Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning is the first openly gay person to head any branch of the US Military, 5 years after the end of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
It's Pride Month this June as LGBT people around the world march to proclaim who they are and their connection with their communities.
Businesses must note that the LGBT market demographic is as diverse as their rainbow flag, if companies want to benefit from their strong buying power.
Dubbed the 'Battle of the Bathroom,' the struggle for transgender equality and the fight against LGBT discrimination centers on trans access to bathrooms.
The slow acceptance LGBT rights worldwide has also led to LGBT athletes coming out of the closet and wearing their sexual or gender identities proudly.
The world marks the International Day Against Homophobia this May 17 in the wake of Bangladesh LGBT magazine publisher Xulhaz Mannan's murder last month.
The Justice Department called for the repeal of North Carolina's HB2 on Wednesday, saying that the law violates the US Civil Rights Act.
LGBT legal protections have come under attack again, as a controversial defense bill amendment was approved by the House Armed Services Committee.
President Barack Obama condemned North Carolina and Mississippi anti-LGBT laws at a press conference in London, saying these should be overturned.
Diversity and equality are key factors for business success, according to Credit Suisse of top LGBT businesses that perform well in the market.