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 14 of the best LGBT stories from the past week and then let us know what your favorite moment was in the comments section below.

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  • New York Gay Marriage First Anniversary Celebrated

    NEW YORK -- One year ago, New York became the largest and most influential state where gay marriage is legal, raising supporters' hopes that it would boost national momentum and pump money into the state with a flurry of weddings from Manhattan to Niagara Falls. As the anniversary nears Tuesday, the law's effects are noticeable if hard to measure. Thousands of same-sex couples have wed across New York, but it's unclear just how many, partly because marriage applicants aren't required to identify themselves by gender. The wedding business is up, but some planners in New York City say it's not booming. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/23/new-york-gay-marriage-fir_n_1694561.html?utm_hp_ref=gay-voices&ncid=edlinkusaolp00000009" target="_hplink">Read the full story here.</a>

  • Sally Ride, First American Woman In Space, Revealed To Have Female Partner Of 27 Years

    Sally Ride's <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/23/sally-ride-dead-dies_n_1696459.html" target="_hplink">death after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer</a> has brought to light a less-reported fact about the first American woman in space: her long-time relationship with female partner Tam O'Shaughnessy. An <a href="https://www.sallyridescience.com/sallyride/bio" target="_hplink">official statement from Sally Ride Science</a> named O'Shaughnessy as the 61-year-old Ride's partner of 27 years. She is also identified in <a href="https://www.sallyridescience.com/bios/oshaughnessy.html" target="_hplink">a short bio on Sally Ride Science's official website</a> simply as the company's Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President for Content. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/23/sally-ride-first-american-woman-female-partner-_n_1696537.html?utm_hp_ref=gay-voices&ncid=edlinkusaolp00000009" target="_hplink">Read the full story here.</a>

  • Meet The 22 Out Olympians Competing In London

    Of the nearly <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/datablog/2012/jul/27/london-olympic-athletes-full-list" target="_hplink">11,000 athletes from around the world</a> who have arrived in London and now eagerly await tonight's <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/26/olympics-2012-opening-ceremony-danny-boyle_n_1707224.html" target="_hplink">reportedly</a> fanfare-filled Olympic opening ceremonies, only 22 are openly gay, according to the most recent <a href="http://outsports.com/jocktalkblog/2012/07/18/9-openly-gay-and-lesbian-athletes-at-2012-london-summer-olympics/" target="_hplink">OutSports</a> report, as well as <a href="http://www.mambaonline.com/article.asp?artid=7209" target="_hplink">Mambaonline</a>. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/27/gay-olympians-london-2012-olympics_n_1710329.html?utm_hp_ref=gay-voices&ncid=edlinkusaolp00000009" target="_hplink">See the full slideshow here.</a>

  • Jim Henson Company And Chick-Fil-A: 'Muppets' Makers Sever Ties With Anti-Gay Fast Food Chain

    Last Friday, the company behind beloved shows such as "Fraggle Rock," "Labyrinth," and "The Muppets," severed ties with Chick-Fil-A due to the fast food chain's CEO's <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/17/dan-cathy-chick-fil-a-president-anti-gay_n_1680984.html" target="_hplink">opposition to same sex marriage</a>. According to "Muppets" fan site <a href="http://www.toughpigs.com/chick-fil-a/" target="_hplink">ToughPigs.com</a>, The Jim Henson Company had partnered with Chick-Fil-A to feature Jim Henson's Creature Shop toys -- "essentially a plastic tube with cut-out features for customizing your own puppet" -- in their kid's meals from mid-July until August 18th. However, on Friday, the Jim Henson Company <a href="https://www.facebook.com/notes/the-jim-henson-company/july-20-2012/10150928864755563#!/notes/the-jim-henson-company/july-20-2012/10150928864755563" target="_hplink">posted</a> the following statement to their <a href="https://www.facebook.com/notes/the-jim-henson-company/july-20-2012/10150928864755563#!/notes/the-jim-henson-company/july-20-2012/10150928864755563" target="_hplink">Facebook page</a>: <blockquote>The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced diversity and inclusiveness for over fifty years and we have notified Chick-Fil-A that we do not wish to partner with them on any future endeavors. Lisa Henson, our CEO is personally a strong supporter of gay marriage and has directed us to donate the payment we received from Chick-Fil-A to GLAAD. (<a href="http://www.glaad.org/" target="_hplink">http://www.glaad.org/</a>)</blockquote> <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/23/jim-henson-company-chick-fil-a-anti-gay_n_1694809.html?utm_hp_ref=gay-voices&ncid=edlinkusaolp00000009" target="_hplink">Read the full story here.</a>

