It was the best of times... It was the worst of times... But no matter how you look at it, 2012 will be remembered as one of the most historic years yet for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
There were monumental strides in politics: openly LGBT people won elections nationwide, marriage equality victories rolled in during the election in November and resounding same-sex marriage support came from surprising new directions -- including from President Obama himself.
But there were also alarming events that made this year's headlines. It was the summer of Chick-fil-A, hardly a week went by without some ridiculous anti-gay remark from a pastor or pundit and we continued to clash with the likes of One Million Moms and the Boy Scouts of America.
From the triumphs to fails, the pride to the hatred, we've rounded up this year's hottest, most viral LGBT stories. While some of them made huge headlines, others were smaller stories that you -- the readers -- couldn't stop talking about. And these are by no means the only big stories of the year -- be sure to let us know what other stories gained your attention in 2012 in the comments section below.