No Longer Being 2016; 2016 Being Over; It being 2017 (A Year That
Is Not 2016)
On December 31, at midnight, 2016
It'll be 2017, then. Not 2016. Not
even a little bit.
You'll be free.
No need for New Year's resolutions
this year; we'll let you off. You made it. We're proud of you. Eat
a mince pie. Don't have any left? Make more. Or buy some. We don't
mind. I think we all deserve a mince pie.
Could someone please get me a mince
pie actually? I think I need one.
Also, Could someone please make it
January 1 2017, like right now please?
That'd be good.
That'd be nice.
Anyway, moving on.
Star Wars Episode VIII: Star Wars Is Officially Gay
Back in February-when 2016 was but
an infant, full of hope, potential, and minimal signs of the
apocalypse-JJ Abrams, director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens,
there will be gay characters in the new
Now, the next film likely won't be
out until December 2017, but just think about much further away
from 2016 we'll be by then! We'll have been 2016-free for nearly a
whole year. 2016 will be a distant memory, but unfortunately, so
will be a time when things were actually good.
You win some, you lose
When The Force Awakens premiered,
many suggested that there might be a blossoming gay romance between
Finn (John Boyega) and Poe (Oscar Isaac), but as Boyega has claimed
that Finn and Poe are
just friends, we're holding out for a
lesbian romance to take centre stage in the new
Please Disney, please please please
give Rey the cool, ass-kickin', space-fairin' girlfriend she so
With the general success of LGBT
media in 2016, we are sure to see a continuation in this trend,
with new shows like Different For Girls, a star-studded web
series that may just the new L Word, and which we'll be covering
extensively in our February issue. Watch this space for fab gay
LGBT History Month
Ok, this might be a bit of a cheat,
History Month happens every year, but it's worth
thinking about, not just as a sign of "how far we've come", but for
what it can do for us.
As a community, although we may
share identities and experiences, we are not "raised" by our elders
in the same way other communities may be. We may live our whole
lives with barely a thought to how the millions before us lived, or
are still living today.
Remembering and celebrating our
history shouldn't be merely a chore or a duty, but an opportunity
to know that we aren't alone, and that any problem we face now has
been faced before, and that we as a community are, and have always
been, resilient and brilliant.
The Growth And Success Of Social Justice
It may sometimes seem difficult to
celebrate the existence and expansion of movements like
Black Lives Matter, or #NoDAPL, because
they show just how much injustice there is in the world that is not
being tackled by the governing bodies which are supposed to protect
us (and which is, of course, no news to most of us.)
However, even though these problems
still occur, we hope that 2017 is a year where these groups and
movements receive continued support and success, and we should all
continue to participate in protests, awareness, and amplification.
It's ok to feel disenfranchised by
mainstream politics and political representation, or by how
marginalised people are treated on both small and large scales, and
to feel like things are "going backwards", but there are
things you can do.
The Great British Bake Off… Sort Of?
Though we may disagree about
politics, we can all agree that it was heart-breaking to see the
GBBO team split by Channel 4's acquisition of the show, with
Paul Hollywood signing on for three years with
Channel 4, while
Mel, Sue & Mary decided to stay with the
Rumours abound about the future of
the show, including possible new hosts for the Channel 4 series,
favourites being Richard Ayoade and Cherish Finden. There is also
the possibility of
the BBC creating a rival show (UK Cake
Off, anyone?) and so if both of them go well, 2017 could turn out
to be the greatest year in human history by containing TWICE the
normal amount of Bake Off-not so bad after all.
Applications for the Channel 4 show
are now open, and will be for the next couple of
weeks, if looking fearfully into Paul Hollywood's eyes
as he wraps his lips around something your delicate hands carefully
wrought is something that would really make your year.
Life Going On
Reading the headlines it can feel
like the world is ending, and when you are living in The Last Days,
it's hard to plan for the future.
But it will happen.
As bad as things are, days, weeks,
and months will still pass. We still all have our mundane lives to
live among the chaos, and sometimes that's worth remembering,
particularly in the moments where we are most stressed about the
For me, in 2017 I'll be writing my
dissertation (which I should have written half of already…),
sitting my finals, graduating, and finding a job. I don't
particularly know how I'm going to do any of these things, but they
are going to happen, and at the end of it, hopefully I'll have a
cute little flat with my girlfriend, and maybe a degree to hang on
the wall there too.
Everything else may fall down, but
it's okay to need to focus on small, personal things to make sense
of the mess the future often appears to be.
Speaking of which…
The Continued Existence Of Dogs And Cats
Those sweet angels. Those darling
buddies. Those little friends.
Look at them. Playing, barking,
falling over, snoozing. They don't know about Trump; they still
don't even know about Theresa May!
They're just so soft. So precious.
They'll still be there in 2017, as
they are now, to pet, and to cuddle, and to love.
They'll still be
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