The Pride of our Lives


The end of Gay Pride is today, did you have a proud and out month?

Interestingly, Esurance teamed up with Instinct Magazine to come up with a list of the "Pride of Our Lives" that includes some great achievements that have happened since Instinct Magazine came on the scene 13 years ago.

1997 -- 36 million viewers watched Ellen DeGeneres' character Ellen Morgan come out as a lesbian on the popular sitcom Ellen.
1998 -- Will & Grace hits airwaves giving us thousands of "Just Jack" moments for years to come.
1999 -- Vermont becomes the first state in the country to legally recognize civil unions between gay or lesbian couples. The law states that these "couples would be entitled to the same benefits, privileges, and responsibilities as spouses."


2001 -- The Netherlands becomes the first nation to grant same-sex marriage.
2003 -- Queer Eye for the Straight Guy premieres on Bravo, introducing a vast majority of Americans to everyday gay men and manscaping.
2004 -- June 27th marks the 30th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. 2.5 million people attend the Pride parade in São Paulo, Brazil, making it the world's biggest Pride parade ever.
2005 -- Brokeback Mountain premieres with two major (straight) Hollywood leading men playing the roles of gay lovers. Both Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger would go on to be nominated for Oscars for their roles.
2007 -- Our favorite former child-doc turned sassy heartthrob, Neil Patrick Harris comes out of the closet.
2007 -- Milk sweeps the Oscars, complete with a riveting win and acceptance speech by out screenwriter Dustin Lance Black.
2009 -- On October 28th Obama signs the Matthew Sheppard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law.
2009 -- Marking a historic first, Don't Ask, Don't Tell's most vocal activists Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach and Lt. Dan Choi pose together on Instinct's Leading Men cover.
2009 -- Estimates vary, but on October 11th 100,000 GLBT community members and allies take to the streets of D.C. for the historic March on Washington-- demanding full equality in all capacities.
2010 -- Ricky Martin comes out of the closet.
2010 -- Laura Bush comes out in defense of marriage equality.

Here are some other important LGBT moments:

1969 - I was born
1978 - Harvey Milk assasinated
1987 - AZT introduced as first drug to treat HIV
1990 - Ryan White dies from AIDS
1991 - I attended my first Gay Pride in Columbus, OH
1993 - DADT Signed by President Bill Clinton
1995 - First protease inhibitor
???? - Federal Recognition of same-sex marriage
???? - Repeal of DADT
???? - ENDA Signed

What important LGBT moments would you add to the list?

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