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The Tops & Bottoms of 2010 (December 30, 2010)
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The Year in Gay History: 2010

 2010

 

Feb. 3, 2010 - On Ugly Betty villainess Wihelmina (played by Vanessa Williams) is furious to discover she has a drag impersonator.  RuPaul makes a guest appearance.   

Feb. 11, 2010 - Acclaimed British fashion designer Alexander McQueen commits suicide at the age of 40.

Feb. 12, 2010 - The movie Valentine's Day, which opens this weekend, features a largely downplayed gay subplot about a closeted NFL star (played by Eric Dane of Grey's Anatomy) and his frustrated boyfriend (Bradley Cooper).

 

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Feb. 18, 2010 - The U.S.'s Evan Lysacek wins the gold medal in Men's Figure Skating at the Vancouver Olympics.  Johnny Weir finishes sixth.

March 4, 2010 - The first same-sex marriages are performed in Mexico City after they were made legal on December 29, 2009.

May 27, 2010 - The second Sex & the City movie opens and moviegoers are subjected to a cringe-worthy performance of Single Ladies by Liza Minnelli at the wedding of Stanford and Anthony.

 

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June 5, 2010 - Elton John is paid $1 million to perform at homophobic right-wing gas bag Rush Limbaugh's fourth wedding.

June 5, 2010 - Portugal becomes the eighth nation where same sex marriage is legal.

July 15, 2010 - Argentina is the first South American country to legalize same sex marriage.

 

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Aug 9, 2010 - After having an on-board altercation with a passenger shortly after landing at JFK, a gay Jet Blue flight attendant has a meltdown and exits the plane, using one of its emergency slides.

Aug. 25, 2010 - Joe Miller, a gay philanthropist from Indianapolis, and owner of the company that produced the well-known line of Rush and Jungle Juice "poppers", commits suicide.  His age was uncertain, but he was thought to be around 60.

Sept. 20, 2010 - At a political rally in Portland, Maine Lady Gaga gives a fiery speech demanding the end of the US military's "Don't ask, don't tell" policy.

Sept 30, 2010 - Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi jumps to his death from the George Washington Bridge after his roommate shows a video of him online kissing a man in their dorm room.

 

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Oct. 17, 2010 - The Liberace Museum in Las Vegas closes after 31 years.

Nov. 9, 2010 - On tonight's episode of Glee, Kurt (played by Chris Colfer) confronts a football player who's been bullying him, and in the heat of the confrontation the jock gives Kurt a passionate kiss.  In the same episode Kurt meets Blaine.

Dec. 7, 2010 - Kurt and Blaine sing a saucy duet of Baby It's Cold Outside in a Christmas-themed episode of Glee.

Dec. 18, 2010 - Congress votes to repeal the US military's "Don't ask, don't tell" policy.

 

(To read about LGBT pop culture and history from other years double click here.)

 

 

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