John M. Becker

Top Ten Most Popular Bilerico Posts of 2013

Filed By John M. Becker | January 05, 2014 8:00 PM | comments

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Tags: 2013, top 10 list, top ten list, year in review

This week, as we said goodbye to 2013 and hello to 2014, I reflected on what a great year 2013 was at The Bilerico Project. Reader engagement is up, traffic surged, and Bilerico staff and contributors covered events and drove the conversation in what was very likely the most explosive year in the history of the modern LGBT civil rights movement.

Because I'm a trivia/statistics nerd, I started to wonder which Bilerico posts were the most popular with readers over the past twelve months. So I looked up the stats on Google Analytics -- and what I found surprised me! It may surprise you, too.

But first, before I go through the list of the top ten Bilerico posts of 2013, I need to give an honorable mention shout-out to two pieces that, although they weren't written in 2013, nevertheless drove a ton of traffic to the site this year: Bil Browning's "Why You Shouldn't Donate to the Salvation Army Bell Ringers," and James Holmes's "More Than One Reason Not to Eat at Jimmy John's." If you aren't already familiar with these classic posts, check 'em out!

Now, without further ado, the top ten most popular Bilerico posts of 2013:

10.) Did Cheyenne Jackson Make a Jack Off Video?

cheyenne_jackson_jack_off_screenshot.jpgAt first glance, this entry seems an unlikely candidate for a Top Ten list, with only 30 shares on Facebook as of this writing. But the numbers don't lie: they may not have been posting it to Facebook, but this piece brought thousands and thousands of people to our site in 2013.

9.) Jackie Chan Comes Out of the Closet

Bilerico founder and editor-in-chief Bil Browning posted this charming little video of martial arts legend Jackie Chan coming out as a supporter of LGBT equality... and y'all liked it very, very much.

8.) Terminally Ill OH Man Marries Husband at MD Airport

This post tells the incredibly moving story of John Arthur and Jim Obergefell, an Ohio couple who were together for more than 20 years and sought to marry last summer after the Supreme Court struck down the heart of the Defense of Marriage Act. Ohio is a non-marriage equality state and Arthur was bedridden with a debilitating terminal disease, but his hospice care facility and the couple's family and friends raised money to fly the couple to Maryland, where they were legally married on the runway at Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

Arthur died just three months later.

Click here to check out John and Jim's story, which touched hearts across the country and around the world. Fair warning, though: you will probably cry like a baby. I know I did.

7.) How to Cat Call Appropriately

Bil has an uncanny talent for finding nuggets of awesomeness buried across the Internet. If you've ever wondered whether it's possible to cat-call without being a sexist jerk, click here and wonder no more.

6.) Russian Skinheads Entrapping, Torturing LGBT Teens

Moving from the hilarious to the horrifying, #6 on our list is a harrowing report about vigilante gangs of Russian nationalists and skinheads that are making life hell for that country's LGBT community.

Taking their cue from Vladimir Putin's government, which is cracking down on the basic rights and freedoms of LGBT people, these thugs create fake social network profiles and bogus online personal ads, tricking the men (mostly teens) who respond into showing up for a date. Then they torture them. Publicly.

And the police often simply let it happen.

The top 5 are after the jump -- catch you on the flip side!


5.) Slow Down: Indiana's 'New' Marriage Law Isn't Real

In July, rumors blazed across the interwebs that the state of Indiana had just passed a new law that made criminals out of same-sex couples who applied for marriage licenses.

Like most Internet rumors, it was pretty much bullshit. Thankfully, though, Bilerico co-owner and webmaster (and native Hoosier) Jerame Davis stepped in to set the record (ahem) straight!

4.) Top Papal Candidate Has Defended 'Kill the Gays' Laws in Africa

In February of last year, Pope Benedict XVI shocked the world when he announced that he would resign the papacy, becoming the first pope to do so in nearly 600 years and the first to resign on his own since 1294. Of course, speculation about potential successors began immediately, and the person whose name was at or near the top of nearly everyone's list was an incredibly homophobic Ghanaian cardinal named Peter Turkson.

Thankfully, Cardinal Turkson ultimately didn't get the nod.

3.) Sexy Priests Strip Down in 2014 Orthodox Calendar

orthodox_calendar_2014_cover.pngThe 2014 Orthodox Calendar is so hot it will have you on your knees in prayer! At the time, I wrote that the models are so beautiful that it doesn't really matter whether or not they're actually Orthodox priests.

Clearly, thousands of you agreed. (I wonder how many of you bought the calendar?)

2.) Vatican Fashion Leader Removed From Influential Post

This post was an unexpected runaway hit. I've long been revulsed by the over-the-top clerical attire and retrograde theological conservatism of Roman Catholic Cardinal Raymond Burke, a Vatican official and native of my home state of Wisconsin. So when Pope Francis removed him from the prestigious Vatican congregation that helps the pontiff select new bishops, I thought I'd share my schadenfreude with Bilerico readers.

On a whim, I included a gallery of some of Burke's most memorable (and faaaaabulous) fashion moments. The post took off, eliciting chuckles and eye-rolls from D.C. to Poland and earning the #2 spot on this year's top ten list.

1.) Barilla Noodle Chief: Gays Can Eat Someone Else's Pasta

Guido Barilla, chairman of the Italian pasta maker Barilla, got himself and his company into hot water this fall when he said in a radio interview that his company doesn't like gays, and if gay people have a problem with that, they should feel free to take their business elsewhere.

An international outcry ensued, sending the company into damage-control mode and forcing Barilla to apologize over and over again. Rival pasta brands practically tripped over themselves to declare their support for LGBT equality, and Barilla came away from the crisis with major egg on its face.

All in all it was a crazy story, and the most popular post on our site in 2013.

Now that you've seen the list, what do you think? What does your Bilerico top ten list look like?


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