07-24-2011 Gay marriage becomes legal in New York state.
06-26-2016 Erin O’Flaherty becomes Miss Missouri. She is the first openly gay woman to win a state pageant and will be competing in the Miss America Contest. “I’m excited to represent the LGBT community,” she said on Good Morning America. Her platform is suicide prevention, in which she’ll be promoting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and working closely with The Trevor Project, which is the nation’s leading crisis intervention and suicide prevention hotline for LGBT youth. “My message to all young people out there who have a dream but may be a little scared, is that no matter what obstacles are in you was,” she explained, “it does get better.”