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It’s been an undeniably important year for the LGBT community—a year of exhilarating highs and heartbreaking lows. Marriage equality made its way to a record number of states in 2014, but disturbing anti-gay laws in Uganda, Nigeria, Russia, and elsewhere threatened the freedom (and lives) of our community around the world.
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We saw encouraging advances in the fight against HIV/AIDS in 2014, but also a concerning rise in the number of gay and bisexual men infected with the virus. And while minors can no longer be forced into gay conversion therapy in several U.S. states, many are still being bullied to death. Even social media, which has been such an amazing tool for visibility and awareness, brought its own pitfalls.
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