With so much hate continually aimed at the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender 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 10 of the best LGBT stories from the past week and then let us know what your favorite moment was in the comments section below.
DOMA Ruled Unconstitutional By Federal Appeals Court
A battle over a federal law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman appears headed for the Supreme Court after an appeals court ruled Thursday that denying benefits to married gay couples is unconstitutional. In a unanimous decision, the three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston said the 1996 law deprives gay couples of the rights and privileges granted to heterosexual couples. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/31/doma-unconstitutional-ruling-appeals-court-boston_n_1559031.html" target="_hplink">Read the full story here</a>.
Calling Someone Gay Isn't Slander, New York Court Rules
A New York court says it's no longer slander in New York to falsely call someone gay. A mid-level appeals court on Thursday wiped out decades of rulings, including its own, to say that society no longer treats false comments that someone is gay, lesbian or bisexual as defamation. Without defamation, there is no longer slander, the court ruled. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/01/calling-someone-gay-new-york-slander_n_1562536.html" target="_hplink">Read the full story here</a>.
Against Me! Transgender Singer Laura Jane Grace Makes Live Debut In San Diego
The singer-guitarist of punk band Against Me! made her live debut as Laura Jane Grace in San Diego last week. Grace, 31, joined the band as Tom Gabel before coming out earlier this month as transgender. As evidenced in this video, the fans didn't seem to mind -- with the throng screaming their support throughout the band's 40-minute set, which included "Transgender Dysphoria Blues." <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/29/against-me-transgender-laura-jane-grace-debut_n_1553356.html" target="_hplink"> Read the full story here.</a>
Zach Wahls, Kat Graham Petition Boy Scouts Of America On Ousted Lesbian Den Mom's Behalf
The Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy came under scrutiny once again after supporters of an ousted lesbian den mother presented a petition with over 275,000 signatures during the organization's annual Florida meeting. On hand to deliver the petition was Zach Wahls, the Iowa-based student whose impassioned pro-marriage equality speech became YouTube's most-watched political clip last year after going viral in the blogosphere twice. Wahls spoke in defense of Jennifer Tyrrell, the Ohio-based lesbian mom who was forced to resign as den leader of her 7-year-old son's Tiger Scout troop. Also speaking out this week was pop singer Kat Graham, who performed "Put Your Graffiti On Me" on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" in a Boy Scouts uniform in honor of Tyrrell and her petition. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/30/zach-wahls-boy-scouts-jennifer-tyrrell-lesbian-den-mom_n_1556395.html" target="_hplink">Read the full story here. </a>
Target Sells T-Shirts To Defeat Gay Marriage Ban In Minnesota
Two years after Target Corp. angered gay marriage supporters with a political donation that benefited a fiery gay marriage opponent seeking the governor's office, the retailer is now upsetting same-sex marriage opponents by selling T-shirts to raise money for a group working to defeat a gay marriage ban in Minnesota. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/02/target-gay-marriage-ban-minnesota_n_1564739.html?ref=mostpopular" target="_hplink">Read the full story here</a>.
Facebook, Stars Win Big At San Francisco's GLAAD Awards Ceremony
Facebook won the Special Recognition Award at the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's 23rd annual Media Awards. Other honorees at Saturday's ceremony in San Francisco included "Grey's Anatomy" for drama series, "Days of Our Lives" for daily drama series, Max J. Rosenthal of The Huffington Post for digital journalism article, Wells Fargo for the Corporate Leader Award and "Grey's Anatomy" creator Shonda Rhimes for the Golden Gate Award. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/03/glaad-media-awards-2012-san-francisco-_n_1565933.html" target="_hplink">Read the full story here</a>.
Gay Pride Events In Poland, Latvia Draw Revelers Despite Hostile Atmosphere
Hundreds of gays, lesbians and their supporters marched Saturday through the capitals of Poland and Latvia, demanding more rights in Eastern European societies where they still face high levels of intolerance. The parades were supported by the governments of the United States and other Western countries who are pushing for an end to discrimination and violence toward gays. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/03/eastern-europe-gay-pride-parades-poland-latvia_n_1565896.html" target="_hplink">Read the full story here</a>.
Comedian Todd Glass Releases Powerful GLSEN PSA
In January, comedian Todd Glass did what few entertainers are ever brave enough to do: He revealed to the world that he's gay, choosing to do so in a frank, public conversation on "WTF with Marc Maron." In the podcast episode, he cited the importance of serving as a positive role model to help end bullying, and continues that quest by appearing in a spot for GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network). In the spot, Glass plays a father who just lost a gay son. The ad questions whether there's truly a difference between gay suicide, and negligence from their own loved ones who push "archaic beliefs and misinformation" about homosexuality. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/30/todd-glass-psa-for-gay-lesbian-straight-education-network_n_1556127.html" target="_hplink">Read the full story here</a>.
Bishop Gene Robinson Celebrates 65th Birthday
May 31 marked the 65th birthday of Bishop Vicky Gene Robinson, who, in 2003, became the first non-celibate openly gay Anglican bishop. Robinson has been featured in the 2012 Sundance documentary "Love Free or Die," as well as 2007's "For the Bible Told Me So," has been the subject of a book, and has written a book of his own. He's also been included in Out magazine's "Power 50" list as one of the most influential LGBT men and women in America. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/29/gene-robinson-gay-anglican-bishop-birthday_n_1553993.html" target="_hplink">Read the full story here</a>.
Madonna Kicks Off World Tour In Tel Aviv
While it's not an LGBT-specific event per se, the Material Girl kicked off her spectacular MDNA World Tour before a sold-out crowd in the Holy Land this week. Personally, we can't wait to see the show when it hits U.S. arenas this fall! <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/31/madonna-tour-mdna-israel-tel-aviv_n_1560630.html" target="_hplink">Read the full story here</a>.