The Biggest LGBTQ Milestones Of The 2010s | NBC News NOW

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Published: 12/31/2019 04:42 AM

NBC News' Brooke Sopelsa breaks down the decade’s LGBTQ milestones, from gay marriage to a rainbow wave across state and local governments. » Subscribe to NBC News: » Watch more NBC video: NBC News Digital is a collection of innovative ...

The last decade has been full of lgbtq milestones from gay marriage to trans rights to rainbow wave across state and local governments brooks appellate oriole director of nbc out is with me now and brooke. I mean when you look at the decade and all of the things that have happened, it's just unbelievable. So, let's start with the supreme court's ruling on gay marriage back in 2015, i mean a huge o ...
e there. So i i think, in order to understand the massive impact that the 2015 landmark ruling had you have to understand where we were at the beginning of the decade. On january, 1st 2010 only five states had legalized same-sex marriage now and more thantwo dozen had explicit bans on gay marriage. So then, five years later, you know we've had in between that time, we've had a number of states rule to legalize same-sex marriage and then june 26 2015. We had the landmark ruling, but by that time you only had 13 states left that didn't have same-sex marriage. So it was, i would say that would definitely be the biggest milestone of the decade, such an unbelievable amount of change in such a short time. It'S hard to think that back in 2010, things were so so different all right. Since 2015, there have been several political milestones set by the lgbtq community, including the arrival of people who judge asa top 2020 kingdom candidate. What have major political wins? Signaled about the time that we're living in, would you say so, i think the pace in which we've seen political lgbtq representation has been i'm in the past 10 years has been probably more so than we've had for the previous five decades. I would say the big first milestone of the decade is when we had tammy baldwin of wisconsin become the first-ever out lgbtq us senator that was in 2012.

Then we had kate brown of oregon become the first openly lgbtq elected governor. Then we had danica roam. First, trans representative, at the state level, in 2017 2018, we saw the so-called rainbow wave where overa hundred and fifty lgbtq elected officials won their races in november 2018 and that included, you know some small local races, but also some big races, so jared polis becoming colorado's Governor first out, gay man ever elected governor of the us state went cherise david's, a out lesbian and native american woman make history in kansas, so that i would say was you know the the rainbow wave the pinnacle? We had a little rainbow wave in 2019, but now with people to judge and out gay man being a serious contender for for president first gay person on the on a major parties debate stage for president. I think all those wins we saw previously in thedecade have really led up to this. You know a serious out contender. Absolutely we know. Over the last 10 years the trans community has seen significant progress, but there's been a lot of you know. I guess i could sort of comes off in times of visibility, a lot of backlash as well, constructive us about that of the hurricane, so we've seen a really impressive amount of trans visibility over the over the past decade. You know we think of the famous laverne cox time magazine cover in 2014, caitlyn jenner, on the cover of vanity fair. In 2015, we saw sarah mcbride at the democratic national convention in 2016, so you've seen a community that had solittle visibility prior to 2010. Getting this increased visibility increased platform, we have the trends, gender military decision in 2016, where you were able to have openly trans military servicemembers, but with that kind of visibility with that kind of progress came a backlash, and i think now, over the past couple of years, We'Ve noticed that progress for the lgbtq community, more broadly, but particularly for the trans community, is not going to be linear. I think probably the biggest example of that was president donald trump's announcement via twitter in 2017 that he was going to reinstitute the trans military ban.

We'Ve also seen the trump administration argue in a number of different forums, including in front ofthe supreme court, that sex discrimination is not inclusive of discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. So you know that has been interpreted that was interpreted under the obama administration, that sex discrimination was inclusive of lgbtq people and now we're seeing that an attempt to chip away at that too. So progress is not linear, but you know with increased visibility. Comes this backlash. Brooke, we have seen a lot of progress. I know we still have a long way to go, but thanks for taking a look back in the decade with us appeal, my pleasure thanks for having me thanks. Hey nbc news viewers, thanks for checking out our youtube channel, subscribe by clicking onthat button down here and click on any of the videos over here to watch. The latest interviews show highlights and digital exclusives thanks for watching.

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