Staff Writer Jax Gay
2017 brought us plenty of memorable moments, both good and bad. Below, we’ve compiled our most-read stories of the year. Hey, don’t blame us!
8. The CDC Admitted The Truth About HIV.
In September, for the first time ever, the CDC confirmed that HIV-positive people with undetectable viral loads can’t transmit the virus, something activists and scientists have been saying for years.
7. A Miami Drag Queen Slayed With A Two-Story Split.
Elishaly D’witshes stunned onlookers when she jumped off of a double-decker bus into a perfect split at Miami’s Palace Bar, which has since shuttered its doors.
6. Rupaul Revealed He Put A Ring On It
Ru rarely discusses his personal life publicly but, in a March interview with Hollywood Today Live, he revealed he had made it official with Georges LeBar, his partner of more than 20 years.
5. Russian Singer Swept Up In Chechnya’s Anti-Gay Purge
Russian singer Zelimkhan Bakaev disappeared earlier this year, abandoning contact with friends and family after arriving in Grozny. Activists on the ground believe he was picked up by authorities and was tortured to death, one of several fatalities stemming from the country’s homophobic witch hunt.
4. Trump Repealed Protections For LGBT Contractors
In March, Trump gutted Obama-era protections for LGBT federal contractors by nullifying an executive order that required companies to demonstrate compliance with legal protections.
“It’s sending a message to these companies that the federal government simply doesn’t care whether or not they violate the law,” said Lambda Legal’s Camilla Taylor.
3. A Republican Blocked Texas’ Bathroom Bill.
Even Republican House Speaker Joe Straus opposed the bathroom bill forced on the Texas legislature by Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick. Straus blocked the “Texas Privacy Act,” in the house, saying he was “disgusted” by the bill.
“Tell the lieutenant governor I don’t want the suicide of a single Texan on my hands.”
2. Twitter User Outs Charlottesville Racists.
Twitter user @YesYoureRacist lead the charge to name and shame white supremacists who attended August’s “Unite the Right” march in Charlottesville.
Cole White, the first attendee exposed, was fired from his job at a hot dog restaurant in Berkeley, California.
1. The U.S. Voted Against A Ban On The Death Penalty For Homosexuality.
At a U.N. gathering in October, 13 countries voted against a call to ban capital punishment for a variety of offenses—including homosexuality. While most who voted nay were from African and Arab countries, they were joined by U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley.
Regardless of America’s surprising vote, the resolution still passed.