Although setbacks on the path towards equality are always disappointing I am encouraged by the wisdom and words of the famed cultural anthropologist, Margaret Mead, who said "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." During the time that I have covered the LGBT equality movement I have been privileged to witness many of those "thoughtful, committed people" young and old, white and black, gay and straight, whose dedication to the ideals of equality is unshakable and nothing short of awe-inspiring. (Click top photo to begin slide show. All photos by AGuyNamedWayne).