The year 2012 will go down in the history books as among the most pivotal in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights movement.
We witnessed a massive turning point in the political arena, as LGBT issues were no longer a political liability for gay-supportive politicians and actually turned out to be a boon as Americans embraced fairness for gay people. Marriage equality had big wins in four states for the first time at the ballot after years of losing in over 30 states. President Barack Obama came out for full equality, including marriage, ran on that in his re-election, and won. Transgender equality scored big with major rulings by government as well as changes by medical authorities. Lesbians flexed their political muscle, bisexuals got a representative in Congress, hate crimes laws were put to the test, and we finished out the year heading to the Supreme Court.
Check out the slideshow below to relive some of the biggest LGBT political moments of 2012. Tell us your favorite -- or one we might have missed -- in the comments section below.