Top 10 Queer Moments of 2019 So Far

20BiTeen has been a pretty epic year so far, if you ask me. I know I’m a pretty cynical person a lot of the time, and the world is a dumpster fire, and yada yada, but you know what that means? It’s even more important to celebrate the little things in life.

TODAY, that means screaming about my top ten best queer moments of 2019 so far! And boy, we’ve had some great times. Ahh, Twitter never fails to deliver the goods when it comes to all the latest queer news. I knew all my time spent on that platform wasn’t completely wasted.

So without further ado, here are my top ten queer moments of 2019 so far!

10. The release of the much-anticipated Kindred anthology.

I’d been super excited until the release of Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories for SO LONG, and finally, it’s out in the wild! It was aptly released during Pride Month, and it just makes me so happy that so many teens will be able to get this book from their local bookshop or their library and be able to open it up and see themselves in it. I utterly adored all the short stories by some of Australia’s best writers, and if you haven’t had the chance to read it yet, I highly recommend picking up a copy.

9. Season Two of Killing Eve aired, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge won three Emmys.

Holy heck, this season was a rollercoaster. And I could NOT be more excited to hear the news that there’s a third season coming out way! Ahh, we stan a bisexual criminal. Not only is Killing Eve one of the best shows on air (and on a steaming platform near you), it’s also got queer characters that you’d honestly take a bullet for. I’d honestly let Villanelle kill me if that meant I’d get the chance to be near her. And recently the writer of Killing Eve, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, won three Emmys! YAS QUEEN!

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8. Lady Gaga, our bicon, winning an Oscar.

In the sha-aa-aaa-aaa-lows. Now that song will be stuck in your head for the rest of the day. You’re welcome. But seriously, if you didn’t go and see A Star is Born and if you didn’t love it… HAVE YOU NO SOUL?! Just kidding. Kinda. But honestly, Lady Gaga’s performance in that film was a freaking masterpiece, and she 100% deserved that Oscar for best song. Plus, seeing those photos of her at Pride? Ugh, I freaking love her.

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7. The beautiful gay masterpiece that is Rocketman.

Yes, I saw Rocketman MULTIPLE times in the cinema, and yes, I loved every single moment of it. I hadn’t really listened to Elton John’s music before seeing it, but I mean, most of us have those songs preprogrammed into our brains. (And I didn’t know he was gay! Whoops!) I absolutely loved this film, and I learnt so much about this incredible musician. If you haven’t taken the time to watch it yet—DO IT. It’s wonderful. Just be warned: you’ll need some tissues on hand. 

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6. Will Kostakis’s gay Harry Potter fanfic at the Melbourne Writers Festival.

We all love a bit of queer Harry Potter fanfic, don’t we? I’m so guilty of reading Drarry fics at 2 in the morning all throughout high school… and university… and maybe I have one up right now… BUT I’M NOT GOING TO APOLOGISE. Will Kostakis was right—if there’s not rep in something, we have to create it ourselves. So Will Kostakis tapped into the universal love of Harry Potter fanfic and wrote something for one for the panels at MWF, aptly named “YA’ll Are Thirsty”. And holy heck, it was freaking incredible. If you want to read it, you can check it out here! DO IT.

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5. Baz and Simon in Wayward Son.

OH MY GOD. MY HEART. I just finished this spectacular novel a couple of days ago, and I’m still emotional. What a rollercoaster of a novel. If you haven’t read Carry On yet, I’m not going to spoil it for you… but honestly, what have you been waiting for? It’s one of the most fun novels I’ve ever read, and both that and the second novel, Wayward Son, have had me laughing out loud while reading. Plus, it’s about magic and vampires and there may or may not be gay kissing scenes. You’re welcome.

4. Kristen Stewart and Stella Maxwell kissed on a yacht.

YOU KNOW THE PICTURES. And if you haven’t been on social media for the last few months for whatever reason… I don’t know what to say to you. You’re clearly far more productive than I am. But seriously, I always knew I had a right to have a crush on Bella in the Twilight films. Who cares about choosing Jacob or Edward, I’ll date you, Bella! Seeing those pictures of her kissing Stella Maxwell (on a freaking YACHT of all places—#goals) honestly made my little queer heart flutter. Why, oh why do we have to live on different continents?

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3. Tessa Thompson and Brie Larson went viral for comments about lesbians.

Again, if you didn’t see this on Twitter, you’ve MISSED OUT. Basically, Brie said “How do I top lesbians?” and then Tessa was like “I’m sure the lesbians could show you” and then they BROKE THE INTERNET. My two favourite people in the same room together talking about lesbians? Ahh, someone hold me. I’m seriously so excited to see them in ALL THE MOVIES together in future. I just… I can’t even. This makes me so happy. Everyone say THANK YOU, 2019.

2. The release of the New York Times Bestselling novel, Red, White and Royal Blue.

Oh my GOD. This book, you guys! If you haven’t read it yet, you need to get your ass in check and sort your life out. Seriously. It should be a crime if you don’t have a copy of this gorgeous, queer novel on your shelves. I knew this book was super hyped before I read it, but don’t let that put you off it if you haven’t read it yet. It’s honestly one of the best books I’ve read all year, if not of all time. And that cover?! Ugh IT’S TOO CUTE. If you need your fix of fictional queer celebrities and want to escape the hellfire of our world for a few hours, pick up this novel. 

1. I met my gay icon, Queen Victoria Schwab.

Okay, technically this isn’t a moment that happened to all of us, but it was ONE OF THE BEST MOMENTS OF MY LIFE. IT’S ON THE LIST, OKAY?! Okay. So basically… I met my queen. I saw her at Supanova in Melbourne and got her to deface a couple of my books, and then we had a photo together, and then we went back to Edinburgh… okay, the last one didn’t really happen. But just meeting her for the first time, even being in the same room as her for the first time, made me super emotional. If she’s ever looking for someone who can hate on earl grey tea with her or go to the park in search of petting cute dogs, she knows who to call. I’ll be waiting by the phone.

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What have been some of your favourite queer moments of 2019 so far? Do you remember many of these events? Which queer books have you swooned over the most this year? I’d love to know!

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