10 fun and gripping LGBTQ + viral moments from the year called "20gayteen"

adminDecember 27, 2018

Lexie Nobrega and her grandmother, who went viral to stroke her Pride flag (Lexie Nobrega / PA)
Lexie Nobrega and her grandmother, who went viral to stroke her Pride flag (Lexie Nobrega / PA)

For people in the LGBTQ + community, this year held many moments to be proud of, from the development of human rights, to community members who flourish, to new celebrity role models.

In fact, due to the ongoing development of LGBTQ + acceptance and celebration, the year was given a brand new nickname of social media users – "20gayteen".

The nickname, a rifle in 2018, is a term coin by pop singer Hayley Kiyoko, who has been called "Lesbian Jesus" by fans.

The term took off and has been adopted by social media users to celebrate the best moments of LGBTQ + Progression and Pride.

Of course, there is no room for all the wonderful moments that occurred over the year, but here are 10 of 2018's best LGBTQ + viral spots, including benign, fun memes and faithful messages of hope.

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1. Meme itself, # 20GAYTEEN, got the year a brilliant start.

LGBTQ + memes began early in the year, beginning with 20GAYTEEN.

After Hayley Kiyoko tweeted: "I can't wait to wake up in # 20GAYTEEN" on New Year's Eve 2017, social media users had a field day with it themselves, giving a great start to the New Year.

2. The release of Netflix's Queer Eye brought joy to everyone's hearts.

Queer Eye's Fab Five joined Netflix in February this year, helping people regain their confidence and get their lives on track in Georgia, USA. The show was a snap, and was renewed for a second series that premiered in June.

People even poked fun on themselves in a meme, and suggested which advice Fab Five would give them if they were on the show.

Everyone needs series three immediately.

3. Janelle Mona's hymn PYNK was released.

Pynk is a song recorded by American singer Janelle Monae, and it has been promised as an anthem to give text and video, which has her in a rather eye-catching pair of "vagina pants".

Monae herself came out publicly as a panxual this year, and many of her latest songs play on topics of empowerment, self-love and the female body.

LGBTQ + women loved the song and video on social media, which has been nominated for several "best single of 2018" awards.

4. Paud's pins were found a new home after being found on a loft.

Gavin McGregor helped a friend clear her loft in South London when they found LGBTQ + brochures, comics, a book manuscript and a set of 130 pin tags from the 1980s.

After some discovery work, McGregor discovered that the collection belonged to Paud Hegarty, who managed Gays The Bookshop in Bloomsbury in the 1980s and 90s before his death in 45 years from an AIDS-related disease.

He came in contact with the current leadership of the Gays Word to tell them what had been found.

After talking to boss Jim McSweeney and associate Uli, he decided to donate the collection to the bookstore, where the tabs are currently displayed.

Twitter page Paud's pins was created to provide updates to the collection that stays on Gay is the word bookstore in London.

5. Pride parades came around and this act of kindness stood out.

Pride parades took place around the world this summer, which proved fun and confirmed to many in society.

A special act went specifically, with Grandma of Lexie Nobrega, a student from Virginia, who stripped her flag before the event.

The heartwarming gesture reached over 33,000 retweets, and many people were touched by it.

Nobrega continued to visit Capital Pride in Washington DC when her flag looked its best.

6. Activists found a way to have a Pride flag for the World Cup in Russia.

Six activists with colored football shirts traveled to Russia during the World Cup to produce a rainbow flag, despite the country banning "non-traditional sexual relations" during the 18s.

These rules were relaxed for tourists in Russia during the event, but many protested the country's attitude towards LGBTQ + people to a greater extent.

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The Hidden Flag project was organized by the Federation (FELGTB), Spain's largest organization for LGBTQ + rights, which sent people into shirts from Spain, Holland, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Colombia to Russia to recreate the Pride flag.

The organization warned LGBTQ + fans who visited Russia for not participating in political protests, as well as avoiding public shows of love, which the six participating activists took into account before they arrived.

7. Banned Kenyan lesbian romance film Rafiki received international recognition.

Rafiki, a lesbian love story directed by Wanuri Kahiu, was banned in Kenya, her country of origin, to promote homosexuality.

The critically acclaimed film was still featured in several places, including London and the Cannes Film Festival, and received worldwide praise.

Kenya's Supreme Court overturned the government's ban on the film for seven days so it could be sent to the Academy Awards Consideration.

Rafiki was not selected as Kenya's submission in the Foreign Language Film category, but while the ban was lifted, the film was shown to a sold-out audience at a cinema in Nairobi.

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The film follows a forbidden romance between two young women, Kena and Ziki, who find love among family and political pressure.

8. A historical gender of the same sex took place on New York's annual Thanksgiving parade.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City presented a sex of the same sex on live TV during a performance by Build a Prom from the new Broadway musical The Prom.

The kiss, one of the first same sex scenes in the parade, was sent by NBC to an estimated 50 million people.

The Prom is about an LGBTQ + teenager in Indiana whose high school exam is canceled after the government has found she wants to bring her girlfriend to the event.

The couple got some setback for the Thanksgiving kiss, but overall the reception was positive and accepted.

9. Transfolk announced that they would not be erased in adversity of adversity.

In October, an unpaid US Department of Health and Human Services note announced tightening of the legal definition of sex, except transgender and non-binary persons.

It says in my opinion: "Gender listed on a person's birth certificate, which originally issued, shall constitute a definitive proof of a person's gender, unless it is rejected by reliable genetic evidence."

Trans people took to Twitter using hashtag #WontBeErased to stand up for their rights and identity.

The online use of the hashtag was linked to offline protests in the United States, which opposed the legislation that could affect the estimated 1.4 million Americans who identify as another sex to what they were assigned.

10. Finally, there was a "rainbow wave" in the US as a record number of LGBTQ + politicians was chosen.

The US midway elections made history with a record number of various candidates elected to the House of Representatives, including Muslim, Black, Native and LGBTQ + politicians.

Due to the number of winnings from LGBTQ + candidates, some Twitter users reported the choice at night as a "rainbow wave".

Among other things, Kansas Democrat Sharice Davids became the first gay Native American woman to serve at Congress, while Colorado's Jared Police became the country's first openly gay elected governor.

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