Happy ThanksGAYving!

By Kacie
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First off, I love turkey. (See also, Tofurky – shout out to my Vegans on Thanksgiving!)
Now to the rest of the post. I know that Thanksgiving is a mystery holiday to most people outside of the States. I assure you it is a real holiday, but with all of the other “holidays” around it I see where your confusion is coming from. First we celebrate Blackout Wednesday, a night most of us don’t remember. Then it’s on to Thanksgiving (Thursday) for a 200 lb. turkey, more booze, American Football and pumpkin pie. After that we’ve got Black Friday, followed by Small Business Saturday, regular ol’ Sunday and we wrap it up with Cyber Monday. I know what you’re thinking… that does sound gay. Alright, what you’re more likely thinking is: that’s a lot of drinking and a lot of eating and a ton of shopping, but not too much giving, and certainly no thanking.
My favorite Thanksgiving tradition comes right before the meal. Each person goes around the table and shares what they’re thankful for. Every year I say: my family, my friends, my health/their health, but there’s so much more of which to be grateful. Sometimes, it’s difficult to remember what we’re thankful for (other than the pumpkin pie). So this year I’ve compiled a list of 11 amazing LGBT moments from all over the world.
JanuaryNorthern Cyprus decriminalizes same-sex sexual activity
Februarythe Scottish Parliament approves the same-sex marriage bill

March – same-sex marriage is legal in England and Wales

AprilParliament approves a civil partnership bill in Malta

Mayin Geiger v. Kitzhaber, U.S. District Court Judge Michael McShane ruled that Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage violates the equal protection clause of the U.S. constitution for gay and lesbian couples

Junethe LGBT community celebrates the 45th anniversary of The Stonewall Riots

July – United States President Barack Obama signs an executive order expanding employment protections for federal workers and contractors to include gender identity – this order also bans sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination for companies receiving federal contracts

Augustthe Constitutional Court of Uganda invalidates the Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Septemberthe Congress in the Mexican state of Coahuila legalizes same-sex marriage

October – Estonia becomes the first former Soviet country to recognize same-sex partnerships

Novemberin Rolando v. Fox, U.S. District Judge Brian Morris ruled that Montana’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional – the judge did not issue a stay on his ruling, which allows state officials to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples
Here’s to another amazing year for all of us – with plenty to be thankful for!
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