  • Amazon's Founder And CEO Pledges $2.5 Million In Support Of Same-Sex Marriage

    SEATTLE -- Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie announced a gift Friday of $2.5 million to the campaign to defend Washington's same-sex marriage law. Washington United for Marriage says it has raised more than $5 million for Referendum 74 on the November ballot. Last month Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and co-founder Bill Gates each donated $100,000 to the campaign supporting the law. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/27/jeff-bezos-gay-marriage_n_1709052.html?utm_hp_ref=gay-voices&ncid=edlinkusaolp00000009" target="_hplink">Read the full story here.</a>

  • Twelve days after telling a reporter she <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/16/jennifer-carroll-lesbian-black-women-look-like-me_n_1676937.html" target="_hplink">couldn't have engaged in homosexual acts because she doesn't look like a lesbian</a>, Florida Lieutenant Governor <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nadine-smith/jennifer-carroll-lesbians_b_1708099.html" target="_hplink">Jennifer Carroll issued an apology</a> to Equality Florida director <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nadine-smith/" target="_hplink">Nadine Smith</a>. "I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincerest apologies to anyone I may have offended with my recent comment. It is wrong and inexcusable to make a comment that hurts people, and that was not my intention,'' Carroll wrote in a faxed letter to Smith. "As a Christian, my faith guides me to love and respect all people," Carroll continued. "The false charges that have been lodged against me are no excuse for what I have said that may have been hurtful to members of your organization and to other Floridians...I hope you will accept my heartfelt apology."

  • Nancy Pelosi Sounds Off On Chick-Fil-A Controversy

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Friday entered the debate over Chick-fil-A and the opposition of its CEO to gay marriage. In what has become an increasingly political debate in recent days, Pelosi <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/25/thomas-menino-boston-mayo_n_1703770.html" target="_hplink">joins Boston's mayor</a>, Thomas Menino, in voicing her opposition to the chain. Menino vowed to block the chain from opening a store in his city. The mayor of Pelosi's home town, San Francisco, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/27/ed-lee-chick-fil-a_n_1711721.html" target="_hplink">took a similar stance</a>. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/27/nancy-pelosi-chick-fil-a-tweet_n_1711845.html?utm_hp_ref=gay-voices&ir=Gay Voices" target="_hplink">Read the full story here.</a>

  • Two Men Are HIV-Free After Undergoing Bone Marrow Transplants

    Two men with HIV no longer have detectable blood levels of the virus after receiving bone marrow transplants for their cancers, according to news reports. "We expected HIV to vanish from the patients' plasma, but it is surprising that we <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2012/07/26/two-more-patients-hiv-free-after-bone-marrow-transplants/" target="_hplink">can't find any traces of HIV</a> in their cells," one of the researchers, Dr. Timothy Henrich, of Brigham and Women's Hospital, told ABC News. The network reported that the men received the bone marrow transplants while also being treated with anti-retrovirals. Usually people with HIV are <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/48338421/ns/health-mens_health/#.UBGiqDHLzCE" target="_hplink">taken off their anti-retrovirals</a> before cancer treatment, NBC News reported. The finding "suggests that under the cover of anti-retroviral therapy, the cells that repopulated the patient's immune system appear to be protected from <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2012/07/26/two-more-patients-hiv-free-after-bone-marrow-transplants/" target="_hplink">becoming re-infected with HIV</a>," Henrich told ABC News. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/26/hiv-free-men-bone-marrow-transplants_n_1707505.html?utm_hp_ref=gay-voices&ir=Gay+Voices&ncid=edlinkusaolp00000009" target="_hplink">Read the full story here.</a>

  • Fifth-Grader, Gives Pro-Gay Marriage Speech To New York City Council

    Kameron Slade-- the Queens fifth grader initially <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/15/kameron-slade-fifth-grader-gay-marriage-speech-_n_1600056.html" target="_hplink">prohibited from delivering a pro-gay marriage speech</a> at his school before the <a href="https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ie=UTF-8#hl=en&output=search&sclient=psy-ab&q=kameron slade allowed to give speech&oq=&gs_l=&pbx=1&fp=ae58233f8dcb0b2c&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.,cf.osb&biw=1280&bih=985" target="_hplink">Internet</a> heard about it -- adorably redelivered his speech in front of New York City Council Wednesday. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/26/kameron-slade-queens-fifth-grader-pro-gay-marriage-speech-new-york-city-council_n_1706610.html?utm_hp_ref=gay-voices&ir=Gay+Voices&ncid=edlinkusaolp00000009" target="_hplink">Read the full story here.</a>

