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HAPPY NEW YEAR

Cheers | Good Luck| Aulde Lang Syne
 

Pentatonix: Auld Lang Syne
Ian Axel: This is Your New Year

What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?

New Year Song by ABBA

You Will Be Found
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Rob Thomas: Someday

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Rod Stewart: Auld Lang Syne

Ingrid Michaelson: I Just Want to Be OK

 

 

Queerest Places to Spend New Year’s Eve
Those Were the Good Old Days by Randy Rainbow

Out 100: 2023 List of LGBTQ Celebrities

NBC News: Here are the Top LGBTQ News Stories of 2023
Most Uplifting Moments for LGBTQ People in 2023

Our Favorite Songs by LGBTQ Artists in 2023

LGBTQ Celebs, Allies and Icons We Lost in 2023

Our Favorite LGBTQ Movies of 2023

LGBTQ Reality TV Stars That Made Us Feel Seen and Proud in 2023

Queerest Moments of 2023

LGBTQ Stars Absolutely Ruled 2023

Best Albums by LGBTQ Artists of 2023

Here Are All the Celebrities Who Came Out as LGBTQ in 2023


 

Auld Lang Syne

 

Health, Happiness, Hope!

 

Cheers! Here's a toast to you! Here's to putting 2023 behind us! And here's to a fabulous 2024! Let's wring out the old and ring in the new! It's a brand new year! A new beginning! A fresh start! A clean slate! Best wishes and good luck! Here's wishing you much peace, happiness, success and optimism in the coming year! Here's hoping things will get better!

 

May your hope be rekindled and your passion restored.
May hurt turn to healing and wounds become wisdom.

May joy surround you and laughter infect you.

 

 

 

Moments in 2023 That Made LGBTQ History
You Will Be Found

Out LGBTQ Celebrities

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Our Favorite LGBTQ Books of 2023
Best LGBTQ Podcasts of 2023 That Helped Us Survive the Year

Glee: This is Your New Year
Best LGBTQ TV Shows and Movies of 2023

Queerest Moments of 2023

Favorite Lesbian, Bisexual, and Queer TV Couples of 2023

Best LGBTQ Books of 2023
Post Modern Jukebox: What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?

LGBTQ Victories Did Happen in 2023

Most Popular LGBTQ News Stories of 2023

LGBTQ Sports Stars in 2023
Remembering the Beloved LGBTQ Folks we Lost in 2023
 

Interracial Gay Kiss at Midnight

 

The first shot after the ball drop appeared to be an interracial gay kiss....

And bigots were not happy about it


On the New Year’s Eve telecast for CNN and ABC, both networks aired an interracial gay kiss right as the countdown to 2024 reached its final 10 seconds. Most people were positively surprised by the networks highlighting a queer couple during a live TV special that reaches a wide variety of audiences.  But we can always count on conservative bigots to get bent out of shape over seeing two men kiss on national television.

 

As the clock struck midnight, the thousands of people gathered in New York City’s Times Square turned to their loved ones to mark the auspicious moment with a kiss.  As cameras captured the scene, the first kiss from 2024 just happened to be shared by two men.

 

 

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While LGBTQ people rejoiced at the meaningful moment of representation, right-wing homophobic bigots were riled up over the incident. They used their first moments of the new year to send vitriolic hate on social media for being exposed to a short moment of queer joy.  One viewer branded the moment a “salacious, sickening, interracial gay tongue lashing session."  Another said it was "gross and disgusting."

Jake Erikkson and Corin Christian went viral after their very public smooch at the stroke of midnight in Times Square. The kiss, the first to be aired on television that night, was also shown on multiple other networks and quickly spread joy through the queer community.  The men said they hoped their kiss had a bigger impact than a few seconds of air time. They just want to spread the love.  “I had the amazing opportunity to share a New Year’s kiss with my partner in front of the whole world. We appreciate the positive feedback we received and hope that our experience can inspire youth to always be themselves,” Erikkson said. “Hate and anger are secondary emotions.”


[Sources: Bil Browning, LGBTQ Nation and Asyia Iftikhar, Pink News, January 2024]

 

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Embrace the Optimism

 

Try to Remain Hopeful

 

This time of year is always filled with anticipation.  As the new year arrives, we try to do our best (don't we?) to adopt a positive attitude about the start of a new calendar.  Is next year going to be better than this past year?  Will things improve?  Is this really a fresh start and the chance to once again get it right?

 

The bigger and more serious question, however, is: Can we remain hopeful and optimistic during difficult times?  It can be a real challenge sometimes.  It can feel downright hopeless, especially when we oftentimes feel helpless and ineffectual in bringing about any change.  And sometimes we just get tired of smiling through the rain.

