The Advocate prepares for a momentous night celebrating 45 years of advocacy. When most causes fall to the wayside, the Advocate is still around and is as relevant as it was 45 years ago if not more. This is one of the most significant periods in history for the Advocate to be around. Gay rights and acceptance has been building each year since the early 90’s specifically at an exponential rate. When same sex marriage was legal (briefly) in California, I was stunned at how fast it happened to begin with. I thought it would be years or even decades before that came about. Even though it was taken away (briefly), it actually got the ball rolling and people talking. It happened that way for a reason.