  • Target Releases Same-Sex Wedding Registry Ad

    A number of bloggers are praising Target's new same-sex wedding registry ad -- but is it enough to quiet naysayers' doubts about the megabrand's seemingly contradictory stance on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues? The ad features two formally-dressed men holding hands with the slogan: "Be Yourself, Together." Among those to applaud Target's effort was <a href="http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/targets-same-sex-wedding-registry-ad-is-kinda-awesome/politics/2012/07/26/44613" target="_hplink">David Badash of The New Civil Rights Movement</a>, who called the ad, which comes on the heels of the company's line of <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/23/target-gay-pride-t-shirt-line_n_1539227.html" target="_hplink">LGBT Pride T-shirts</a> as well as <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/16/target-gay-marriage-greeting-cards-sale_n_1676356.html" target="_hplink">same-sex wedding cards</a>, "kinda awesome." <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/26/target-same-sex-registry-ad-gay-marriage_n_1706599.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000009" target="_hplink">Read the full story here.</a>

  • Boston Mayor Writes Incredible Letter To Chick-Fil-A President

    The media firestorm over Chick-fil-A's financial contributions to anti-gay organizations seems to have no end in sight. Now, after Boston Mayor Thomas Menino<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/20/chick-fil-a-gay_n_1689800.html" target="_hplink"> vowed to block the fast food chain from opening a franchise in his city</a>, a letter penned by the Massachusetts lawmaker to Chick-Fil-A President Dan Cathy has surfaced in the blogosphere. That letter, which was posted to <a href="https://www.facebook.com/bostonmassachusetts" target="_hplink">Boston's official Facebook page</a> and has since been picked up by a number of media outlets including <a href="http://www.towleroad.com/2012/07/heres-a-copy-of-boston-mayor-thomas-meninos-letter-to-chick-fil-a-telling-them-to-back-out-of-boston.html" target="_hplink">Towleroad</a>, is dated July 20 and reads as follows: <blockquote>"In recent days you said Chick-fil-A opposes same-sex marriage and said the generation that supports it has an 'arrogant attitude.' Now -- incredibly -- your company says you are backing out of the same-sex marriage debate. I urge you to back out of your plans to locate in Boston."</blockquote> <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/25/thomas-menino-boston-mayo_n_1703770.html?9239&ncid=edlinkusaolp00000009" target="_hplink">Read the full story and letter here.</a>

  • Scotland To Legalize Gay Marriage

    Scotland's government has announced plans to legalize same-sex marriages. Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Wednesday that legislation permitting the marriages would soon be introduced. The measure has backing from the major Scottish political parties. It follows a public consultation on the issue. When enacted, Scotland could become the first part of the UK to allow same-sex marriages. The UK government has conducted a public consultation on legalizing same-sex marriages, and it has the backing of Prime Minister David Cameron. But UK officials are waiting for the results of the public consultation before taking further steps.

  • San Francisco General Hospital 'It Gets Better' Video

    Joining the ranks of the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/11/san-francisco-police-department-it-gets-better_n_1270661.html" target="_hplink">San Francisco Police Department</a> and the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/24/testimony-musical-it-gets_n_1376916.html" target="_hplink">Gay Men's Chorus</a>, San Francisco General Hospital released an "<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LylPucCmbLM&feature=youtu.be" target="_hplink">It Gets Better</a>" video on Tuesday, adding its contribution to <a href="http://www.thetrevorproject.org/" target="_hplink">The Trevor Project</a>, a global suicide prevention campaign for LGBTQ youth. The 11-minute video features doctors, nurses, directors, surgeons, specialists, psychologists and social workers telling their stories of growing up gay and remembering the most challenging moments of their lives. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/24/san-francisco-general-hospital-it-gets-better_n_1699776.html?utm_hp_ref=gay-voices&ir=Gay+Voices&ncid=edlinkusaolp00000009" target="_hplink">Read the full story here.</a>

  • Stephen Colbert Rips Santorum, Huckabee For Supporting Chick-Fil-A

    The <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/17/dan-cathy-chick-fil-a-president-anti-gay_n_1680984.html" target="_hplink">Chick-Fil-A anti-same-sex marriage story</a> is still rolling at full steam, and while some late night hosts found <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/27/conan-chick-fil-a-mascot-video_n_1709786.html?utm_hp_ref=comedy" target="_hplink">a little levity</a> in the situation, Stephen Colbert was more interested in how politicians were handling themselves on Thursday night's "Colbert Report." "Recently, homosexuals have been threatening a sacred union between a company and its customers," Colbert joked. "Come on! It's AT&T, not AT&Steve!" Luckily, GOP figures like <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/25/rick-santorum-chick-fil-a-_n_1703044.html" target="_hplink">Rick Santorum</a> and <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/24/mike-huckabee-chick-fil-a-appreciation-day_n_1696648.html" target="_hplink">Mike Huckabee</a> have spoken out in support of the fast food chain, taking what was already an unusually-political food conversation and making it even more political. "After all, you are what you eat. And now you also believe what you eat," Colbert joked. Watch the full clip above.