 

 

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Best LGBTQ TV Shows and Movies of 2023
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As we ready ourselves for the new year, and reflect on the good times and bad times of the old year, we look ahead with some hope that we learned something from our mistakes and were able to find the positive aspects of our negative situations.

 

The things that are happening around us are oftentimes things we can't control.  In such cases, we are called upon to draw upon our internal strength and adopt a healthy response.  For our own sense of wellness, we need to focus on the positive aspects of our life and practice gratitude.  We might find it helpful to note the things we are thankful for and shift our perspective and promote a more positive mindset.

Our overall mental health can be enhanced by engaging in mindfulness or meditation practices to stay centered and focused about the present and reduce anxiety about the future. Such practices can help us cultivate a sense of calm and clarity.

The new year is often about our goals and aspirations.  Our wishes and hopes for the future, however, can cause us to put undue pressure on ourselves about achieving our goals.  We should break down our plans into smaller, more manageable objectives. Achieving small victories can boost our confidence and motivation, and help us stay positive in the face of adversity.

 


 

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Queerest Moments of 2023

Moments in 2023 That Made LGBTQ History
Best LGBTQ Movies of 2023

75 Anti-LGBTQ Bills Have Become Law in 2023
More Than 300 Trans and Gender-Diverse People Were Killed in 2023

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Especially in these tumultuous and divisive times, it is important to our sense of wellbeing to spend time with people who uplift and support us. Too often, we are beset on all sides by people who judge us, criticize us, and condemn us. Surrounding ourselves with positive influences can have a significant impact on our mood and outlook.  Being in the presence of those who support, affirm, and respect us can make a real difference in our day to day survival.

The daily news reports can be a real source of negativity.  And sometimes it can be hard to ignore these negative influences.  For our own sanity, we must be mindful of the media and information we consume. Let's try to limit exposure to negative news and choose to focus on stories that inspire hope and resilience.

Hopefully, this past year, we have learned from our challenges. And, as a result, perhaps, instead of viewing difficulties as insurmountable obstacles, we can see them as opportunities for growth and learning. Every challenge presents a chance to develop new skills and insights.

In a time of unrest and instability in the world, we may feel like things are falling apart all around us. Amidst such chaos and disorder, perhaps we can create some healthy routines in our life. Establishing a routine can provide a sense of structure and predictability. A well-organized day can help you feel more in control, even when facing challenges.


 

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Our Favorite Songs by LGBTQ Artists in 2023

Best LGBTQ Kisses of 2023

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The LGBTQ community, in particular, must remain united.  In tough times, it is vital that we know who our friends are and who we can turn to for support.  We must not hesitate to reach out to friends, family, allies, or a mental health professional for support. Talking about your feelings and concerns can be therapeutic and help alleviate stress.

Our journey has been a struggle, but, remember, we have made great strides.  Even though there is still important work to be done, we must not give up and we must not lose hope.  We must learn to celebrate small wins, even when we take two steps forward and one step back.  To ensure our own momentum, we must acknowledge and celebrate our achievements, no matter how small. Recognizing our progress can boost our morale and keep us focused on the positive aspects of our ongoing journey.
 


As we venture into the new year, let's to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Let's be sure to be intentional about taking care of ourselves and tending to our physical, emotional, social, mental, and spiritual.  We need to discontinue unhealthy habits and self-destructive behavior.  We need to challenge negative thoughts and try to reframe them in a more positive light. We need to cultivate an optimistic mindset by focusing on solutions rather than dwelling on problems.

Remember that staying hopeful is a continuous process. Taking small steps each day can gradually build resilience and contribute to a more positive outlook on life.  Best wishes for a happy, healthy, and hopeful new year!
 

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New Year Wishes

 

"May we always get what we need.

May we sometimes get what we want.

May we never get what we deserve."

-Irish Toast

 

"Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right."
-Oprah Winfrey

"Hope smiles from the threshold of the new year, whispering, It will be happier."
-Alfred Lord Tennyson

 

"The New Year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written."
-Melody Beattie

 

"This is the new year. A new beginning. Another chance to turn it all around."
-Ian Axel

 

"What can be said in New Year rhymes, that's not been said a thousand times?
The new years come, the old years go, we know we dream, we dream we know.
We rise up laughing with the light, we lie down weeping with the night.
We hug the world until it stings, we curse it then and sigh for wings.
We live, we love, we woo, we wed, we wreathe our prides, we sheet our dead.
We laugh, we weep, we hope, we fear, and that's the burden of a year."
-Ella Wheeler Wilcox


"Come, gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down all unkindness."
-William Shakespeare
 

     

 

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Most Uplifting Moments for LGBTQ People in 2023

Our Favorite Songs by LGBTQ Artists in 2023

Best LGBTQ Kisses of 2023

Favorite Lesbian, Bisexual, and Queer TV Couples of 2023

New Year Song by ABBA

Moments in 2023 That Made LGBTQ History
LGBTQ Sports Stars in 2023

NBC News: Here are the Top LGBTQ News Stories of 2023

 

