To pick one person as the most influential individual in the fight for gay rights in 2013 seems an impossible feat. History was made countless times this year by so many remarkable men and women.
But gracing the cover of The Advocate this month as their 'Person of the Year' is a man who is not only NOT gay himself, he may not even be an ally to the LGBT community at all!
Pope Francis I assumed the papacy in March and went on to make many changes around the Vatican, including the rhetoric being used on certain issues.
He addressed the issue of gay catholics while on a flight from Brazil to Rome earlier this year, saying: