LOOKING BACK

Prison Sex, Nude Selfies, Science, and Scandals: Queerty’s Greatest Hits Of 2014

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It’s been a damn crazy year filled with all sorts of ups and downs, and nothing demonstrates this better than some of our most popular stories of the year.

Looking back at our biggest hits of 2014, one thing is abundantly clear: The stories you folks liked the best and shared the most are as diverse and eclectic as your favorite Grindr members.

From prison sex to nude selfies, science experiments to scandals, 2014 has been one hell of a ride. We can hardly wait to see what 2015 has in store.

Scroll down to see Queerty’s Top 10 greatest hits of 2014…

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10. Students Embarrass Rick Perry With Explicit Questions About Gay Sex During College Visit

While speaking at Dartmouth College in November, students confronted Texas Governor Rick Perry with a series of explicit questions about homo sex, including: “In 2002, you supported Texas’s anti-sodomy law. Do you dislike booty sex because the peeny goes in where the poopy comes out?” and “I know you have been very strong on all foreign policy issues, including Somali pirates, but what is your stance on butt pirates?” The questions left Perry running for the stage door faster than you can say “Keep America Free.”

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9. Hunger For Touch: The Real Truth Behind Gay Sex In Prison May Shock You

We’ve all heard horrifying stories of men in prison getting gang raped in the shower room. But how often does it actually happen? What is gay sex really like in prison? In a captivating first-person essay titled A Gentleman’s Guide To Sex In Prison, writer and former 10-year inmate Daniel Genis broke it down for us in fascinating detail.

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8. Meet Kathryn Knott, The Violent Homophobe Who Beat A Gay Couple Unconscious

24-year-old Kathryn Knott earned herself a spot on the gays “Most Hated” list when she and two others were charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, and criminal conspiracy after beating up and subsequently hospitalizing a gay couple in Center City, Pennsylvania. She has since pled guilty to the charges and is awaiting trail.

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7. 12-Year-Old Transgender Boy Granted Historic New Birth Certificate

A 12-year-old transgender boy in Alberta, Canada was granted a new birth certificate officiating his status as male after a local judge struck down a law requiring a person to first have gender reassignment surgery before legally changing gender, saying the law violated the rights of transgender people.

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6. Kenny Brain’s Leaked Nudes Reveal A Rather Impressive Endowment

Big Brother Canada’s resident dreamboat Kenny Brain nearly broke the internet when nudie pics from his Grindr profile surfaced on the internet in April.

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5. Man Arrested After Jars and Jars Of Human Penises Discovered In His Apartment

A 52-year-old Croatian man nicknamed the “Penis Collector” was arrested on suspicion of possessing a collection of human penises soaking in formaldehyde. It’s unclear how the dude got his hands on so many human penises, though it is believed they were severed from the dead bodies of patients from a hospital where he worked as a nurse.

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4. Giant Billboard Reading “Nobody Is Born Gay” Pops Up In Richmond

A billboard funded by Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays that claimed “Identical twins: One gay. One not. We believe twin research studies show nobody is born gay” appeared alongside highway I-95 in Richmond, Virginia. But there was a little problem with the argument. The “twins” were actually just one guy photoshopped into two. He also happens to be an out and proud gay man. Do your research, folks!

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3. Dad Accidentally Discovers His Teenage Son Is Gay And Handles It Like A Real Man

Reddit user HeMeYou asked to borrow his 13-year-old son’s iPad and noticed a lot of old searches popping up along the lines of “I’m gay what now?” Before asking his son about it, he turned to Reddit to seek advice from others. Afterwards, he and his son and a heart-to-heart that still gets us a little misty-eyed.

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2. Bullied To Death: 12-Year-Old Male Cheerleader Commits Suicide Because Of Classmates

Earlier this month, 12-year-old Ronin Shimizu committed suicide after being bullied by classmates for being the only boy on his school’s cheerleading squad. His tragic story made national headlines and serves as a reminder why maintaining anti-bullying programs in schools is more important than ever.

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1. Science Confirms The Bigger The Belly The Better The Lover

Researchers at Erciyes University in Turkey announced the results of a study that examined the correlation between body mass index and male sexual performance. Their findings: Overweight men lasted an astounding five minutes — five minutes! — longer in the sack than their thinner brethren, proving that when it comes to sex, fat is the new thin.