From gay footballer Megan Rapinoe becoming a World Cup victor to The L Word’s highly anticipated revival finally landing on Showtime, 2019 was a damn good year for lesbians, bi women, and queer women.
ICYMI, here are NewNowNext’s favorite sapphic moments of the year, listed in no particular order because they all basically destroyed us.
Three words: Megan. Frickin’. Rapinoe.Gareth Cattermole - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images
Rapinoe, an out soccer star and co-captain of the 2019 United States Women’s National Team, led her fellow footballers to victory at this year’s World Cup. The purple-haired goddess also broke the internet with her winning trio of badass athletic skills, undeniable charisma, and unabashed advocacy for women and marginalized people in sports.
St. Vincent and Dua Lipa’s super-sultry Grammys duetGIPHY
February’s 61st annual Grammy Awards were jam-packed with queer moments, but we’re still reeling from these lovely ladies doing a sexy AF duet.
Lori Lightfoot, Chicago’s first black lesbian mayorJose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images
The Chicago-based politician made history in May, when she officially became the first black lesbian to helm the city’s government. She shared the moment with wife Amy Eshleman, who kissed her after Lightfoot’s historic swearing-in ceremony.
The world’s first… *checks notes* lesbian space criminal?SHAMIL ZHUMATOV/AFP via Getty Images
K-Stew and Kate McKinnon serving spot-on Tegan and Sara on SNL
The actresses made us feel both seen and roasted with this ace Saturday Night Live parody of indie rock’s reigning queer sister act, Tegan and Sara. Bonus: Kristen Stewart made Charlie’s Angels history as the first openly queer actress (and queer character!) to star in the action movie franchise.
Zendaya doing anything and everythingSean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images
You might be wondering, Wait, isn’t Zendaya straight? Sure, as far as we know, but the Disney Channel alum gets major props for playing a cis queer woman in a relationship with a trans queer woman in HBO’s hit drama Euphoria. She also gets points for this sleek suiting, which we have not stopped thinking about since we saw it, and which may or may not have been the background image on all of our iPhones for two months.
Tegan and Sara taking an angsty trip down memory laneBurak Cingi/Redferns
Cara Delevingne and Ashley Benson’s iconic sex benchGotham/GC Images
The confirmed celesbians invaded headlines and Twitter time lines when the paparazzi snapped a photo of them carrying a sex bench into their shared Los Angeles apartment. Love to see it!
Lena Waithe, unstoppable screenwriting queenANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images
Ruby Rose’s queer BatwomanGIPHY
The Bachelor franchise’s first same-sex proposalABC/John Fleenor
Bachelor Nation stans were over the moon when Bachelor in Paradise star Demi Burnett proposed to her GF Kristian Haggerty on screen. It was the first same-sex engagement to air on the popular reality TV series.
King Princess finally dropping an actual albumScott Kowalchyk/CBS via Getty Images