Not yet? Then take a look at the issues and actions that started to take flight in the last 12 months. One that I’m particularly proud of is the nation’s largest LGBT capital building project that is taking place in Philadelphia. It’s called the John C. Anderson Apartments, an LGBT-friendly senior community. The 56-unit building will house and give dignity to LGBT seniors. And that’s the point: LGBT seniors are one group that we, as a community, have not begun to adequately address the needs of. We know from the few studies on LGBT seniors that their number-one concern is housing. Philadelphia hopefully will start a new wave of building across the nation. At present, the next to break ground is in Chicago, and San Francisco is looking at 2015.
Still not there? How about the advances in immigration for LGBT couples or the threat of foreign aid being withheld if Uganda enacts its proposed “kill the gays” bill? Has anyone noticed the host of Republicans quickly trying to change their positions on marriage equality? Or the assistance the Department of Health and Human Services is giving to build and increase health services to LGBT communities around the nation? Or the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development increasing its efforts to combat LGBT discrimination in housing? It would be hard to find an area that has not improved toward equality in the last 12 months.
This column a year ago predicted that it would be a good year. The stock market may use the term that I had “inside information,” and while I had high expectations, nothing was a done deal when that column was written. And while there were issues that were on my mind as it was being written, never in my wildest thoughts would I have expected how great of a year 2012 was — for the community, for the body politic and, I’m happy to say, personally. And of course we promised to make some predictions for 2013, some of which might actually happen. If you haven’t noticed, those predictions are in the first paragraph.
Mark Segal, PGN publisher, is the nation’s most-award-winning commentator in LGBT media. He can be reached at email@example.com.