QUESTION: What Are Your Predictions For The LGBT Community In 2013?

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2012 was a corker of a year: Not only did we have the President’s support for marriage equality, but we won an unprecedented number of battles in the voting booth. There were celebrities coming out, the international community standing up for LGBT rights and the election of the first openly gay person in the U.S. Senate.

What’s your prediction for 2013?

So, what are we going to see in 2013? Will the momentum continue or will we see a backlash against all the advances of the past few years? Will a leading man finally come out of the closet, or will it be a major-league athlete who shares his truth? Peer into your crystal ball and share your predictions—no matter how big or small—in the comment section below.

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  • QJ201

    4 more states will enact marriage equality, making it more than 25% of states

    The Supremes will punt and overrule Prop 8, but NOT rule for nationwide marriage equality.

    Section 3 of DOMA will fall.

    Kim Kardashian will do EVERYTHING in her power to make sure the gays are paying more attention to her bastard baby than to Will and Kate’s heir to the throne.

  • Guillermo3

    LGBTSs will remain LGBT and will neither wish,nor be able to pray the LGBT AWAY.

  • Jason

    In 2013, a high-profile, respected, active player in the NFL will come out, not because he is forced to by the tabloids or a spurned lover, but because he realizes it’s time.

    To support him, a handful of other pro athletes will follow his example.

    College players who are pro prospects will be less concerned about whether being gay will ruin their career before it starts.

    High school players won’t worry about whether whom they love will keep them from having the opportunity to play in college.

    Pop Warner, grammar school, and community youth leagues will encourage ALL children regardless of what coaches, league officials, or parents believe is or may be the child’s sexual orientation.

    OK, maybe expecting such a huge number of people to all change their attitudes in the coming 363 days isn’t reasonable. But hoping one man has the intestinal fortitude to kick it off (pun intended) absolutely is.

  • alterego1980

    I agree with QJ201 in that I think the Supreme Court will overturn Prop 8 and strike down Section 3 of DOMA. That would be a hugely positive force for the year. Anything above and beyond that would be icing on the cake. I.E., I’m sure we will get a steady diet of minor celebrities and other “important” people who come out, further breaking barriers. Have a happy 2013 everyone.

  • boring

    I dunno, better, more varied taste in music?

  • erikwm

    We get legislative victories on marriage in Illinois, Rhode Island, and Delaware. We win on Prop 8 at the Supreme Court, making California the 13th state to recognize gay marriage. Section 3 of DOMA is struck down.

    Pop culture? More celebrities will come out, fewer people will care. No major sports stars though.

    We finally get that Lady Gaga and Cher duet that’s been rumored for awhile.

  • CaptainFabulous

    Scalia, Thomas, Robertson and the Phelps family all die after protracted and excruciatingly painful illnesses. And please please please let us get the blame.

    Every Tea Party Republicant along with Boehner, Cantor, Ryan, Bachmann, and McConnell are either voted out of office or die in a fiery plane crash. And what the Hell, the Koch brothers drop dead too, crushed and suffocated in a tragic, yet ironic avalanche of Angel Soft ass wipes.

    Obama gets to put 2 new liberal appointments to SCOTUS and we get federal marriage equality along with an undoing of Citizen’s United and the repeal of DOMA.

    Alas, not so much predictions as a wishlist. But hey, I can dream can’t I?

  • Guillermo3

    @CaptainFabulous: Dream On!!,Captain!!
    They’re great dreams[especially about Bachmann],and the world will
    be a better place if they come truewhether world recognizes that or not!!!

  • jwrappaport

    DOMA will fall and Prop 8 with it by a 5-4 vote (Kennedy with the three ladies and Breyer). I predict they’ll do what the Court does best on civil rights issues: avoid the tough questions by hiding behind federalism or procedure – take your pick.

    ENDA will be thrown around, but Obama will not likely expend serious political capital to pass it.

  • Markie-Mark

    When Congress figures out how much money they will have to pay back to gay taxpayers in the event that SCOTUS finds DoMA unconstitutional (taxpayers can amend their tax form filed in 3 previous years) Congress will cobble together a majority and pass the Respect For All Marriages Act. SCOTUS will then dismiss the case as moot. Eddie Winsor will get nothing and gay taxpayers who have overpayed by as much as $10, 000 per year will get nothing. SCOTUS will be very happy to not establish a precedent on this issue. And Obama will declare himself a hero. But at least gay taxpayers will not be penalized going forward.

    SCOTUS will find that PropH8 proponets do not have standing, so CA will have marriage. After MUCH wrangling and roadblocks IL and RI will adopt marriage equality this year.

    So, I predict victories, but not as wonderful as anticipated.

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