In addition to the Court decisions, here are the top five wins for the LGBT community last week.

1. Exodus International Shuts Its Doors for Good

The largest “gay conversion” ministry ceased operations and issued a long-overdue apology to the LGBT community. After decades of providing “therapy” that was supposed to turn gay people straight—but really only served to psychologically hurt them—the group’s leader Alan Chambers released a public statement atoning for his involvement. In part it read, “For quite some time we’ve been imprisoned in a worldview that’s neither honoring toward our fellow human beings, nor biblical.” “I am sorry we promoted sexual orientation change efforts and reparative theories about sexual orientation that stigmatized parents,” Chambers said in the apology. “I am sorry that there were times I didn’t stand up to people publicly ‘on my side’ who called you names like sodomite—or worse.”

2. The New Civilian Head of the Air Force is a Proud Gay Man.

Quietly this April, Eric Fanning became the highest-ranking, out-LGBT member of the Department of Defense when he was appointed the civilian head of the Air Force. Fanning is serving as the Acting Secretary of the agency until Obama nominates and appoints a permanent replacement for Michael Donley, who recently retired. Fanning told The Washington Blade that while he has the run of the place, he plans to include sexual orientation in the military’s official nondiscrimination policy.

3. Soldiers Fired From Military Service for Being Gay May Finally Receive an Honorable Discharge

 Representatives Charlie Rangel and Mark Pocan are sponsoring a bill to correct the records of gay and lesbian service members who were dishonorably discharged from the military solely on the basis of their sexual orientation. Approximately 114,000 fall into that category and for some it means they can’t vote, collect veterans benefits, unemployment, or participate in the GI bill.

4. The Disney Channel Will Feature Its First-Ever Gay Couple

Next year, during the final season of Good Luck Charlie, one episode will feature two gay moms. Yes, it’s only one episode, but it’s also Disney and it’s about time.

5. A Big Fat Gay Wedding Happened Outside of Westboro Baptist Church Headquarters

Directly across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church’s home base in Kentucky, sits Equality House, the rainbow-painted sanctuary of freedom-loving progressives everywhere.
Last week, a 5-year-old staged a pink lemonade fundraising event there to gently protest the hate group that lives within yards of the house. This week, Kimberly Caldwell and Katie Short married each other on the house’s front lawn.
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