Several time a year, a story takes off and instantaneously connects with our readership, inspiring a seemingly endless outpouring of commentary, and making the rounds for days or sometimes even weeks at a time.
While it’s often abundantly clear why a story managed to captivate your attention — the fact that you enjoyed “U.S. Supreme Court Rules For Nationwide Marriage Equality,” for example, wasn’t exactly a shocker — on other occasions, we’ll be pleasantly surprised to find a story takes on a surprisingly life of its own. (The story of how one family decided to deal with homophobic graffiti, for example.)
Below, here are ten of the most-read stories from the last twelve months.
Monday, September 28, 2015 — Four Michigan were arrested on felony charges after having sex with a teen boy they met at church on Grindr. The four accused met the boy independently, and the teen was only 15 at the time.
Monday, August 3, 2015 — Daniel Lennox-Choate and Larry Lennox-Choate were confronted by a homophobic man who began yelling anti-gay slurs before punching one of them in the face. After the 40-year-old man hit Daniel, his husband came to his defense…
Monday, March 2, 2015 — An Orange County, California attorney filed a proposed ballot measure with the California Attorney General’s office asking voters to criminalize homosexuality in the state and impose a death penalty sentence.
Friday, October 16, 2015 — Six members of Russian hate group Occupy pedophilia were jailed, receiving a measly three to six years in prison for unspeakable crimes. The group gained notoriety for posting videos online that featured the torture of gay teenagers, many of whom were later driven to suicide. Nine men were arrested in the Russian region of Ural in connection with the crimes.
Thursday, March 26, 2015 — Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff made good on a threat tweeted Wednesday evening, warning that the $4 billion company would “dramatically reduce” its investment in Indiana in response to a religious freedom law that critics say is a “license to discriminate” against LGBTQ individuals.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 — It was 2 o’clock in the morning. A bisexual teen, accompanied by her transgender friend, walked from the boardwalk where they were employed. There before them, scrawled in graffiti across her family’s garage were the words: “I’m Gay.” It was an attempt to harm the family, but that wasn’t going to happen. They decided to paint.
Friday, September 18, 2015 — #KissesForKim was a social media movement in which straight guys made out with each other, and then upload the pictures and videos to social media to show Kim Davis that same-sex love is okay. The movement was started by two men, who uploaded a video to YouTube.