For our column Jams We Love, we're turning you onto the songs that keep us going every day. In celebration of this weekend's upcoming Pride craziness, we present to you a very LGBT-centric playlist. Our savvy pals at Rdio.com put together some of the biggest gay moments of the year in their Year in Queer playlist.
Frank Ocean comes out on Tumblr in poetic fashion: “Most of the day I’d see him and his smile. I’d hear his conversation and his silence…until it was time to sleep. Sleep I would often share with him.”
Lesbian twins Tegan and Sara hit it big this year with Heartthrob.
Sara Bareilles, inspired by her friend’s struggle, urge those coming out to be “Brave.”
Against Me! lead singer Laura Jane Grace announces she is transgender.
Folk singer Jenny Owen Youngs comes out on the blog Everyone is Gay: “I think it is damaging and isolating for young people to look out into the world and not see a representation of their experience. To encounter others who are like you is to know that you are not alone.”
Elton John and partner David Furnish welcome baby Elijah, the couple’s second son, into the world.
During the presidential election, Kelly Clarkson announces that she won’t be voting for Mitt Romney because of his stance against marriage equality.
Out artist Adam Lambert hits #1 with his album, Trespassing.
Gender-bending rapper Mykki Blanco rises to hip hop prominence with the video for “Wavvy.”
The Lonely Island, James Franco, and Zach Galifianakis release a satirical mashup of alpha-bro spring break partying and support for marriage equality in their music video for “Spring Break Anthem.”
Beyonce comes out in support of marriage equality by Instagramming a handwritten message: “If you like it, you should be able to put a ring on it. #WeWillUnite4MarriageEquality!”
Madonna is banned from Russia for publicly supporting gay rights on her MDNA world tour in Moscow and St. Petersburg.