#20GayTeen: 9 Most Lesbionic Moments of the Year

NewNowNext's resident bisexual babe recounts some of her fave sapphic moments of 2018.

There are a lot of things I love about my work here at Logo and NewNowNext. For one thing, I get to barrage my coworkers with Slack messages about my undying love of “Lesbian Jesus” Hayley Kiyoko and how iced coffee is gay culture, and nobody bats an eye. For another, I get to wax poetic about gay stuff for a living, which, if we’re being totally honest, still feels too good to be true.

This year, my editors have entrusted me with delivering the greatest and gayest lesbionic moments of 2018 straight to your doorstep mobile device. Buckle up, girls, gays, and girl gays: We’re going on a lady-loving journey.

  1. Cynthia Nixon: Gubernatorial candidate, “unqualified lesbian”

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    Sure, Cynthia Nixon didn’t actually win her bid for governor of New York in the 2018 midterm elections, but that doesn’t mean her campaign wasn’t filled with queer moments galore. One of the best was when fellow out politician Christine Quinn called Nixon out for her actor past, deeming her an “unqualified lesbian.”

    Nixon didn’t miss a beat; she promptly monetized the moniker, creating “Unqualified Lesbian” buttons to fund her campaign. I mean…come on!

  2. Janelle Monáe’s “Pynk” music vid

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    “’Cause boy, it’s cool if you got blue / We got the pynk…” Was this Dirty Computer single actually an ode to Tessa Thompson’s pussy? Definitely. It’s likely. Either way, we’re still obsessed with the super sapphic music video. Janelle, do tell, where can I get those pussy pants?

  3. Lena Waithe’s Met Gala getup

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    This year’s Met Gala outfits were off-the-charts amazing, but in my eyes, out actor-director Lena Waithe definitely won best dressed. The rainbow cape. Gurl.

  4. The Steven Universe lesbian proposal scene

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    This popular Cartoon Network series has been heralded as inclusive since its premiere in 2013. This year, though, Steven Universe truly changed the game for LGBTQ representation in children’s television: In an episode from July, Ruby, a woman, proposes to Sapphire, another female character. Cue the gay tears!

  5. Hayley Kiyoko’s VMA win

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    Pop star Hayley Kiyoko, the queen of #20GayTeen herself, took home a Moon Person for Push Artist of the Year at the 2018 MTV VMAs. It was quite the year for Lesbian Jesus: Her debut studio album, Expectations, dropped in March, and she’s been touring since April.

    Kiyoko got emotional during her acceptance speech: “This validates any queer woman of color, that you can follow your dreams,” she said. “And I love my fans. My fans gave this to us. We did it, 20GayTeen!”

  6. When Rafiki prevailed in Kenya

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    Earlier this year, prospects for Kenyan lesbian flick Rafiki didn’t look so good: The film’s queer storyline got it banned in its home country, and director Wanuri Kahiu had to file a lawsuit against the Kenyan government so it could screen in time for international Oscars consideration. The lawsuit was successful, and though it only screened in Kenya from September 23–29, Rafiki became the second highest grossing Kenyan film of all time. So, like, don’t discount the gays. We love to see our lives and our communities on the big screen.

  7. Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette stand-up special

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    Remember when out comedian Hannah Gadsby singlehandedly made Netflix comedy specials gay again? ’Cause I do. And I’m still not over it. Her Netflix show, Nanette, fucking ended me, and I mean that in the gayest, most endearing way possible.

  8. The Thanksgiving kiss that broke the internet

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    After more than 90 years, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade featured its first same-sex kiss when The Prom actresses Caitlin Kinnunen and Isabelle McCalla locked lips during a performance. It generated some controversy—and plenty of buzz for the super queer-friendly Broadway show. It also made me cry happy tears in the kitchen on Thanksgiving morning with my dad. But, shhh. You didn’t hear that.

  9. THAT King Princess bop

    “Your pussy is God and I love it / Gonna kiss me real hard, make me want it…” Janelle Monáe walked so King Princess could run, ladies. Bow down.

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