The top LGBTQ images from the web 2014
As this amazing year comes to a close, the LGBTQ community in the US and around the world had a lot to celebrate and decry, but the internet, and the images which landed on so many of our Facebook walls, proved to be the great equalizer.
Here’s a look at some of the most impactful LGBTQ images from the internet in 2014. Some tell stories, others reminded us of how far we’ve come, but they show sexual minorities are here and proud of it.
OkayCupid asks users to ditch Mozilla -
image via reddit user ts87654
The online dating service OkayCupid might be lagging in techincl specs compared to Grindr or Tindr, but they’ve been around a while and their support for LGBTQ folks in undenieable.
After it was discovered in April of this year that the web browser Mozilla was run by Brendan Eich, a man who donated funds to fight Prop 8, California’s ban on same-sex marriage, the internet exploded.
The CEO was in the hot seat as activists and average computer users banded together to call out his stance against marriage equality. It wasn’t long before Eich stepped down, but this screen grab from OkayCupid’s front page, which asked it’s users to stop using the Mozilla as long as he was in power, was a huge reminder of how important LGBTQ issues are.
“Politics is normally not the business of a website, and we all know there’s a lot more wrong with the world than misguided CEOs,” read the message. “We’ve donated the last 10 years to bringing people – all people – together. If individuals like Mr. Eich had their way, then roughly 8% of the relationships we’ve worked so hard to bring about would be illegal. Equality for gay relationships is personally importatn to many of us here at OKCupid, but it’s professionally important to the entire company. OkCupid os for creating love.”
Mom’s reaction to trans son is best ever
image via reddit u/J0be
2014 might be remembered as the year trans coming out stories hit many of our front pages, and this post on Facebook by one mom reminded us how awesome some parents can be.
“For about 18 1/2 years we thought he was a girl, who just happened to like bugs, tattoos, flames, skills, snakes, lizards, etc…” read the post, put up back in May. “Then one day (blank) explained to us that he never felt like he was supposed to be a girl.”
Maybe because it’s the reaction so many trans folks hope to receive from their parents, or maybe it was a story many of us hoped to relate to – either way, this coming out post was part of a year when the T in LGBTQ was moved to the front page.
Let them eat gay marriage cake
Marriage equality came to most of the US late this year, but the fight for it, and the meme’s which existed supporting it, have been around for much longer either way, this joke from Ahmed Bharoocha on Comedy Central’s Adam Devine’s House Party really resinated with people.
It’s pretty easy to understand why – everyone loves cake, so why can’t we all get behind equal marriage? Check out the full clip below:
Michael Sam kisses his boyfriend after being drafted by the Rams
image via reddit user cazer78
Back in May, Michael Sam became the first openly gay football player to be drafted by a NFL team, and like so many young players before him, Sam kissed his significant other when his pick was announced.
This seemingly-normal event for so many LGBTQ folks sent a shock wave through the world of professional athletics. Sam’s actual year in football was less exciting, he was sidelined most of the season and eventually traded to the Cowboys, but the impacts he made as the first openly gay player were huge.
A 7-year-old reacts to Sam’s draft
image via reddit user ChopstickAKAJames
Sam’s legacy will be remembered for those who were alive and aware when it happened, but it’s the younger folks of the world who will really look back at the struggles faced by the LGBTQ community and wonder why. As noted by this 7-year-old, things like sexuality don’t really matter in how people perform at their jobs.
I like my men how I like my coffee
Via reddit user Icraveplants
T-shirt slogans might be the twitter of years past, but nothing gets a message across like a well written, clearly defined, and funny t-shirt.
Bisexuals are not confused!
image via reddit user missparanormalcy
Another social network which should be given tons of credit supporting the LGBTQ movement in 2014 is Tumblr. A site which dominates the ‘millennial market,’ Tumblr has become an outlet for activists and slacktavists alike.
It’s not hard to find coming out stories, inside jokes for LGBTQ folks, or awesome fan fiction on the site which has over 200 million individual blogs and boats its user demographic at 60% 15-30 year-olds.
With the number of positive LGBTQ messages, it’s no doubt those under the age of 18, and the next few generations, will be much more accepting of LGBTQ issues as sites like Tumblr provide regular outlets for the subject to be discussed.
How to turn your son gay
It might be what the far right actually thinks happens when their offspring witness the happy coupling of two people of the same sex, but it’s as far from the truth as imaginable. Either way, Zach MS over at Extra Fabulous Comics might have helped some folks realize how silly the argument against LGBTQ folks embracing in public really is.
What happens when you legislate sexuality
This demonstration at a “Day of Silence” gathering at the World’s Fair Park Amphitheater in Knoxville, TN. Every year, the event is held to commemorate the brutal murder of Unitarian Universalists teens who were murdered during a play performance by a man hoping to kill ‘liberals.’
Two were murdered and 7 wounded when Jim David Adkisson fired a shotgun toward the stage back in 2008.
Here in Virginia, there are a few images we’re pretty proud of, but may not have made the Front Page of the Internet, but we’ll get to those when we do our GayRVA year in Review tomorrow.
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