“I have not always chosen the safest path. I've made my mistakes, plenty of them. I sometimes jump too soon and fail to appreciate the consequences. But I've learned something important along the way: I've learned to heed the call of my heart. I've learned that the safest path is not always the best path and I've learned that the voice of fear is not always to be trusted.”
-Steve Goodier

"There is a pleasure in the pathless woods.
There is a rapture on the lonely sea."
-Lord Byron

 

“I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.”
-Thomas Jefferson

“No matter how hard the past, you can always begin again.”
-Buddha

 

"Well, another crazy year... You'll drink the night away, and forget about everything.
You used to think that it was so easy... You used to say that it was so easy... But you're trying, you're trying now.
Another year and then you'd be happy.... Just one more year and then you'd be happy... But you're crying', you're crying now."
-Gerry Rafferty, Baker Street
 

"An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves."
-Bill Vaughan

“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go. They merely determine where you start.”
-Nido Qubein

 

 

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2023’s Legislative Attacks on LGBTQ Rights

Best Pride Albums of 2023

Our Favorite LGBTQ Movies of 2023

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New Year Poems

 

What can be said in New Year rhymes, that’s not been said a thousand times?
The new years come, the old years go, we know we dream, we dream we know.
We rise up laughing with the light, we lie down weeping with the night.
We hug the world until it stings, we curse it then and sigh for wings.
We live, we love, we woo, we wed, we wreathe our brides, we sheet our dead.
We laugh, we weep, we hope, we fear, and that’s the burden of the year.
-Ella Wheeler Wilcox, “The Year,” 1910
 

Only a night from old to new;
Only a sleep from night to morn.
The new is but the old come true;
Each sunrise sees a new year born.
-Helen Hunt Jackson, “New Year’s Morning,” 1892
 

We make midnight a maquette of the year: frostlight glinting off snow to solemnize
the vows we offer to ourselves in near silence: the competition shimmerwise
of champagne and chandeliers to attract laughter and cheers: the glow from the fireplace
reflecting the burning intra-red pact between beloveds: we cosset the space
of a fey hour, anxious gods molding our hoped-for adams with this temporal clay:


each of us edacious for shining or rash enough to think sacrifice will stay
this fugacious time: while stillness suspends vitality in balance, as passions
struggle with passions for sway, the mind wends towards what’s to come: a callithump of fashions,
ersatz smiles, crowded days: a bloodless cut that severs soul from bone: a long aching
quiet in which we will hear nothing but the clean crack of our promises breaking.
-Evie Shockley, "On New Year’s Eve," 2011

 

 

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Out 100: 2023 List of LGBTQ Celebrities

NBC News: Here are the Top LGBTQ News Stories of 2023

Remembering the Beloved LGBTQ Folks we Lost in 2023

Those Were the Good Old Days by Randy Rainbow

Most Uplifting Moments for LGBTQ People in 2023

Our Favorite Songs by LGBTQ Artists in 2023

Best LGBTQ Kisses of 2023

LGBTQ People of Color Who Blazed a Trail in the Arts this Year
Sapphic Songs That We Loved in 2023

 

With what stillness at last you appear in the valley
your first sunlight reaching down to touch the tips of a few
high leaves that do not stir as though they had not noticed
and did not know you at all then the voice of a dove calls
from far away in itself to the hush of the morning.


So this is the sound of you here and now whether or not
anyone hears it this is where we have come with our age
our knowledge such as it is and our hopes such as they are
invisible before us untouched and still possible.
 

-W.S. Merwin, "To the New Year," 2005

 

In the pulse of night, as stars compete with fireworks overhead,
A woman forlorn and lonely does muse this evening cold in her bed.
With sapphic thoughts that dance, like shadows on the wall,
She longs to find a warm embrace to get her through it all.

No languid lady by her side, she seeks her sacred space,
And in her hallowed stillness, her hands begin to trace.
The clock strikes twelve, flows forth the distant din of chimes,
A humble toast to love of self, amidst these joyless times.

Trespassing doubts and fears impose to stall her solo flight,
Her hopeful quest to wrest desire soars into the night.
No need for sappho's kiss beneath the firecrackers' light,
She is the spark, the blazing flame, the soul that's burning bright.

In solitude so desolate, she finds her haven, her retreat,
Bold and absurd, epiphanies emerge, this evening bittersweet.
Reluctant she is to recall, bewildered, embattled, and seeking reprieve,
Head held high, she breathes a sigh, the year attempts to take its leave.

In the hum of fading night, she grasps the lock and turns the key,
And finds her love, her joy, her path to live auspicious and free.
No need for lover, man or woman, no need to court and deceive,
In her own gracious company, her dreams she will herself conceive.

