Edie Windsor loses to the Pope

Time coverGay rights hero Edie Windsor placed third in Time magazine’s Person of the Year ranking. Pope Francis was given the honor. Edward Snowden was listed as No. 2.

During the past year, the new pope has tried to dial down the anti-gay rhetoric.

He said the church has become “obsessed” with abortion, gay marriage and contraception. He has tried to shift the church’s focus to the poor and oppressed.

“If a homosexual person is of good will and is in search of God, I am no one to judge,” the Pope said.

His position on same-sex marriage, however, didn’t change the church’s stance.

“The teaching of the church … is clear,” he said.

In it’s announcement, Time called Windsor “the unlikely activist.”

“In her ninth decade, she started a judicial odyssey, fighting a battle she never expected to wage — let alone win,” Time wrote. “Now she’s the matriarch of the gay-rights movement.”

For many in the LGBT community, however, Windsor has had a more immediate and personal affect.

Anti-gay Sen. Ted Cruz came in at No. 5 as “the barn burner.”

—  David Taffet

Edie Windsor is Time Person of the Year finalist

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Edie Windsor, right

Edie Windsor is among the 10 finalists for Time magazine’s Person of the Year.

Windsor is the New York widow who was required to pay $265,000 in estate taxes because she was married to a woman rather than a man. She filed suit, challenging the Defense of Marriage Act. The U.S. Supreme Court found in her favor in June.

That decision has had dramatic effect on the lives of gays and lesbians. Couples may now file joint tax returns and receive from Social Security as a surviving spouse. The military is granting equal benefits to same-sex couples. A number of corporations, such as ExxonMobil, finally offered partner benefits as a result of the ruling.

She would be the first woman named Person of the Year in 30 years and the only openly LGBT person ever named. The Person of the Year will be announced tomorrow.

According to GLAAD, the other finalists on the list are:

• Bashar Assad — President of Syria
• Jeff Bezos — founder of Amazon
• Sen. Ted Cruz
• Miley Cyrus
• Pope Francis
• President Obama
• Hassan Rouhani — President of Iran
• Kathleen Sebelius — Secretary of Health and Human Services
• Edward Snowden — NSA leaker

—  David Taffet

Our most read stories of 2010

Zach Harrington

In this week’s print edition (which, by the way, is now on the streets) we told you how our LGBT Person of the Year, Joel Burns, was inspired to deliver his “It Gets Better” speech after reading about the death of Zach Harrington, a gay teen who committed suicide after attending a City Council meeting in Norman, Okla. Well, our post about Harrington’s suicide also happens to be the single most read post on this website since we launched it in June, with nearly 15,000 page views. Here are the top 10 most viewed posts:

1. Gay Oklahoma teen commits suicide following ‘toxic’ city debate over GLBT history month

2. Trans fit: Chris Bruce proudly and bravely went from 230-lb. male bodybuilder to 180-lb. female fitness guru Chris Tina Foxx

3. 11 arrested in raid at Club Dallas

4. Record 106 gay candidates elected in 2010

5. DeLay, who warned U.S. would ‘go down’ because of gay marriage, is brought down by a lesbian

6. Gay Dallas couple legally weds in Texas, aims to bring ‘e-marriage’ to the same-sex masses

7. Joel Burns responds to Arkansas school board member who encouraged gays to kill themselves

8. Gay porn star Mason Wyler says he has HIV

9. Local chef, reality TV celeb dies

10. Exploring spirituality, Radical Faerie style

—  John Wright