ago, we changed the course of history for the LGBT movement with unprecedented victories in the 2012 elections. It seemed improbable that we could see even greater gains in 2013.
Yet there is no doubt, 2013 is the year of greatest accomplishments for the LGBT movement. Our new site, Best of 2013, celebrates these incredible achievements.
Eight states added marriage equality, doubling the number of states with these benefits. At the end of 2012, 14 percent of Americans lived in states with marriage equality, and now that number is 37.7 percent. More than 10 million people switched their profile photos to HRC¹s red equality logo as the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two marriage equality cases in March, and three months later, social media was again awash in red when the court stood on the right side of history in both cases.
That was only the beginning. The U.S. Senate took a historic step toward achieving workplace protections for all Americans by passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. We made gains in the most unlikely places - in the reddest cities and states across this country, in veterans hospitals, and in the eyes of Pope Francis.
Your support of the Human Rights Campaign made all of these victories possible. Please join us in celebrating the unprecedented accomplishments of 2013, and stand with us as we remain vigilant to bring equality everywhere, to everyone.
Visit www.hrc.org/bestof2013 for more.
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