President Joe Biden’s first year in office has been strewn with clouds of concern for our global climate crisis, vaccination descent, Capitol riot investigations and calls for police and prison system reform—just to name a few. This time in our lives is unlike any other. The interconnectedness of our political upheaval is shedding light on the many facets of human rights that are long overdue for legal redress. After four long years of incessant conservative, anti-human rights legislation and back pedaling by the prior administration, the Biden administration has had a lot of cleaning up to do, and is meeting intense resistance.

With this said, here’s an overview of 2021—the good and bad that the LGBTQ+ community has seen throughout the year.