1. Pride is everywhere
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation recently ranked 365 of the nation’s biggest cities on their non-discrimination policies and laws, denoting them on a score of 0 to 100. New York City received 100% — the best score possible. Between the third anniversary of marriage equality, the seventh straight passing of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, and the recent policy update allowing changes to gender markers on birth certificates, New York has made many strides this year for LGBT rights. There’s still a long way to go for universal acceptance, but in New York City, pride is more than just a noun — it’s a way of life.