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7 Things We’re Thankful For This Thanksgiving

Because we're #blessed.

It’s Thanksgiving, the day we gather with family and friends to celebrate all that we’re grateful for. A day that we share the harvest and feast.

When asked what they’re thankful for, most people will quickly respond, “My health, my family, my friends.” But 2015 has been a hell of a year, so this requires a little bit more thought.

Here are the 7 reasons we are truly thankful this year.

  1. Binge-watching

    Sometimes you just need to watch six hours of 30 Rock to get out of a funk. What a day and age we live in to have access to virtually every episode of every show at our fingertips.

    In 2015, we all cuddled right into the couch and watched and watched and watched. Sick days are better, plane rides are a breeze, and Netflix has even improved our sex lives. (Also, shout-out to all of our moms for their HBO GO passwords. Grateful for you, too.)

  2. Marriage Equality

    It’s been a long time coming, but in 2015 same-sex couples achieved the freedom to marry in the U.S. of A. For that, we are thankful. Thankful that the dream of so many has finally been realized and for the work of activists that helped make this possible.

    And we’re also thankful so many continue to advance equality and freedom globally.

  3. Uber

    Whether you’re responsibly returning home from an epic night of debauchery, or avoiding a long, soul-sucking taxi line at the airport, Uber’s got your back. Thanks boo. Couldn’t do it without you.

    We know you’re going to kill us with surge pricing this Thanksgiving, but we’re still going to be so thankful for you when it’s time to GTFO of grandma’s house.

  4. Drag Queens

    Queens are always on the front lines—from Stonewall to the Facebook-name policy controversy; drag queens (and kings) are always there to lend a hand. Plus, we think they make great television.

    Thank your favorite local drag star by inviting them to dinner! Nothing turns Thanksgiving into a kiki like a queen.

  5. Kelly Ripa

    Hear us out: Much like Adele in the now-famous SNL sketch, Kelly Ripa is a powerful tool saving the holidays.

    When your mom asks, “Why are you still single? When are you getting married? When am I going to be a grandmother?” Just say, “Hey did you see Kelly Ripa the other day?” Situation defused. “Oh, I’ve loved her since All My Children…”

    You’ll thank us for this later.

  6. Increased LGBT Visibility In The Media

    We’ve come a long way, baby: This year, the media has offered a cornucopia of LGBT faces and stories, from the trans women of I Am Cait, to a serodicordant couple discussing PrEP on How To Get Away With Murder.

    And Moschino Barbie boy? C’mon! Game changer.

  7. Thirst Traps

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    The fact that we live in a world where male celebrities post shirtless pics and bulge shots is wonderful. That so many do it in full recognition of their gay fanbase is just magical.

    While we’re waiting for the turkey to finish cooking, we’ll be scrolling through Nico Tortorella’s Instagram feed with a glass of whiskey, trust.

    Sometimes you just have fall leap into a thirst trap and appreciate the little things in life. And sometimes the little things are big things.

Stay-at-home mom to two beautiful cats.