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 8 of the best LGBT stories from the past week and then let us know what your favorite moment was in the comments section below.
NYC Fifth Grader Allowed To Give Gay Marriage Speech In Class
A New York City-based fifth grader's pro-gay marriage speech will be allowed to deliver a speech on same-sex marriage after his principal initially deemed it inappropriate. Kameron Slade, a student at PS 195 in Queens, had initially planned to deliver the speech as part of a schoolwide competition. After winning a class competition, Kameron reportedly worked on the speech with his mother and teacher. "Like President Obama, I believe that all people should have the right to marry whoever they want," Slade says in the poignant speech, which he delivered in full on NY1. He also speaks about his own experiences with a lesbian couple, who are friends with his mother. <a href="www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/15/kameron-slade-fifth-grader-gay-marriage-speech-_n_1600056.html" target="_hplink"> Read the full story here</a>.
Apple iOS 6 To Feature Gay And Lesbian Emoticons
The latest batch of "emojis," found on the new version of Apple's iPhone operating system, will feature gay and lesbian couples for the first time. As Gizmodo notes, Apple's newest emoticons will join the mobile operating system's ever-growing emoji "family," in the update to iOS6, which is reportedly slated for release this fall. <a href="www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/14/apple-ios-6-emojis-gay-lesbian-emoticons_n_1597642.html" target="_hplink"> Real the full story here</a>.
Sharon Needles Honored By Pittsburgh City Council
A drag queen who won the most recent season of the "RuPaul's Drag Race" reality TV show has been honored by the Pittsburgh City Council and received a kiss from one councilman. <em>The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette</em> reports that Councilman Patrick Dowd pecked the cheek of 30-year-old Aaron Coady, better known as Sharon Needles, who arrived in a blond wig, black gloves, black lipstick and pointy sunglasses. <a href="www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/14/sharon-needles-drag-queen-pittsburgh_n_1596339.html" target="_hplink"> Read the full story (via the Associated Press) here</a>.
Hillary Clinton Honors Pride Month
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton released a video on Tuesday commemorating LGBT Pride Month and the effort to advance equal rights. "I am honored to join you to celebrate the fundamental freedoms that all human beings deserve -- no matter who they are or whom they love," she says. "This month, and every month, we proudly reaffirm our commitment to making sure that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights." <a href="www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/12/hillary-clinton-lgbt-pride-month_n_1590367.html" target="_hplink">Read the full story here</a>.
ENDA Senate Hearing Draws Testimony From First Publicly Open Transgender Person Posted: 06/12/2012 4:10 pm Updated: 06/12/2012 4:34 p
For the first time in American history, an openly transgender person testified before a Senate committee on Tuesday. Kylar Broadus, founder of the Trans People of Color Coalition, testified before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions in support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which aims to end workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. In 29 states there are no protections for gay, lesbian and bisexual workers, while transgender workers lack protections in 34 states. <a href="www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/12/enda-senate-hearing-transgender_n_1590902.html" target="_hplink">Real the full story here</a>.
Boy Scouts Board Member Fights Anti-Gay Policy
A high-profile member of the Boy Scouts of America's governing board says he doesn't support the Scouts' policy of excluding gays and will work from within to seek a change. Ernst & Young CEO James Turley, whose accounting firm has welcomed gays and lesbians in its own work force, becomes the first member of the Scouts' Executive Board known to publicly disapprove of the policy. "I support the meaningful work of the Boy Scouts in preparing young people for adventure, leadership, learning and service, however the membership policy is not one I would personally endorse," Turley said in a statement released by his company. <a href="www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/13/james-turley-boy-scouts-gay-ban_n_1593595.html" target="_hplink"> Read the full story (via the Associated Press) here</a>. (pictured: ousted lesbian den mom Jennifer Tyrell and her son)
Defense Secretary Salutes Gays In The Military
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Friday thanked gay and lesbian military members for their service, as the Pentagon prepares to mark June as gay pride month with an official salute. In a remarkable sign of a cultural change in the U.S. military, Panetta said that with the repeal last year of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law that prohibited gays from serving openly in the military, gays and lesbians can now be proud to be in uniform. "Now you can be proud of serving your country, and be proud of who you are," Panetta said. Read the full story here. <a href="www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/15/leon-panetta-gay-troops-pride-month-dadt_n_1599642.html" target="_hplink">Read the full story here</a>
General Mills Speaks Out Against Minnesota's Proposed Gay Marriage Ban
General Mills has become the latest high-profile corporation to take a public stance on gay marriage, speaking out against a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex couples from tying the knot in Minnesota. As the Minneapolis Star-Tribune is reporting, the company's chief executive voiced the Minnesota-based company's opposition this week at a General Mills function attended by 400 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) professionals. "We do not believe the proposed constitutional amendment is in the best interests of our employees or our state economy," the company's vice president for global diversity and inclusion, Ken Charles, is quoted by the publication as saying. "We value diversity. We value inclusion." <a href="www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/15/general-mills-minnesota-gay-marriage-ban_n_1600791.html" target="_hplink">Read the full story here</a>.