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The LGBT Year in Review

By December 26, 2012

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2012 was a great year for LGBT politics and rights. President Obama, the most LGBT-friendly president thus far was re-elected and many gay marriage initiatives passed at the ballot box. 2012 was also a year of celebrities coming out, including LGBT Olympic athletes. Let's take a look back at 2012 and all the good things that happened for LGBT rights.

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December 27, 2012 at 11:19 pm
(1) rabdrake says:

Laura Nyro was inducted into the Rock and Hall of Fame in April. Laura joined 8 other LGBT members, i.e. Bessy Smith, David Bowey, Dusty Springfield, Elton John, Freddie Mercury, Little Richard, Ma Rainey, and Michael Stipe.
Laura Nyro, a bisexual, lived and embraced the radical, feminist, lesbian subculture from the mid-70′s to her death in 1997. Woman identified and goddess driven, Nyro pioneered open expressions of same-sex attraction, rarely heard, in the popular music of the day. Some of her songs were Emmie, Timer, Désiree, Roadnotes, Walk the Dog and Light the Light…
Her radical views tested the limits of gender. In both her covers of Spanish Harlem, she changed the gender of the beloved from her to him and added lyrics emphasizing the male gender. As a sign of the times, Laura’s transposition caused comment about the appropriateness of a man being a rose.
Laura was inducted into the RnRHoF without any mention of the unique way she sang intimately and ultimately about same-sex love.
If anything or anyone one should be noted in 2012, it’s Laura Nyro’s accolade and her contributions to queer music

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