Pouring over a year’s worth of stories, there’s plenty to get discouraged over. Homophobia, discrimination and persecution remain steady themes in LGBT media. But there’s also so much to feel good about!
These are the stories we love to share, about people we’re overwhelmingly proud to call our brothers, sisters, friends or allies.
And 2014 was a great year for people doing incredible things.
Here are our top ten picks:
A preacher visited campus to condemn sinful acts like homosexuality, drinking and listening to ungodly music — you know, college. It’s how students reacted that really got us.
File this under d’awww: A 9-year-old girl handwrote her teacher this letter after he came out during a class lesson on homophobia, and it’s safe to say she aced this one.
Alex can’t be more than eight years old, but he seems armed with all the confidence in the world as he raps his story of coming out as transgender.
This queen has Drag Race season 18 written all over her.
In a landmark year for transgender visibility in the media, Jazz Jennings stands out for how much she’s already accomplished.
This just screams feel-good tearjerker, and even comes complete with a Taylor Swift soundtrack. How very now.
Vivian Boyack and Alice “Nonie” Dubes shared their first kiss in Yule, Iowa. The year was 1942.
Luckily, there are dads like this one out there in the world.
We love when logic prevails, and we love it even more when someone as adorable is this makes it happen.
Asti now wants to win her case, not just for the money owed her, but for “the act of humanity which is necessary here.”