-Michelle Rae, "Sapphic Solemnity," 2023

 

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Out 100: 2023 List of LGBTQ Celebrities

Most Uplifting Moments for LGBTQ People in 2023

Best TV Shows of 2023 with Lesbian, Queer and Trans Characters

Our Favorite Songs by LGBTQ Artists in 2023

Best LGBTQ Kisses of 2023

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2023’s Legislative Attacks on LGBTQ Rights

Best Pride Albums of 2023

Barry Manilow: It's Just Another New Year's Eve

Baby There's COVID Outside

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New Day's Lyric: Amanda Gorman

Best Albums by LGBTQ Artists of 2023

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This is Your New Year

 

Another year you made a promise, another chance to turn it all around,
And do not save this for tomorrow, embrace the past and you can live for now.

Speak louder that the words before you, and give them meaning no one else has found.
The role we play is so important, we are the voices of the underground,

Say everything you’ve always wanted, be not afraid of who you really are,
Because in the end we have each other, and that's at least one thing worth living for.

A million suns that shine upon me, A million eyes you are the brightest blue,
Let's tear the walls down that divide us, and build a statue strong enough for two.
 

[Source: Song by Ian Axel, This is the New Year]

 

Katy Perry: You're a Firework

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Our Favorite LGBTQ Books of 2023

Best LGBTQ Podcasts of 2023 That Helped Us Laugh, Learn, and Survive the Year

Rod Stewart: Auld Lang Syne

Best LGBTQ TV Shows and Movies of 2023

Queerest Moments of 2023

Best LGBTQ Books of 2023
Seasons of Love: Idina Menzel and Original Broadway Cast of Rent

LGBTQ Victories Did Happen in 2023
For LGBTQ Rights, 2023 Was a Year of Fighting
Pentatonix: Auld Lang Syne

Best Songs By LGBTQ Artists In 2023

LGBTQ Reality TV Stars That Made Us Feel Seen and Proud in 2023

Best LGBTQ Movies of 2023

Lea Michele: Auld Lang Syne

75 Anti-LGBTQ Bills Have Become Law in 2023
More Than 300 Trans and Gender-Diverse People Were Killed in 2023

 

 

Cautiously Optimistic

 

It's easy to be optimistic at the start of a new year. But, listen up, here's the deal. Nobody claim 2024 as "your year," okay? We're all going to walk in real slow. Take it easy. Be good. Be quiet. Be cautious and respectful. Don't touch anything. And, most importantly, no sudden movements.

Yes, strains of Auld Lang Syne and fireworks may still be ringing in your ears. The year is still perfect. We are off to a good start.

So as we begin 2024, let’s not be naive enough to think that this year will be enormously better than any of the years that have preceded it. We know from experience that we have no idea what the next day brings, much less what the next 364 days will bring.

Let’s be adaptable to the challenges that the new year may bring. Being intractable and set in our ways won’t serve us well if we find ourselves in for another year of sudden changes in our schools, businesses and social lives.

There are challenges every year, yet we look back on some years with happy memories.  Do we do so because those years were really that great? Or do we look back with fond memories because we adapted well to the challenges we faced?

Here's hoping the new year brings you and yours peace, happiness, fulfillment, good health and a treasure trove of wonderful memories that prompt you to look back on 2023 with fondness.

[Source: Times Observer, adapted]

 

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2023’s Legislative Attacks on LGBTQ Rights

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LGBTQ Stars Absolutely Ruled 2023

Best Albums by LGBTQ Artists of 2023

Here Are All the Celebrities Who Came Out as LGBTQ in 2023

 


 

New Year Full of Promise

 

"May you have the hindsight to know where you've been,

the foresight to know where you're going,

and the insight to know when you're going too far."
-Celtic Wisdom

 

“Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away! You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.”

-Dr. Seuss

"Maybe someday we'll figure all this out. Try to put an end to all our doubt. Try to find a way to make things better now. Maybe someday we'll live our lives out loud. We'll be better off somehow."
-Rob Thomas

 

"The New Year is full of promise, though you may also get a fair share of tough times. With each progressing year, you find yourself growing confident, experienced, and wise. That's the gift of the New Year. Raise a toast to the year that holds many promises. And may you be filled with optimism and enthusiasm."
-Simran Khurana

"For last year's words belong to last year's language. And next year's words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning."
-TS Elliot

 

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Pentatonix: New Year's Day

Best LGBTQ TV Shows and Movies of 2023

LGBTQ Sports Stars in 2023

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Most Popular LGBTQ News Stories of 2023

Best LGBTQ Books of 2023
Katy Perry: You're a Firework

LGBTQ Victories Did Happen in 2023
For LGBTQ Rights, 2023 Was a Year of Fighting
Rod Stewart: Auld Lang Syne

