20 Most memorable moments of 2010

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 2010 is coming to an end and 2011 will be filled with new memories shared with loved ones, good friends and family. Before we step into the future lets take a step back and look at all the accomplishments as well as tribulations the LGBT community has taken on this year. I wish you all a POSITIVE and blessed year in 2011. Always put your best foot forward and follow your dreams! Enjoy the list :-)

{Note: This list is in no particular order.}

The Repeal of DADT- After years and years of protest and careers lost because of peoples “sexual orientation” DADT was finally repealed on December 18, 2010 and signed into law by Barack Obama on December 22, 2010.

Suicides within the LGBT community- When I think of 2010 a grim nostalgia falls over me. There were a multitude of suicides that came to light around the later part of the year. More than 8 gay youth took their ow lives within the course of a month and the reaction spawned into creative new movements supporting youth like Im Gay Now What and The Trevor Project. Spirit day was also put into play as a result of the suicides.

Ricky Martin- As if the gays didn’t already know…..Ricky Martin decided to publicly announce that he was a gay man. We applaud his efforts and appreciate him using his voice to reach out to young gay men all over the world.

Men in Malawi released- Last year I covered a story that made me realize how lucky we all are to have the little bit of freedom as Gay Americans we do have here. Two men in Malawi Africa were put in jail for having a “commitment ceremony” and were told they were each going to be executed. After a collaborate effort between a few groups in Malawi, Madonna, and thousands of LGBT Americans, a petition was passed around and sent to Malawi and by the grace of god the two men were freed. AMAZING.

First Transgender Judge in the U.S.-Who remembers Victoria Kolakowski? I do! She was the first Trans woman to be appointed as a trial judge in the United States. This is HUGE for the Trans community.

Eddie Long Scandal- We ALL remember the Eddie Long scandal. If were being realistic the Eddie Long story is still unfolding as we speak. Eddie Long was accused of having sexual relationships with three young gay men who were a part of his church and spoiling them with lavish gifts and trips around the U.S. Interesting right? We’ll see what happens in 2011.

Annise Parker. Houstons first Gay Mayor- Annise Parker marked a huge milestone in the history or Houston Texas. In 2010 she became Houston’s first openly Gay Mayor. She also showed her ongoing support for the community by marching in Houston’s Gay Pride parade this past year.

The murder of Durand Robinson- Days before Atlanta Black Gay Pride a tragedy struck the LGBT community. Durand Robinson lost his life while being car jacked in the wee hours of the morning. Durand was good a huge advocate of the LGBT community and gay rights as well as one of the main coordinators for Atlanta Black Gay Pride. He will surely be missed but NEVER forgotten!

Constance McMillen gets banned from prom- This was a bitter story with a sweet ending. High school student and Lesbian Constance McMillen was banned from prom and then blamed for its cancellation after she reported that school officials wouldn’t allow her to attend prom with her girlfriend. After lawsuits, a ton of ridicule from classmates and an appearance on the Ellen show, Constance was rewarded with $35,000 for her pain/suffering, a college scholarship from Ellen, and finally, a trip to prom.

Gay Adoption bill passed in Florida- This was a wonderful day for LGBT residents of Florida. The state of Florida overturned a ban on gay adoption that was hindering hundreds of gay residents from adopting children. Now gays in Florida can adopt :-)

GLEE gay kiss- This ones for my GLEE heads. GLEE pushed the envelope this past year by allowing two gay on screen smooches. One between men and one between women. The show did LGBT youth a huge service by showing a gay relationship between high school kids. This was epic.

Anna Paquin comes out- True Blood star Anna Paquin came out as bisexual in the middle of the year and made the web crash for about ten minutes. Lol. She told press she chose to come out to show her support for the LGBT community and voice her opinion on Prop8.

B.Scott goes mainstream- 2010 was a HUGE year for B.Scott. Not only did he take his career to the next level, he kicked down doors that were once closed to BLACK MEN within the LGBT community and made his mark in mainstream media as well. We appreciate all he has done for the face of the Black Gay community this past year.

Anderson Cooper saves child- Anderson Cooper saved a child who was on his was to being buried by falling rocks in Haiti. Anderson saw rubble falling while he was doing an on site report in Haiti and  ran towards the child standing below the rubble only to grab him in his arms and push him out of the way of the rubble. Quite a guy huh? We think so!

Lady Gaga brings soldiers to VMA’s- You can just add this on to the list of reasons why I adore Lady Gaga. In 2010 she had a small group of soldiers who were affected by DADT escort her to the MTV VMA’s. Not only did she bring attention to the soldiers but she brought attention to the fact that DADT was WRONG and needed to be repealed. Go Gaga!

Uganda publishes list of gay men- More drama from Uganda. As if “corrective rape” procedures aren’t bad enough, the editor of Uganda Rolling Stone felt it necessary to publish the names and address’s of gay men around the are that “deserved to be hung.” Lets hope things change in 2011.

The death of Messy Mya- This disheartens me even now as I type this post. Messy Mya was slain in New Orleans Louisiana while attending a party with friends somewhere in the 9thward. His deathwas a tragedy and his new born baby will have to go through life without a father. His friends, family, and fans will mourn his death in silence as life drags on day by day. We will NEVER forget Messy Mya. He was a good person and FUNNY as hell. Now…. follow me camera….and remember Messy Mya with a smile and your head held high to the sky.

Matrice Richardson’s missing body found- This was extremely sad. Mitrice Richardson went missing in 2009 after being released from police custody. Her family and girlfriend searched for her for over a year before her body was found near the Santa Monica Mountains. There’s still no confirmation on how she died.

Chely Wright comes out- Country star Chely Wright came out as an openly gay woman this past year. The music world was surprised but very accepting of her big news. The LGBT community welcomed her with open arms.

Perez Hilton stops bullying- Last but not least on the list of fond memories for the year is Perez Hilton and his decision to  become a nicer person this year. His voice reaches a large audience and the best way to lead is by example. It amazing that he changed for the better!

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Aryka Randall is a media mogul in the making from San Diego, California. After relocating to Louisiana in 2004, Randall became active in her local LGBTQ community. Randall was recently featured on Go Magazines annual ‘100 Women We Love‘ issue along with Tagg Magazine, the Dinah Shore Blog, and a number of other LGBT publications for her work in the LGBT community

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