It's hard to talk about the good
things that happened this year without thinking about all of the
completely awful things, but it's worth remembering that there have
been some great moments for the LGBT community worldwide, and so
it's not all doom and gloom.
The Olympics Were Super
"Sports lesbian" tropes aside, this
year's Olympic Games in Rio were one to watch for LGBT brilliance,
and possibly the cutest moment of the games was when Brazilian
rugby player Isadora Cerullo was
proposed to by her girlfriend Marjorie
Enya, a volunteer manager at the games.
Isadora and Marjorie's proposal was
the first of the games, but they weren't the only lesbian couple in
the limelight, with Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh making history
for the British Women's Hockey team as the first
same sex married couple to play for the same team
and win a Gold medal.
Despite the horrors of Nico Hines'
coverage of the games,
outing potentially-closeted athletes by using apps
like Grindr in the Olympic village, it was great to see
so many LGBT athletes proudly and
openly representing their countries, as well as
receiving overwhelmingly positive coverage from mainstream news
Malta Banned Conversion
This is quite a recent one, but a
major breakthrough in LGBT rights was the
Maltese Parliament's unanimous decision to ban
conversion therapy, which they describe as any attempt
to "change, repress or eliminate a person's sexual orientation,
gender identity and/or gender expression". This practice still
occurs in the US, and was
advocated by Vice President Elect Mike
Pence, but hopefully Malta's banning of the harmful
procedure will soon become standard across the
If you want any more proof that
things aren't all bad for us everywhere, the Guardian published an
article earlier this year
highlighting 6 countries making a stand for LGBT
rights, including Jamaica and Mozambique, all of which
are truly wonderful examples of worldwide
San Juniperno Restored Our
Faith In TV
By this point, we are all far too
familiar with the tired "Bury Your Gays" trope, and when I first
heard there was an episode of the new series of Black Mirror that
involved a relationship between women, I was worried that this was
exactly the narrative that was going to play out. Instead, we
were treated to a wonderful, complex love story, which examined
mortality and artificial afterlives, while not being afraid to have
a serious bisexual character or a happy ending.
The episode was a gold standard for
media about women who love women, and it almost makes up for
Netflix's dismal gay and lesbian section-there's only so many times
one can watch Tig.
On that note, comedian Tig Notaro
and her wife Stephanie Allynne did have twins this year! The couple met on the
set of the movie In A World, and have a bubbling on-screen romance
in Tig's show One Mississippi, which presents a semi-fictionalised
version of her life around the time of her mother's death, the show
never making "a fuss" of her relationship with other
The Wonderful Ruby Tandoh
Took On "Clean Eating" Culture
Back in May, GBBO-finalist Ruby
Tandoh wrote a cracking article
exposing the contradictions and dangers of the
recent "clean eating" fad, finding that expensive
detoxes and gluten free diets for non-celiacs weren't so "healthy"
after all. In fact, Ruby found that there is scientific evidence to
suggest that enjoying the food you eat actually increases your
A few months later, Ruby released her second cookbook Flavour, packed full of wonderful recipes that focus on the joy
of eating and enjoying food, rather than reducing our favourites to
"lighter" options or raw alternatives.
Flavour makes an excellent last minute gift for any foodie
friend, or even a perfect treat for yourself if you want to feel
better about the onslaught of Christmas dinner, or need something
seriously delicious to cook this festive season-like
Harry Styles' Dutch
Victory at Standing
On December 4, just as things looked
like they were reaching fever pitch, the United States Army Corps.
of Engineers announced that
the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline would not
be continuing along its current route through Lake
The DAPL was protested by the
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, who worried that the pipeline would
eventually burst and contaminate their water supply. The Standing
Rock Sioux were joined by many other tribes and protestors, who set
up camp in order to block construction, which the US Army and
Police went so far as to block supplies and medical aid to in order
totry and deter protestors from keeping their position at the
The "victory" is not outright, and
the Corps. of Engineers have suggested an environmental impact
survey and consideration of alternate routes, rather than outright
saying they will not build the pipeline through Lake Oahe, but it
is a start.
While this is not explicitly "LGBT"
news, the success of the #NoDAPL resistance in postponing the build
does feel like a welcome win in a year of political
Indeed, while many of us are still
upset from the results of the US presidential election, the voting
period did produce some positivity, with Kate Brown becoming the
first openly bisexual person to be elected as a US
The Year's Nearly Over, So
You Can Watch Carol On Repeat Without Scrutiny
I know you've been watching it all
year anyway, but now you don't have to hide it; the holiday season
is upon us, or "Carolmas", as I like to call it.
Put your feet up, slyly lose your
leather gloves in a toy shop where you shared lingering glances
with an elfin beauty, and settle down with everyone's new favourite
lesbian Christmas film.
Also, if this festive romance wasn't
already gay enough, in an interview with Steve Carrell, the
gorgeous Rooney Mara admitted that her relationship with Cate
Blanchett on-screen was so magnetic because it was "
mirroring real life".
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