Best Songs By LGBTQ Artists In 2023

Queerest Moments of 2023

Best LGBTQ Movies of 2023

Best TV Shows of 2023 with Lesbian, Queer and Trans Characters

Ingrid Michaelson: I Just Want to Be OK

75 Anti-LGBTQ Bills Have Become Law in 2023
More Than 300 Trans and Gender-Diverse People Were Killed in 2023

 

 

2023 LGBTQ Year in Review

 

--Robin Roberts (Good Morning America) announces engagement to Amber Laign

--Carl Nassib (NFL Football Athlete) announces serious relationship with Søren Dahl (Olympic Swimmer)

--Amber McLaughlin, the first openly transgender person to be executed in the US, dies by lethal injection

--Bingo Allison becomes first non-binary priest in Church of England

--Gay television producer (Pose) Ryan Murphy receives Golden Globes Lifetime Achievement Award

--US Congress has record number of LGBTQ members: 11 in House of Reps, 2 in Senate, 13 total

--Sam Smith (non-binary) and Kim Petras (transgender) win Grammy Award for "Unholy"

--Charles Silverstein, author of "Joy of Gay Sex" and advocate of LGBTQ rights, dies at age 87

--Charlie Brown and Kelly Pierce played as the first same-sex couple on Wheel of Fortune TV game show

--Daniela Arroyo Gonzalez is first out trans woman in Puerto Rico Miss Universe pageant

--Gallop poll reports than the US LGBTQ population remains steady at 7.2%

--New Zealander Georgina Beyer, world’s first out transgender member of parliament, dies at 65

--US legislators (and hate groups) step up opposition to LGBTQ people, trans people, and drag performers

--Drag queen Jinkx Monsoon plays character of matron Mama Morton in Chicago musical

--Everything Everywhere All at Once wins Best Picture Academy Award and The Whale wins Best Actor Award (Brenden Fraser)

--Darcelle XV, of Portland, Oregon, world’s oldest working drag queen, dies at 92

--Famous British drag queen Paul O'Grady (Lily Savage) dies at 76

--Cook Islands decriminalizes consensual LGBTQ adult relationships

--Chuck Williams, founder of UCLA Law School's Williams Institute, dies

--Barry Humphries (aka Dame Edna Everage) dies at 89

--Joe Biden issues Presidential Proclamation for 70th Anniversary of Lavender Scare

--Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida enacts extreme anti-LGBTQ legislation affecting education, healthcare, and other services

--George Michael posthumously inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

--Transgender singer Kim Petras appears on cover of Sports Illustrated Magazine Swimsuit Edition

--San Francisco names nation's first Drag Laureate, D'Arcy Drollinger

 

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James Taylor: Auld Lang Syne

NBC News: Here are the Top LGBTQ News Stories of 2023

Our Favorite Songs by LGBTQ Artists in 2023

Best LGBTQ Kisses of 2023

LGBTQ People of Color Who Blazed a Trail in the Arts this Year
Sapphic Songs That We Loved in 2023

LGBTQ Celebs, Allies and Icons We Lost in 2023

2023’s Legislative Attacks on LGBTQ Rights

Auld Lang Syne by Mairi Campbell

Remembering the Beloved LGBTQ Folks we Lost in 2023

Best Pride Albums of 2023

Our Favorite LGBTQ Movies of 2023

Favorite Lesbian, Bisexual, and Queer TV Couples of 2023

LGBTQ Stars Absolutely Ruled 2023

Best Albums by LGBTQ Artists of 2023

Here Are All the Celebrities Who Came Out as LGBTQ in 2023

Norah Jones: What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?

Pentatonix: New Year's Day

 

 

--Georgina Beyer, of New Zealand Parliament, the first out trans MP in world history, dies at 65

--Homophobic Christian televangelist Pat Robertson dies at 93

--In the midst of a national wave of anti-LGBTQ sentiment, President Biden hosts large-scale LGBTQ Pride event at White House

--J. Harrison Ghee and Alex Newell are the first out nonbinary performers to win Tony Awards

--Nepal legalizes same-sex marriage

--USWNT soccer superstar Megan Rapinoe retires

--Pop music legend Elton John performs his farewell concert tour after a 50 year career

--NFL football coach Kevin Maxen becomes the first male coach to come out as gay in American pro-sports

--Barbie movie writer/director Greta Gerwig breaks box office record for female directors; film is social commentary on womanhood

--Sinead O'Connor, singer, activist, and LGBTQ ally, dies at the age of 56

--Carla Antonelli becomes Spain’s first openly transgender senator

--Laura Anne Carleton, an LGBTQ ally, was shot over an altercation concerning a Pride flag hanging outside her California store

--President Joe Biden vows to uphold LGBTQ rights in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly

