MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts has described 2011 as a “banner year” for gay rights.

In a segment titled The Flip Side which aired on Friday, Roberts highlighted the year's advances for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

“For my final Flip Side of this year we look back at the top 10 greatest moments,” Roberts said.

Here are those top moments as compiled by Roberts. (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

The Obama administration announces it will tie some foreign aid to gay rights.

Gay troops take part in San Diego's Gay Pride Parade.

United Nations Human Rights Council approves a resolution condemning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

U.S. Department of Labor bans discrimination based on gender identity.

U.S. Department of State recognizes gay and lesbian families on passport applications.

Obama administration announces it will no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in court.

Repeal of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” which allows gay and bisexual troops to serve openly.

New York becomes sixth state to legalize gay marriage. State shatters old marriage record on law's first day.

For the first time a majority of Americans support gay marriage.