It was a tough year, but events from 2010 contain the seeds of transformation. None of the following stories is enough on its own to change the momentum, but each story points to a piece of the solution.
Russell Dickerson III alleges his school district did nothing to stop years of harassment based on his race and perceived sexual orientation. "It was like a prison sentence," he says, "that carried on into high school."
For years I marveled at the military's leadership in advancing the cause of civil rights within the ranks. It now has an opportunity to prove that the institution can be hospitable and welcoming to openly gay men and women.
However, the President notwithstanding, one voice has been largely absent from this chorus of progress: I am a heterosexual male with no personal experience being targeted by bullies for being "queer," a "fag," etc.
Unless begin demanding that our schools serve as a barrier to protect all children from bullying, then none of us should feign shock when the next gay teenager hangs himself from a tree or throws himself from a bridge.
I am straight, and though everyone gets made fun of for something, I never faced the relentless teasing, bullying and violence that gay and lesbian kids did and do. In fact, I was a bigot. But I got better.
Every time the Obama administration stands up and defends an offensive and bigoted law, it conveys a message that being gay is a weakness, a problem and a reason to be treated with less respect than everybody else.