2013 was a fairly epic year for the LGBT community. June saw the end of DOMA and the repeal of Prop 8 in California, two huge steps towards equality for the gay community. Let's face it, both of these things are way more crucial and important than what someone on some stupid reality show said about gay people in some magazine interview, so I'd say 2013 was a win overall for the gays. Besides, that whole Duck Dynasty controversy really just helped us all finally delete some annoying people off our Facebook profiles for good. And when it comes to the moments when geek culture and gay culture collide, there were plenty of those in 2013 as well. Here are but nine of the most significant.
9. Gay of Thrones on Funny or Die
Games of Thrones on HBO was maybe the most talked-about show in 2013 this side of Breaking Bad. And it seems every website and YouTube channel had some kind of Monday morning re-cap thing going on the next day. But none were as awesome as Funny or Die's weekly Gay of Thrones feature, which featured flamingly gay Hollywood hairdresser Jonathan Van Ness chatting away with his customers about the previous night's episode of Game of Thrones. Van Ness was the actual hairstylist for one of Funny or Die's producers, and they decided to exaggerate their Game of Thrones conversations to comedic effect. Although I'm fairly sure the real Jonathan is well aware that Daenerys Targaryen isn't really Christina Aguilera
Was it stereotypical as hell? Well yes, but we all know or have known a queen like that somewhere. And I would seriously go to Jonathan to get my hair did if It meant we could gab about Game of Thrones the whole time, no matter how inaccurate he might be about what he just saw. And the episode where Jonathan talks to Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy) is priceless. I'm as excited as the next geek about season four of Game of Thrones, but I'm possibly excited slightly more for Gay of Thrones coming back. Where ARE my dragons, girl?
8. Andrew Garfield Said He Wouldn't Mind a Gay or Bi Spider-Man
And as long as that Spider-Man is you, Andrew, I can't say I'd mind it much either. Just sayin'. I've seen how you look in spandex.
So earlier this year, our new Spidey, Andrew Garfield, casually mentioned in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that he would think it were cool if his Spider-Man were bisexual or even gay, and maybe even making longtime love interest Mary Jane a guy this time. "I was kind of joking, but kind of not joking about MJ. And I was like, 'What if MJ is a dude?' Why can't we discover that Peter is exploring his sexuality? It's hardly even groundbreaking! So why can't he be gay? Why can't he be into boys?" And apparently, Andrew Garfield had an actor he'd like his Peter to bone, none other than Michael B. Jordan. "I've been obsessed with Michael B. Jordan since The Wire. He's so charismatic and talented. It'd be even better - we'd have interracial bisexuality!"
Of course, this will never happen in our lifetimes, not as long as Disney own Marvel or Sony owns the rights to Spidey, but that didn't stop intolerant fanboys everywhere from freaking out on the internet about it as if it were really going to happen, claiming that there is no way that Peter Parker could ever be into guys. Just no way. And to that, all I'll say is this; if Peter Parker is supposed to be 19 and living in New York, it would almost be crazier if he hadn't experimented at this point.
7. Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen and Elmo Take the Gayest Pic Ever and Post It on Twitter
Sir Ian McKellen is not only a geek icon for his roles of Gandalf and Magneto, but also an LGBT icon for being an out and proud actor and gay activist for years now. Also, his role as James Whale, the gay director of the original Bride of Frankenstein in the film Gods and Monsters should be required viewing to both straight and gay geeks alike. Netflix that puppy if you haven't seen it. His X-Men co-star Patrick Stewart isn't gay, but he played gay in the nineties movie Jeffrey, and he's very proper and British, so, ya know, he almost counts. Together with Elmo, a couple of bowler hats, a bright yellow tank top and that scarf, they took maybe the gayest geek related pic of 2013 and posted it on twitter. As for why Elmo is gay, well...just Google Elmo creator Kevin Clash. I'd rather not get into that whole hot mess here. Needless to say, Elmo likes the D, and he likes his D high school age.
6. Wonder Woman Takes on Sailor Moon in an Epic Vogue-Off
I have no idea if either of these two ladies are straight or gay, or even if one of them is even really a "lady" in the strictest sense of the word, but regardless, if I need to explain to you why Wonder Woman going against Sailor Moon in an epic vogue-off is a super-gay event, then maybe you should just be watching Duck Dynasty or Pawn Stars or something instead. I give up.
5. LGBT Geek Conventions Continue to Grow
2013 was the year that brought us not one, but TWO big LGBT geek conventions in the U.S. Bent-Con entered its fourth year in Los Angeles, getting bigger and better and making more of a name for itself. This year saw guests like author Christopher Rice, writer/artist Phil Jimenez, Jane Espenson and more attend. Also this year was the first Gaymer X Convention in San Francisco, a con for and by LGBT video game lovers. This first con was financed through a campaign on Kickstarter and was a success, and a second is already planned for July 2014. Both cons showed a greater presence for LGBT geeks, and created conventions that could be a safe space for us to talk about the nerdy stuff we love and hold hands without being worried about possibly harmful repercussions.