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Our Favorite and Least Favorite People of 2012

Favorite2012- what a crazy year. From the war on women in legislation to the victories of women in the most recent elections, we have had quite the battle on our hands. With the controversial always come the revolutionary and thankfully there was more inspiration than those that make the early activists cringe. As we reflect on the year that has passes, let us be encouraged to support those who have made us proud and work to never have those Tea Partiers (and others) determine what is and is not qualified as a human right. Let us know who has motivated you this year and what we can look forward to in 2013. Cheers!

Favorites:

President Obama and his administration (yes, that includes Hilary)- It may have taken four years and a nudge from the VP’s loose lips, but this year the President voiced his support for Gay Marriage. On top of assuring the reversal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, hosting the first ever White House LGBT Pride Reception and leading a measure at the United Nations to restore “sexual orientation” to human rights, it has not only been a good year for us, but a great term for the President and his Administration. Check out the timeline from his first 4 years, and get excited for the progress to come.

Tammy Baldwin

Tammy Baldwin

Tammy Baldwin and other women of the Senate– After the chaotic war on women’s rights leading up to the election, we could finally exhale a bit knowing who the Americans elected to Congress. Tammy Baldwin (WI) became the first open lesbian to serve and she couldn’t have chosen a better time to head to Washington to join the fight. Because of her and several other victories around the country such as Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) and Elizabeth Warren (MA) we will finally begin to build the representation that we deserve.

Jennifer Beals– Most lesbians hold Jennifer Beals in their minds as sassy, sexy power lesbian Bette from The L Word. Unfortunately (for us) Beals is straight- but doesn’t fail to use her prowess as a strong ally for the LGBT community. Winning the HRC Ally for Equality award this year, The L Stop’s own Kathy Guzman had the honor of introducing her amazingly written and heartfelt speech (which she later donated along with her gown to benefit the same organization).

Kate McKinnon– Hilarious and cute! Kate McKinnon became the first open Lesbian to hold a highly coveted space on the cast of Saturday Night Live. For the first time in 27 years the LGBT community is represented on the show and we sure are happy its McKinnon!

Minnesotans– This fall Minnesotans overcame inequality by voting down an amendment that would make same-sex marriage illegal. With crazies like Michele Bachmann strongly campaigning with their dirty, hateful funds it was an amazing feat for the state and its grassroots campaigning (thanks to Minnesotans for Equality) to vote the amendment down by a single percent. Not to mention the Viking’s kicker Chris Kluwe sent an amazing letter to Emmett Burns defending open minds in the world professional sports.

Knights Out– An organization of West Point staff, alumni and allies committed to educate officers about the issues and contributions of LGBT troops. Though founded in 2009 this represents the amount of progress that we are making after Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was repealed. By educating the current students the organization of more than 400 is paving way for an inclusive and accepting organization.

The US Federal Appeals Court and The US Supreme court– All I have to say about this is finally. The US Federal Appeals Court ruled the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional and the Supreme Court followed that with agreeing to hear the case challenging it. Bam.

Pussy Riot

Pussy Riot

Pussy Riot – My personal favorite of the year (and Halloween costume) these Russian women stage guerilla performances around the country with issues ranging from the oppression of Putin to LGBT rights. Three of the women were arrested this year under charges of “hooliganism” for protesting the political climate in a church. Basically they win the award for bad-asses of the year. And everyone on BBC said “pussy” for weeks on end.

Lana Wachowski, Frank Ocean, Anderson Cooper, etc– From Lana Wachowski, the first mainsteam film director to come out as Trangender to Frank Ocean to Anderson Cooper (duh!) it was a big year for coming out for celebrities. The “It Gets Better Campaign” seemed to pull people out of the woodwork to finally vocalize and share their passion and even their personal life stories with the entire world.

Jane Lynch– Hilarious, gay and political! Lynch joined forces with other heavy hitting women to form the Lesbian Political Action Committee- aimed at showing those other PACs that we too can raise crazy amounts of money- but for good instead of evil.

Least:

The Tea Party– Michelle Bachman. She sucks. So do they all.

Westborough Baptist Church– Yup, its gotten worse. But guess what- people who protest kid’s funerals get hit by trucks.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer– Her state is invaded by illegals! Vom. For a woman she has some pretty loony/messed up/stupid views. People like this should be rounded up and sent away. That’s survival of the fittest right?

Ann Coulter

Ann Coulter

Ann Coulter– Always crazy, always pulling her foot from her mouth. Announcing via Twitter her idea of a “disown your [gay] son day” it hasn’t gotten this ridiculous in awhile. She should probably disappear now.

Chick Fil A– Though Chick-fil-A has funded anti-LGBT organizations for years, it wasn’t until this year that the mainstream took it and ran, causing one of the best LGBT boycotts/demonstations of the year. Nothing masks the smell of hatred, waffle fries and chicken but for a bunch o gays makin out on the street.

Tennessee State Senator Stacey Campfield– Authored of the “don’t say gay” bill in his state hoping to ban schools from teaching about homosexuality. Oh yeah and he also did say that it is “impossible to contract AIDS through heterosexual sex,”

Mike Huckabee– Us gays cause lots of natural disasters, but to be blamed for mass shootings that took the lives of children? Not buyin it. “We diminish and even hold in contempt the natural family of a father and mother creating and then responsibly raising the next generation and then express dismay that kids feel no real connection to their families or even the concept of a family.” Really dude?

Todd

Todd Akin

Todd Akin– Legitimate rape. Really I don’t have much more to say about this except for THANK YOU SIR for inspiring women to fight against D-bags like you!

North Carolina pastor Charles L. Worley– “Build a great, big, large fence — 150 or 100 miles long — put all the lesbians in there,” Huh.

The Boy Scouts– Since they are molding boys to be “morally straight”, they should probably make sure none of them go into politics. It’s sad that an organization that has the ability to work with so many young boys is so extremely messed up morally and otherwise. However, big organizations like UPS are giving them the middle finger- maybe when they are broke they will learn.

 

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Lauren was born and raised in South Minneapolis and like many other innocent midwesterners got sucked into the black hole of Chicago politics 4 years ago. As the LGBT Coordinator for the Gery Chico for Mayor Campaign she attempted to take on the entire city and hasn’t looked back since. Now working for a communications firm, she spends her extra time running around with cases of PBR playing in different sports leagues, hosting couchsurfers from all over the place, and deciding how she is going to change the world. A simple lady at her core, she has decided that the first person to send her an edible arrangement must be the one.

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