--Barry Manilow breaks Elvis Presley's record of the most shows in Las Vegas

--Tennessee voters elect first transgender candidate, Olivia Hill, to Nashville's city council

--Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Trailblazing LGBTQ Rights Advocate, Dies at 90

--Laphonza Butler, of California, makes history as the first LGBTQ person of color in the US Senate

--US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Conner (First woman on Supreme Ct) dies

--Two trans women compete in Miss Universe pageant: Marina Machete (Miss Portugal) and Rikkie Valerie Kollé (Miss Netherlands)

--Virginia voters elect first transgender candidate, Danica Roem, to be state senator

--Kid Rock protests Bud Light beer for promoting their brand with trans celebrity Dylan Mulvaney

--Norman Lear, TV pioneer and LGBTQ ally, dies at age 101

--Taylor Swift, strong LGBTQ ally, named "Person of the Year" by Time Magazine

--GQ Magazine names Troye Sivan "Man of the Year"

--Pope Francis gives permission for Catholic priests to "bless" same-sex relationships

 

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Transformative New Year

 

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done
before, and more importantly, you're doing something. So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make new mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art or love or work or family or life. Whatever it is you're scared of doing, do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”
-Neil Gaiman
 

“New Year's Day. A fresh start. A new chapter in life waiting to be written. New questions to be asked, embraced, and loved. Answers to be discovered and then lived in this transformative year of delight and self-discovery. Today carve out a quiet interlude for yourself in which to dream. Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous new year by believing. Believe in yourself. And believe in your dreams. Only dreams give birth to change.”
-Sarah Ban Breathnach

 

"I hope there are days when your coffee tastes like magic, your playlist makes you dance, strangers make you smile, and the night sky touches your soul.  I hope you fall in love with being alive again."

-Social Media Meme

 

“You live you learn. You love you learn. You cry you learn. You lose you learn. You bleed you learn. You scream you learn. You grieve you learn. You choke you learn. You laugh you learn. You choose you learn. You pray you learn. You ask you learn.”
-Alanis Morrissette

 

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New Year's Good Luck Traditions

 

--Hoppin' John | In the southern US, it's said that anyone who makes this dish of black-eyed peas, pork, collard greens, and cornbread on January 1 will experience luck, peace and mostly prosperity for the rest of the year. The collard greens resemble money. The cornbread represents gold. The black-eyed peas are coins. Some families boost the potential of their Hoppin’ John by placing a penny underneath the dishes to bring more luck.

--Wear White | Brazil makes it easier too choose your New Year's Eve outfit. Everyone wears white for good luck and peace. Plus, matching outfits make for good photos!

--Jump Seven Waves | Also in Brazil, if you head to the beach, you can increase your luck by heading to the water and jumping over seven waves. You get one wish for each wave.

--Smash a Plate | In Denmark, broken dishes are a good thing. People go around breaking dishware on the doorsteps of their friends and family. The more shards there are in front of your home the next day, the luckier and more well liked you are.

 

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--Eat 12 Grapes | Yes, exactly 12, one at each stroke of midnight. That's what they do in Spain. Pop one grape for every month of the New Year. Eating one grape at each of midnight’s 12 clock chimes guarantees you a lucky year if and only if you simultaneously ruminate on their significance (Each grape represents an upcoming month.) If you fail to conscientiously finish your grapes by the time the clock stops chiming, you’ll face misfortune in the new year.

 

--Kiss a Loved One | You've heard of this one before. When the clock strikes midnight, you're supposed to kiss someone you love. And it's not just about stealing a smooch. This is borrowed from English and German folklore, which stated that it's the first person with whom a person came in contact that dictated the year’s destiny. Choose your partner wisely!

--Jump Into the New Year | Also, in Denmark, people stand on their chairs and "leap" into January at midnight to bring good luck and banish bad spirits.

--Grab a Suitcase  | In Colombia, people take empty suitcases and run around the block as fast as they can. It's supposed to guarantee a year filled with travel.

--Smash the Peppermint Pig | In upstate New York, they sell special peppermint pigs all throughout the holiday season. Everyone gets to take a turn hitting it with a special candy-size hammer and eating a piece for good fortune in the coming year. The peppermint is very strong, so only take a small piece.

 

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--Open the Doors and Windows | It's a common superstition that opening the doors and windows will let the old year out, and the new year in unimpeded.

--Lucky Underwear | Certain countries, especially in Latin America, believe that the color of your underwear can bring good things to you in the next 12 months. Yellow is for luck.  Red is for love.  And white undies bring peace.

--Throw Water Out the Window | In Puerto Rico, they believe that dumping a bucket of water out the window drives away evil spirits.  Puerto Ricans also sprinkle sugar outside their houses to invite the good luck in.

