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Something To Celebrate: 18 Of The Best LGBT Moments Of The Week, April 22-28

Posted: 04/28/2012 9:45 am Updated: 04/28/2012 10:07 am

With so much hate continually aimed at the LGBT community, we like to take a moment every once in a while to highlight some of the good news featured on The Huffington Post.

Every other weekend HuffPost Gay Voices offers its Something To Celebrate feature, a round up of the best LGBT moments from the week before.

It's a great way to catch up on the stories that you might have missed during the last seven days -- not to mention a much needed reminder that though the LGBT community still faces many enemies and it must continue to fight, it's making gains and beautiful things happen in and to the LGBT community every day.

Have a look at 18 of the best LGBT stories from the past week and then let us know what your favorite moment was in the comments section below.

Latina Transgender Woman Given Award By The Justice Department
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The Justice Department's National Crime Victim Service Award honors individuals and programs that provide services to victims of crime. Many of the service providers were at one time victims themselves.

Such is the case of Victoria Cruz, a transgender activist and counselor for domestic abuse, who was a recipient of the 2012 award.

Cruz first made headlines back in 1997 when she was working at Cobble Hill Nursing Home and she accused four female co-workers of harassing her and calling her names such as "Anti-man" and "Battyman," pejorative sexual slurs used by West Indians for homosexuals. Two of her coworkers were found guilty of harassment and the two others were acquitted by the court. At the time of the assault, Cruz was still waiting to get her surgical operation.

Read the full story here.

Filed by Noah Michelson  |