Here’s a list of awesome queer stuff that’s happened lately, beginning with the fall of the Defense of Marriage Act.
1. DOMA is done.
On June 26, 2013, a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act was struck down in a 5-4 Supreme Court ruling, making the federal ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.
2. Tax benefits kick in. Cha-CHING!
Married same-sex couples can now file federal taxes jointly.
4. Two states pass nondiscrimination laws that protect the rights of LGBT people.
Maryland and Delaware passed laws against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
5. Title IX extended to cover trans students.
Educational programs that receive federal funding must now guarantee that trans students have the right to access them. When it comes to sports, this means that trans men can play on men’s teams, and trans women can play on women’s teams.
6. The first out gay NFL player gets drafted.
Michael Sam was drafted by the St. Louis Rams this past May. Touchdown!
7. The White House encourages LGBT people to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.
The Obama administration reached out to queer people to demonstrate the many ways Obamacare benefits them. Prime example: mandating nondiscriminatory sign-up policies.
8. Laverne Cox appears on the cover of TIME magazine.
The transgender star of Orange is the New Black has used her fame to become one of the most recognizable transgender activists, and we can’t stop swooning.
9. The U.S. Post Office issues the Harvey Milk stamp.
Honoring the groundbreaking mayor and activist gets our stamp of approval.
10. Medicare covers transgender surgeries.
Because you’re never too old to become your true self. The U.S. Department of Health agrees that gender reassignment care for trans folks is medically necessary.
-Calvin & Maureen at outforhealth