Best Of 2011

BEST LGBT VICTORY: The gay adoption decision

In September of 2010, the Florida District Court of Appeal upheld a trial court ruling that declared Florida’s law against gay and lesbian adoption to be unconstitutional. A few weeks later, the state of Florida announced it wouldn’t appeal. Because of the timing, we missed including this development in last year’s Best of the Bay issue, but we won’t miss it this time around — because with all of the bad news and even worse politics that sometimes surrounds gay issues, this was one of those rare moments in which LGBT residents of our state were able to celebrate equality. (And many thanks to the efforts of Equality Florida for helping this change come to pass.)