YEAR IN REVIEW

The Top Ten LGBT News Stories Of 2011 Revealed!

Don’t Ask Don’t Tell repeal goes into effect
September 20, 2011

After a nine-month waiting period, September marked the end of both a specific 18-year-old policy and an shameful form of discrimination that’s as old as our nation. As the official statement from the Joint Chief of Staffs read:

“Today marks the end of ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.’ The law is repealed. From this day forward, gay and lesbian soldiers may serve in our Army with the dignity and respect they deserve. Our rules, regulations and politics reflect the repeal guidance issued by the Department of Defense and will apply uniformly without regard to sexual orientation, which is a personal and private matter.”

To that, we say: Duh!

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8 Comments

  • Hyhybt

    A good list.

  • kawneekwa

    Go Navy!

  • Mark

    8 out of 10 stories are US-centric. Of the two stories that aren’t, Hillary Clinton’s UN address is the only one on the list that has any tangible significance to people outside the US.

    Not to diminish the impact caused by some of the stories in your list, but I would have included something like the protests in Russia as it faces having mention of LGBTs being outlawed, rather than a single person being booed by someone in the audience in a debate between several minor political figures in America.

  • Triple S

    As Mark said, not to diminish the niceness of the list items, but I seriously doubt that transgender man on Dancing With he Stars is one of the most important things of this year for gays. I don’t know a whole lot of other examples, but I’m sure there would be something in another continent that North America or to do with America.

    Again, I don’t mean to diminish any of the importance of these articles.

  • Dan

    As a result of the Supreme Court ruling and subsequent top Appellate Court ruling, marriage equality in Brazil is the top story of 2011, followed by marriage equality in New York.

  • gay greece

    Most reviews in U.S. sites tend to be way too centered on what’s happening in the U.S. By the way, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was repealed by the Senate December 18, 2010. Even though it went into effect in 2011, politically the repeal is a newsstory from 2010.

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