--Buy a New Lucky Charm | In Germany and Austria, there are a few different lucky symbols that you'd gift to friends and family to bring them good fortune. These include pigs, mushrooms, clovers and chimney sweeps. You can buy little tokens of these lucky charms at a Christmas market. Or get edible ones in fun combinations made out of marzipan.

--Save a Wish | Write down a resolution, goal, wish or note to your future self. Put it in a jar and save it for the year. On the next New Year's Eve, you can retrieve the jar and read the notes to see how far you have progressed.

[Source: Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, Dec 2020]

 

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Looking Forward

 

“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.”

-Eleanor Roosevelt

 

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”

-Harriet Tubman


“We all get the exact same 365 days. The only difference is what we do with them.”

-Hillary DePiano

 

"What the new year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the new year."

-Vern McLellanmn

 

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.”

-Margaret Mead


“New beginnings are in order, and you are bound to feel some level of excitement as new chances come your way.”

-Auliq Ice


“Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.”

-Helen Keller


“You’ve always had the power, my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself.”

-The Wizard of Oz

 

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New Year's Resolutions

 

The New Year is the time most folks reflect on the past year and make promises to do better in the year to come.  As another calendar year begins, it makes perfect sense that people might examine themselves, question the direction of their lives, seek to improve themselves, and make vows, plans and promises. Making New Year resolutions has become a real tradition.

 

For the queer community (or for anybody), it’s time to ask those questions all over again.  What do I remember from last year? What mistakes did I make?  What regrets do I have?  What have I learned?  What did I accomplish?  In what ways did I succeed or fail?  What decisions (good and bad) have I made? 

 

Perhaps we should go a little easy on ourselves. Being LGBTQ in this current environment can sometimes be challenging.  Perhaps we should put an end to the "New Year, New Me" mentality and just relax a little bit.  After all, being proud of who you are without apology or compromise is the most critical goal.  And if you are trying to improve yourself, remember that people don't change overnight and old habits can be tough to break.

 

So, before parading into the New Year making resolutions that will get broken a week later, here are a few tips for your consideration that hopefully won't get lost in the sea of confetti, cheap champagne and regrets.  And, of course, these suggestions are purely for self-reflection and not intended to impose any kind of strict moral code.

 

 

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--Try dating without the dating apps and see how it goes.  Interfacing is not the same as interacting.  Who knows, you might find the love of your life at the bookstore or the neighborhood gay bar or a non-judgmental gym.  And you might just enjoy honing your interpersonal skills and leading with your personal charm.

--Be a nicer person.  You can choose your attitude and your behavior.  Sometimes it's just easier to be a jerk.  But, this year, what if you chose, instead, to be a more friendly, kind, compassionate, sensitive, empathetic, and patient person?

 

--Take a more active interest in politics. Equal rights for LGBTQ people are dependent on the vigilance of the LGBTQ community in demanding those rights and resisting oppression and injustice. Some LGBTQ folks, of course, have done a better job than others. Some have been protesting nonstop, signing petitions, and making calls for years. They've been active since day one and haven’t stopped. Consider getting more involved in the movement.

 

 

--Exercise for health, not just to show off a ripped bod. Fitness is important, of course.  And taking care of our body is a good habit. But it is also important learn to love your body as it is and to be comfortable in your skin.  Do you really have to starve yourself?  Do you really have to look like a model? Understand that looks (and fashion) alone don't make the person.  A pleasant personality and good manners do too. 

 

--Take a trip to a gay mecca. Go to the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in Australia or Carnival in Rio. Visit Provincetown on Cape Code or Fire Island in New York or the Castro District in San Francisco or Key West in Florida.

 

--Make more time for reading.  Increase your literacy and vocabulary.  Expand your sources of information.  Be more informed.  Broaden your mind.  Read for knowledge and for enrichment.  And audiobooks and podcasts count as reading.

 

--Be more adventurous.  Do something that frightens you. Face your fears. Try something outside of your comfort zone. The list can include learning to tap dance, skydiving, eating alone at a restaurant, doing karaoke, going to a nude beach, exploring drag or crossdressing, visiting a foreign country, learning a new hobby, getting a little kinky in bed.  Having unprotected sex with a complete stranger should not be on the list.
 

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--Be more intentional about relationships. Don't be afraid to begin a new romance or to tell that special person how you really feel about them.  But, also, don’t be afraid to end a relationship that’s not going anywhere.  And remember that it is okay to be single.

 

--Learn more about queer history and queer pioneers. What happened at Stonewall?  Do you know? Do you know any famous LGBTQ people?  Who is Oscar Wilde?  Are you familiar with any LGBTQ authors and literature?  What are the origins of certain LGBTQ terminology?  What do the various queer flags mean? Who is Sappho? Where does voguing come from?

