By Nancy Ford
Happy New Year! As we launch into the third decade of the 21st century, in order to most happily and healthfully embrace our future, it’s essential to learn from the lessons of the past. What better way to do that than to indulge in a little pop quiz, looking back at the highlights of 2019?
1. Former Naval Reserve Officer, Afghanistan veteran and Rhodes scholar Pete Buttigieg became the first openly gay man to declare candidacy for the 2020 United States presidential election. He is also the mayor of
A) South Bend, Indiana. B) South Wilmington, Illinois. C) Sioux Falls, South Dakota. D) Funky Town.
2. Fifteen long years after it originally aired, Showtime reintroduced the acclaimed lesbian-centric series, The L Word, starring
A) Kristen Stewart. B) Jennifer Beals. C) Jessica Biel. D) Lindsey Graham.
3. 2019 was a tumultuous year for fried chicken restaurants when fast foodies declared Popeye’s chicken sandwich are more delicious than Chick-fil-A’s. Nonetheless, Chick-fil-A was frequently the subject of poultry and political news. Which one of the following statements is true about Chick-fil-A?
A) Its executives lied when it claimed it would no longer financially support anti-LGBTQ hate groups.
B) Its product was prominently displayed on the desk of ultra conservative Texas Governor Greg Abbott as he signed a “religious freedom” bill protecting LGBTQ discrimination in the workplace.
C) Because of its ongoing support of anti-equality organizations, its franchises are no longer welcomed at various airports and college campuses.
D) It tastes like bigotry, battered and deep fried. E) All of the above.
4. LQBTQ folks and their supporters flocked to New York City in June to commemorate the 50th anniversary of
A) The Stonewall Riots. B) Judy Garland’s death. C) Liza Minnelli’s first hip replacement. D) A&B.
5. Legislation protecting LGBTQs from discrimination was passed in multiple U.S. cities in which of these states?
A) Kentucky B) Georgia C) Kansas D) West Virginia E) Florida F) Pennsylvania G) Michigan H) All of the above.
6. U.S. President Donald Trump broke his campaign promise to “be a real friend” to the LGBTQ community by
A) Refusing to join with 30+ countries in signing a joint statement issued by the United Nations calling for a thorough investigation into anti-LGBTQ human rights abuses in Chechnya.
B) Announcing his administration would allow medical providers to cite their personal beliefs in refusing to provide a broad spectrum of services — including lifesaving care for LGBTQ patients.
C) Declaring his administration would oppose the Equality Act, crucially important, bipartisan legislation that would provide comprehensive nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people in key areas of life, including in employment, housing, public spaces, education, jury services, credit, and federal funding.
D) Prohibiting U.S. embassies from publicly flying the rainbow Pride flag, a symbol of LGBTQ equality during Pride month.
E) Asking the Supreme Court of the United States to set a legal precedent that would make it OK for an employer to fire a person for being transgender.
F) Appearing on RuPaul’s Drag Race in Ivanka drag, lips-syncing to an extended remix of “My Heart Belongs to Daddy”.
G) All of the above except F.
7. Megan Rapinoe led her National Women’s Soccer League team to victory at the 2019 Women’s World Cup. She also
A) Was named Sports Illustrated’s 2019 Sportsperson of the Year.
B) Sued the U.S. Soccer Federation for pay equal to the organization’s male soccer players.
C) Said ‘F*ck, no” when asked if she would visit the White House if her team won the World Cup.
D) Was subsequently Twitter-bullied by U.S. President Donald Trump.
E) Gave zero f*cks about Trump’s bullying.
F) All of the above.
8. As of the 2019 National Transgender Day of Remembrance (November 20) how many transgender individuals lost their lives due to hate crimes in the United States?
A) 7. B) 14. C) 21. D) 22.
9. In October, CNN hosted the “Equality Town Hall”, television’s first LGBTQ Presidential Town Hall, spotlighting nine Democratic candidates. The following statements are true.
A) Joe Biden tried to kiss Anderson Cooper.
B) Chris Cuomo made a joke about his preferred pronouns being she/her/hers.
C) Critics argued that it really should have been called the CNN Gay and Trans Women of Color Town Hall since a few letters of “LGBTQ” were basically ignored.
D) Comedian Larry David stood in for Sen. Bernie Sanders, who missed the program because he was recuperating after having suffered a heart attack.
E) All of the above except D.
10. Will 2020 be better than in 2019?
A) Yes. B) Please God, yes. C) It has to be. D) All of the above.