The New Year is finally upon us, and all we can say is THANK. GOD. 2018 was loooooong AF. With the ever-so-bright 2019 now on our doorway, PRIDE would like to offer some New Year's resolutions for all the queer people out there!
While we may not be able to change the entire world in 2019, we can sure as hell change ourselves. So here are 14 queer New Year's resolutions for you!
We’re not going to tell you to get off all hook-up apps for good, because let’s be real for a second. How many times have you promised yourself you’re never going to redownload Grindr? And how long did that promise last? A month? Week? 24 hours? That’s what I thought. So let’s be realistic here. Instead of saying no Grindr forever, let’s instead make our New Year's resolution to spend less time on it.
What happened at Stonewall? Do you know? (Do you think people died there like Derrick Barry thought?) If I asked you who Marsha P. Johnson is, could you answer? (You should be able to. There was a huge Netflix documentary about her that came out recently.) Where does voguing come from? Go ahead and go down a Wikipedia hole and learn your queer herstory!
Some of us, of course, have done a better job than others. Some of us have been protesting nonstop, signing petitions, and making calls. We've been resisting since day one and haven’t stopped. Some of us simply retweet a piece about Trump’s most recent assault on humanity and call it a day. If you can, do more. Resist harder.
The "Your Top Songs 2018" playlist that Spotify created for me taught me something crucial: I need to diversify my music. Pop divas like longtime LGBT ally and icon Ariana Grande are great, but there’s a whole new world of music out there (beyond the divas) that is just waiting to be explored.
Yes you’re on PrEP, and that’s awesome! But did you know you can still get other STIs while on PrEP? It’s always good to wear a condom. On PrEP and abhor condoms? That’s fine too. Just get tested regularly and be honest about your sexual activities and risk with your partners.
Everyone is a drag critic. This is in large part due to the popularity of RuPaul’s Drag Race. I’m not going to say you can’t critique drag unless you’ve done it. I’m not a painter, but I feel like I’m allowed to critique art. I’m allowed to say what I like and don’t like. That said, go get yourself in drag. Put on the six-inch heels. Block your brows. Tape a wig to your head. Lip-sync for your life. You will realize it’s a hell of a lot harder than you think it is. These queens are just so good they make it look easy.
Unless you are getting paid to post things on Instagram or it’s your damn job, take a chill pill. I’m not saying you can’t snap a photo of yourself or the party you’re at. Go for it. Have fun. But don’t spend six hours taking photos while your friend awkwardly waits besides you. They’re hanging out with you to actually hang out with you—not to watch you take photos of yourself.