2013 was a monumental year for gay parenting. What were some of the biggest moments of 2013? Read on to find out.
CELEBRITIES COME OUT. Actress Jodie Foster, gay parent of two sons, started off the year by coming out at the Golden Globes Awards in January. Mentioning her ex-partner and co-parent, Cydney Bernard, rumors of Foster’s sexuality were finally put to rest.
Arista Records mogul Clive Davis made a bigger splash than Foster in February, coming out as bisexual in his new autobiography. Stating that he had been with a male partner for several years, gay parent Davis said that his family is accepting of his partner.
The sports world made history as NBA star Jason Collins became the first active player in baseball, basketball, football, and hockey to come out as gay. Collins publicly broke the news in a Sports Illustrated article this past spring.
The world was treated to a Thanksgiving surprise as actress and mother Maria Bello came out at the end of November. The “Coyote Ugly” star revealed that she had fallen in love with her longtime friend, Clare.
December was also a lively month for coming out, gold medalist figure skater Brian Boitano revealing his sexuality in December. Last but not least, “Good Morning America” co-host Robin Roberts recently came out by publicly thanking her female partner Amber Laign. Laign had been there through Robert’s battle with breast cancer.
GAY MARRIAGE. Gay marriage took off in 2013, seven states allowing same-sex marriage. New Jersey, Minnesota, Hawaii, Delaware, Illinois, Rhode Island, and New Mexico became the newest states to legalize gay marriage.
DOMA AND PROP. 8 OUT. The LGBT community crossed their fingers, as the Supreme Court ruled on Prop. 8 and DOMA this past summer. Gay parents and activists celebrated as DOMA was struck down in June, Prop. 8 given the same fate. Widow Edith Windsor became the gay community’s hero. The ruling ruled in Windsor’s favor, Windsor not having to pay $300,000 in taxes the federal government had originally demanded from her after her partner had died a few years prior. The year also saw good news for states that did not permit gay marriage. Couples could get married in a state that legalized marriage and still get federal benefits upon returning to their home state.
ORGANIZATIONS PROMOTE LGBT EQUALITY. In May, The Boy Scouts of America decided to allow gay boy scouts into its organization. While it is a step in the right direction, gay parents are still prohibited from serving as scout leaders.
The NFL, having a reputation for homophobia, stepped up its policies by including sexual orientation in it training efforts, including the Rookies Symposium and football operations meetings. More committed to fighting LGBT discrimination, Baltimore Raven’s player Brendon Ayanbadejo publicly advocated for the gay community, also calling out the San Francisco 49er’s Chris Culliver. Culliver’s anti-gay slur around Super Bowl week did not set well with many people, Culliver issuing a public apology.
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