Here's some of what's happened during the holiday season:
Mexico City has legalized marriage for same-sex couples.
The New York Times profiles a trans youth worker for the Hetrick-Martin Institute.
With a rise in openly gay candidates winning public office, some political experts say these elections are a better indication of societal attitudes than are high-profile fights over same-sex marriage in states like New York, New Jersey and Maine.
The federal court challenge to California's marriage equality ban is being called "the biggest U.S. gay rights battle next year" and is seen as part of a growing move to build support for marriage equality outside of the election process. The trial is set to begin on Jan. 11 in San Francisco.
Washington D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty signed the District's marriage equality bill. The bill must now pass a 30-day period of Congressional review.
CNN explains the difficulty lesbian and gay members of the military face in keeping their sexual orientation a secret under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."