And what a gay year it was!

BuzzFeed LGBT highlights 60 moments the U.S. and the world can be proud of. And when you see all the events that happened in the last 365 days, it does actually look like significant progress.

I think Dan Savage put it best when he said on his Twitter account: “This is what a cultural tipping point looks like. Read it and weep, haters.”

In honor of you fine people supporting the progress by educating yourself, I have compiled some of the reasons here, with a bit of an emphasis on hip hop because, well, I like hip hop. Granted, lots of amazing hip hop artists have supported LGBT rights for years through positive representation in their music.

Another interesting note about these reasons to be proud, is that a few of them take into account the practice of not making someone’s sexual orientation the focus of every piece of media produced about the person. For example,

Coming out in Hollywood in 2012 became a casual affair. Gone were the days of the “I’m Gay” cover photo…

Jim Parsons’ sexuality was a matter-of-fact statement buried in a “New York Times” profile.

Of course, it’s important to note that there are still huge barriers for people who identify as lesbian, gay, bi, queer and trans.  But let’s take a moment to celebrate our successes.

Get your tissues, cause here we go.

“No. 6  When Frank Ocean came out via Tumblr, the hip hop community embraced him.”

“No. 7  Russell Simmons and Tyler, The Creator immediately vocalized support for the singer.”

Simmons’ statement read:

I am profoundly moved by the courage and honesty of Frank Ocean. Your decision to go public about your sexual orientation gives hope and light to so many young people still living in fear. These types of secrets should not matter anymore, but we know they do, and because of that I decided to write this short statement of support for one of the greatest new artists we have.”

“No. 8 Jay-Z led the pack as one of the first major hip hop artists to back same-sex marriage.”

Jay Z

“9. The hip hop duo, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, released a song in support of marriage equality.”

“11. Murs’ music video for “Animal Style” denounced intolerance and even addressed teen suicide.”

“13. A record 23 openly gay athletes competed in Summer Olympics and 10 of them took home medals.”

“17. Pro poker player, Jason Somerville, came out to his peers in a blog post and became the first out player.”

“25. Texts From Hillary was created in a gay sports bar.”

“31. Tammy Baldwin became the first out LGBT senator.”

“37. Marriage equality won out in all four states with measures regarding same-sex marriage on the ballot.”

“39. Spain reaffirmed marriage equality in a constitutional court ruling.”

“40. Back in the U.S., it turned out that the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” had no negative impact on the military.”

“46. Ellen DeGeneres was awarded the 15th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.”

“47. In the comics world, ‘X-Men’ character, Northstar, married his longtime boyfriend.”

“50. Less than a year after introducing its first gay character, Kevin, “Archie” penned its first same-sex wedding for Kevin and his beau.”

“57. Both Intel and UPS dropped funding for the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) over its anti-gay policies.”

“58. Over 170 Eagle Scouts from all across the country pledged to give their pin in support of Ryan Andersen who was denied his Eagle award.”

“60. American Psychiatric Association made revisions to no longer classify transgender and gender-nonconforming identities as a mental disorder.”

I highly recommend you read the full article here.

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