This is our pick for the top LGBT stories -- both positive and negative -- from the Americas in 2013. Separating the two lists should not give the impression that nothing good ever comes out of adversity.
These human experiences are stories which we all can share and relate to. It is the human aspect of cultural understanding that is being drowned out in the conversation -- both on Capitol Hill and around our dinner tables.
With a sluggish recovery at home and Latin America increasingly looking to China to diversify economic and political ties, now is the time for the U.S. to show it is a willing partner that takes the region's concerns seriously.
When the knock-out round of the World Cup begins Saturday morning, the Western Hemisphere will have almost half of the final 16 teams in contention, and at least two teams guaranteed in the final eight.