There are European countries that are doing better than us, no doubt. We must do better. However, there are some countries that murder LGBT folks, and feel no guilt over it. Excuse me, but if it's a choice between the United States - with all its faults and foibles - and a country such as Iran, I think I'll choose the United States, thank you.
To all the friends in the United States, I hope you had a wonderful holiday yesterday. But now get to work, you jarhead!