A kiss is still a kiss—but what a kiss it was! When a female naval officer smooched her fiancee during a military homecoming ritual, it indelibly marked the true and final end to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” The victories of the past year seemed to come fast and furious: New York finally legalizing same-sex marriage along with Maryland and Washington State; Chaz Bono busting a move as Dancing with the Stars’ first transgender contestant; the snowballing Occupy Wall Street movement demanding justice for the hardworking 99 percent. Even great tragedy, and the still-raw memories of America’s worst terrorist attack, failed to slow the rekindling of our optimism. (And if you want more proof, see GO’s landmark Tenth Anniversary issue this September!)
GO’S PRIDE KICKOFF WITH THE REAL L WORD
In June, GO kicked off Pride in New York City with a massive party hosted by the stars of The Real L Word at District 36 nightclub. The hundreds of party people included the reigning queens of the after-dark scene, who eagerly awaited the nominations for the 5th Annual Readers’ Choice Nightlife Awards—a.k.a. the Oscars of Lesbian Nightlife. Our favorite naughty Angelenos—Tracy, Francine, Romi, Whitney, Claire and Sara—announced the lucky ladies vying for the coveted GO statuettes.