What event most impacted the LGBT community in 2009?

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What event most impacted the LGBT community in 2009?

Lenny Adler
student | South Philadelphia
“Lady Gaga thanking gay people and acknowledging them whenever she got an opportunity throughout the year, like at the ‘MTV Video Music Awards’ and the National Equality March.”

Lenny Adler
student | South Philadelphia
“Lady Gaga thanking gay people and acknowledging them whenever she got an opportunity throughout the year, like at the ‘MTV Video Music Awards’ and the National Equality March.”

Colleen Hackett
bartender | Northern Liberties
“Annise Parker getting elected mayor of Houston. I think it was a wonderful achievement by a lesbian. Very groundbreaking. And I was impressed that it happened in Texas. For her to become the mayor of such a large city will help create opportunity for others.”

Priscilla Rainey
business owner | Tampa, Fla.
“President Obama signing the hate-crimes law [extending coverage for sexual orientation]. I agree with that wholeheartedly. People should be able to feel safe in this country, no matter what choices they make. Safety is of the utmost importance. It’s a fundamental necessity.”

Michela Chiarello
limousine-reservation agent | Brooklyn, N.Y.
“Sean Penn accepting the Oscar for ‘Milk.’ He spoke movingly about gay visibility. It was a great speech that elevated the image of gays across the country. And it was nice coming from a straight ally. I hope states will be inspired to approve gay marriage.”