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The Best for LGBT in 2010

Gay Rights and Victories for 2010


2010 was a year of ups and downs for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and their supporters. Here we take a look at some of the best moments in 2010 for the LGBT community.

1. Prop 8 Declared Unconstitutional

Repeal Hate SF Protests Prop 8 Passage 11/15/08
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Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the federal challenge to California's Prop 8, which overturned the right to marry in California was decided in August 2010 by Judge Vaughn Walker. Prop 8 was declared unconstitutional and for a moment it looked like same-sex couples would be able to marry again in California. But while the decision was stayed, and gay marriage was put on hold, this is aone more victory on an issue that will likely be decided at the Supreme Court.

2. Florida Overturns Ban on Gay Adoption

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Florida was the only state in the US to explicitly ban gays and lesbians from adopting children, even as it allowed them to be foster parents. A ruling in October 2010 overturned Florida's ban on gay adoption.

3. More Same-Sex Marriage than Ever Before

I do Support Marriage Equality
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2010 saw a slew of new places legalizing same-sex marriage.  Add to the places gays and lesbians can get married: Washington, DC, New Hampshire, Portugal, Iceland and Argentina. In Iceland  Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir married her partner writer Jonina Leosdottir when the law went into effect there in June.

4. Glee

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I can't think of a gayer show on TV since Will & Grace. Glee is fun and funny and really deals with the issues of being a queer teen in high school, what it means to be an outsider and how young people thrive despite the obtacles and challenges people put before them. Out lesbian Jane Lynch won an Emmy for her role as Sue Sylvester and Chris Colfer is an out actor who plays gay teen singing sensation Kurt, two of the girls are bisexual and Rachel has two gay dads. What could be gayer?!

More: A History of Lesbians on TV

5. More Celebrities Come out in 2010

Anna Paquin is bisexual
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True Blood star Anna Paquin came out in 2010 as part of the "We Give a Damn Campaign" started by Cyndi Lauper. Chely Wright broke down the Nashville closet door as the first major country music star to come out as gay or lesbian.

Celebrities didn't just come out in 2010, they tied the knot. Jane Lynch married her partner Lara Embry in Massachusetts in May. Kelly McGillis had a civil union with her partner of 10 years in September in New Jersey.

6. Lady Gaga Takes up Gay Rights

Lady Gaga Speaking out Against Don't Ask, Don't Tell
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The most popular pop singer in the world, Lady Gaga made it her mission this year to see that the US military overturn its ban on gays serving openly. Although DADT is still on the books at the end of 2010, it's really only a matter of time before it falls. But let's hope Gaga stays on top for a while.

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