--Diversify your music taste. Try to expand your appreciation for a wider genre of music beyond the the pop divas and disco queens.  Even among LGBTQ artists there is an amazing variety of sounds that you might enjoy discovering.  Divas like longtime LGBTQ ally and icon Ariana Grande are great, but there’s a whole new world of music out there that is just waiting to be explored.

--Be better at safe sex. The AIDS epidemic taught us critical lessons about sexually transmitted infections. If you’re on PrEP that’s awesome, but you can still get other STIs. It’s always good to wear a condom. Get tested regularly and be honest about your sexual activities and risk with your partners.

--Cut down on alcohol consumption. For your own long-term health, it might be good to have more nights on the town without getting drunk. We all know that alcohol loosens you up and makes you more sociable.  But, if you find that the only way you can build up your courage is to get intoxicated, you might have a drinking problem.

[Source: Zachary Zane and Aniruddha Mahale; Edited]

 

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Wisdom for the New Year

 

"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow."

-Albert Einstein

 

"Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself."

-George Bernard Shaw

"It’s never too late, never too late to start over, never too late to be happy."

-Jane Fonda

"Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every New Year find you a better person."

-Benjamin Franklin

"Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself."
-Rumi

"Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can."

-Danny Kaye

"Tomorrow is a new day. Begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense."

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

"And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been."
-Rainer Maria Rilke

 

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Desiderata

 


 

New Year: Promise and Pressure

 

Why do we start a new year, with promises to improve? Who began this tradition of never-ending pressure?
 

I say, the end of a year, should be filled with congratulations, for all we survived. And I say a new year should start with promises to be kinder to ourselves, to understand better just how much we bear, as humans on this exhausting treadmill of life.


And if we are to promise more, let’s pledge to rest, before our bodies force us. Let’s pledge to stop, and drink in life as it happens. Let’s pledge to strip away a layer of perfection to reveal the flawed and wondrous humanity we truly are inside.


Why start another year, gifted to us on this earth, with demands on our already over-strained humanity, when we could be learning to accept, that we were always supposed to be imperfect.


And that is where the beauty lives, actually. And if we can only find that beauty, we would also find peace.
 

[Source: Donna Ashworth]

 

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New Year Blessing

 

May you be blessed with discomfort
At easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships
So that you may live deep within your heart

May you be blessed with anger
At injustice, oppression and exploitation of people
So that you may work for justice, freedom and peace

May you be blessed with tears
To shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger, poverty and war
So that you may reach our your hand to comfort them
To turn their pain into joy.

And may you be blessed with enough foolishness
To believe that you can make a difference in the world
So that you can do what others claim cannot be done

[Source: Sister Ruth Fox, Non-Traditional Benedictine Blessing, 1985]

 

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Embracing a Radiant Tomorrow

 

A New Year's Message to the LGBTQ Community

As we stand on the threshold of a brand new year, let us collectively embrace the dawn of a future brimming with promise, acceptance, and love for the LGBTQ community. The journey that lies ahead is one of continued progress, resilience, and the celebration of diversity.

In recent years, society has witnessed remarkable strides towards inclusivity and understanding, dismantling barriers that have long hindered the full acceptance of the LGBTQ community. The new year beckons with the opportunity to amplify these positive changes, fostering an environment where everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, can thrive authentically.

 

One of the most inspiring aspects of the LGBTQ community is its unwavering spirit and resilience. In the face of adversity, the community has not only survived but has thrived, fostering a culture of courage and authenticity. As we embark on the new year, let us celebrate this resilience and draw strength from the shared experiences that have forged an unbreakable bond among us.
 

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The power of visibility cannot be overstated. Each story, each triumph, and each step towards self-acceptance adds a layer to the rich tapestry of the LGBTQ narrative. In the new year, let us continue to share our stories, amplifying diverse voices and experiences to create a mosaic of understanding that transcends boundaries. By doing so, we contribute to a world that is not only tolerant but one that embraces and celebrates the beautiful spectrum of human identity.

Educational institutions, workplaces, and communities are increasingly recognizing the importance of fostering inclusivity. In the new year, let us champion policies that promote equality, challenge stereotypes, and create safe spaces for everyone to express their authentic selves. By working collectively to dismantle discriminatory practices, we pave the way for a more equitable society where love knows no boundaries.

 

The support and allyship of friends, family, and the broader community have been instrumental in propelling the LGBTQ movement forward. Let us express gratitude for those who have stood by us, and in the new year, let us continue to build bridges of understanding and empathy. Together, we can forge a world where acceptance is the norm, and diversity is not just tolerated but celebrated.

As we stand at the cusp of a new year, let optimism be our guiding light. The road ahead may hold challenges, but it also holds the promise of progress, acceptance, and love. Let us enter the new year with hope in our hearts, knowing that by standing united, the LGBTQ community can continue to shape a future that is brighter, more inclusive, and filled with the boundless possibilities of authentic living.

 

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