Politically this was an up and down year for gays and lesbians. We lost many allies’ seats in congress. And Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was defeated twice. But then something amazing happened. Harry Reid, Susan Collins, and Joe Lieberman pushed through DADT repeal in the Senate. Pelosi lead the house to the passage of a standalone repeal there. And Obama became the president many LGBT Americans had hoped and voted for. DADT repeal was signed into law.
Looking back on 2010 I am full of mixed emotions. But the DADT repeal is definitely a historical turning point. It was an uplifting way to end 2010.
The above video captures the emotions of the passage and signing. Produced by the White House, hopefully it is the first of many White House produced videos celebrating civil rights for gay Americans.