MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts looks back at the year that was in LGBT news. Here are some of his highlights and our reporting from this “banner year” for equality:
Dec. 6: Obama administration pledges to prioritize LGBT equality in its foreign policy and directs agencies to help LGBT refugees. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers a speech in Geneva, in which she reminds the leaders of the world that “gay rights are human rights.”
Sep. 20: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is officially repealed.
July 16: Gay troops participate in San Diego’s gay pride parade.
June 16: U.N. Human Rights Council passes a resolution condemning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
April 29: Department of Labor bans discrimination based on gender identity.
Feb. 23: Justice Department announces it won’t defend the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act.
Feb. 1: Department of State recognizes nontraditional families on passport applications.
2011: Record number of Americans support same-sex marriage.
Watch the round-up: