Here Are Most Important LGBTQ Stories Of 2022
This past year has been eventful, with both good and terrible newsfor the LGBTQ+ community, including rallies against drag queens, the "don’t say gay" campaign, and the rainbow wave in the midterm elections. Here are some of the biggest LGBTQ stories of 2022.
Cheerleader Benjamin Ajani's love lifeentered a new chapter on January 9, 2022, when his lover, Dominic Williams, proposed to him during the last game of the 2021-2022 football season.
According to the LGBTQ sports website Outsports, at least 35 openly LGBTQ athletes participated in the Beijing Winter Olympics, which took place from February 4–February 20. This is more than twice the number of queer athletes that competed in the 2018 Winter Olympics.
On February 15, researchers from the United States said that they had employed a novel stem cell transplant technique to potentially cure HIV in a female patient. The announcement was made during the annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, which was hosted electronically this year. As the pool grows over the next several years, they want to treat a growing number of individuals each year.
A Gallup survey published on February 17 found that the number of LGBTQ individuals in the United States has increased dramatically over the previous decade, from 3.5% in 2012 to 7.1%.
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Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide, was long considered settled law. In June, the current Supreme Court, with a 6-3 conservative majority, overturned this historic rule in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's HealthOrganization, a Mississippi statute barring most abortions after 15 weeks.
Since the judgment, a dozen states have outlawed abortion and many more have restricted it, although most liberal states allow it. The ruling reinforced that LGBTQ+ persons require abortion and that abortion is linked to bodily autonomy. Except for Clarence Thomas, the conservative justices struggled to imply they weren't coming for other rights.
Florida has conservatives and a Republican governor with presidential aspirations. In March, Ron DeSantis signed the "don't say gay" measure, technically called Parental Rights in Education, into law. It took effect July 1. It limits K-12 sexual orientation and gender identity training, raising concerns that kids and staff would lose their identities.
DeSantis's press secretary called opponents "groomers" who groomed children for abuse. DeSantis was reelected in November after a failed judicial challenge. Good news: Other states have sponsored similar legislation but failed to enact it. Many schools have banned LGBTQ-themed literature, some successfully.
On the night of November 19, a gunman opened fire at the lone LGBTQ+ nightclub in Colorado Springs, turning it into a crime scene. Only five persons were murdered and 20 were injured because of the prompt thinking of clubgoers and staff.
Murder, attempted murder, assault, and hate crime charges are just some of the more than 305 counts against 22-year-old Anderson Lee Aldrich. In 2021, Aldrich was suspected of making death threats to their family, but he was never brought to justice.
A federal statute that Joe Biden signed into law requires states to recognize any marriage certified by another state, including same-sex marriage, effectively nullifies the now-defunct Defense of Marriage Law. After it became evident that many conservatives on the U.S. Supreme Court were ready to reexamine the Obergefell ruling, Representative Jerrold Nadler reintroduced the Respect for Marriage Act, which had its genesis in 2009.
As the president's party traditionally fares badly in the first midterm, political experts predicted a red wave in November's midterm election. Although Republicans won the House, Democrats kept the Senate, and instead of a red wave, there was a rainbow wave with huge successes for LGBTQ+ candidates.
Over 400 out candidates won contests at all levels, 100 more than the previous year, with a 60% victory rate. Colorado's homosexual governor, Jared Polis, was reelected, while numerous states elected their first LGBTQ+ state lawmakers, statewide authorities, or congressional representatives. Another positive: Many Trump-affiliated candidates lost.
In 2022, the first openly lesbian governors of two states are Maura Healey and Tina Kotek. As of 2023, three of the fifty governors in the United States will identify as members of the LGBTQ community.
Former Oregon governor Kate Brown made historyas the first LGBTQ governor in the United States. She served the remainder of the former governor's term and was subsequently elected in 2016. Colorado Governor Jared Polis was just re-elected on November 8.
Many individuals who identify as LGBTQ have had a turbulent year. Across the nation, bills that would limit LGBTQ rights have been filed in state legislatures. At the same time, the media has shown an increased number of happy LGBT engagements. The following are the 22 most important LGBTQ news items that were reported in 2017.