12/30/2013 09:43 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

13 Of The Most Viral Queer Blogs Of 2013 On HuffPost Gay Voices

A large part of The Huffington Post's inclusive ideology is the site's commitment to acting as a platform for thousands of bloggers to voice their opinions and share their stories on a national stage.

Here at HuffPost Gay Voices, we have a staggering number of contributors whose perspectives are equally as crucial to a well-rounded representation of the queer community as the news that lives on our page.

Throughout the course of what has been dubbed "the gayest year in gay history," the voices of our bloggers have been fundamental to the success of HuffPost Gay Voices, including the recent title of "Best LGBT News Outlet" by the MISTER app.

As we look back on the last year, check out this list of 13 of the most viral blogs to come out of HuffPost Gay Voices during 2013.

  • 1 The Incredible Story Of What Happened When Two Gay Men Were Harassed While Waiting for Pizza By Joel Diaz
    "I didn't expect to see allies so willing to chime in and let this guy know that his hate speech wouldn't be tolerated. The best part though was as he grew more irate and vocal the guys who work the truck stopped what they were doing and leaned towards the window and told him they would not serve him because he was spewing hate. They said they support everyone in our community and that he should get out of line because they would not be serving him. He begrudgingly got out of line and walked away escorted by a friend who had been hanging back." Read the full blog here.
  • 2 Why Drag Queens Are Better Role Models Than Disney Princesses By Joy Martin Malone
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    "Then and there, the door blew open. You see, Sharon Needles is not just a princess but a queen, a strong, creative, groundbreaking, wickedly brilliant queen. I suddenly realized that there was more than one direction that I could push the princess mania, because my children could not distinguish between a Disney princess and a drag queen." Read the full blog here.
  • 3 Just Because He Breathes: Learning to Truly Love Our Gay Son By Linda Robertson
    "We had unintentionally taught Ryan to hate his sexuality. And since sexuality cannot be separated from the self, we had taught Ryan to hate himself. So as he began to use drugs, he did so with a recklessness and a lack of caution for his own safety that was alarming to everyone who knew him." Read the full blog here.
  • 4 11 Things You've Always Wanted To Know About Lesbian Sex But Were Afraid To Ask By Jincey Lumpkin
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    "People often feel comfortable asking me questions about lesbian sex. It happens everywhere from cocktail parties to riding around in New York City taxis. As a sex positive person and porn mogul, I think it's really important to have discussions about lesbian sex. Some lesbians are really annoyed to have to field these types of questions, but I feel that having an open mind and an open ear helps to make people outside of the gay community understand us better." Read the full blog here.
  • 5 Why Some Straight Men Are Romantically Or Sexually Attracted to Other Men By Joe Kort, PhD
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    "The truth is that many men who have sex with men aren't gay or even bisexual. Although their mental and emotional state resembles that of the initial stages of coming out, gay and bisexual men go on to develop a gay or a bisexual identity, whereas these men don't." Read the full blog here.
  • 6 10 Things I Wish I'd Known When I Started My Transition By Annika Penelope
    Courtesy of Annika Penelope
    "Two years and 4,860 pills later, I now realize how little I actually understood back then. There were so many aspects of transitioning and being treated like a woman in society that I was totally unprepared for. And today I'd like to share 10 lessons that I wish I had known in February 2011." Read the full blog here.
  • 7 My Father's Unexpected Response T My Coming Out By Levi A. Miles
    Courtesy of Levi Miles
    "When we got home, my dad left for a while to pick up some dinner for us, and my mom, whom I've been out to for almost two years, turned to me and said, 'Your father saw your Facebook status when I left my Facebook up. The cat's out of the bag.' You see, I hadn't told him. Coming out to my mom was easy, but the thought of coming out to my father terrified me beyond all other things. I was afraid that he'd disown me or be ashamed of who I am." Read the full blog here.
  • 8 A Few Words From A Real, Live C*cksucking Fag By Noah Michelson
    "Recently several (presumably) non-cocksucking straight men have had a lot to say about these terms and whether or not they've ever used them, whether or not they should ever use them and whether or not those terms are (or should be) considered offensive by real, live cocksucking fags like me.

    Seeing as I have some practical (humility keeps me from going so far as to say "impressive") experience here, I'd like to clear up a few things for those men and anyone else who might be confused by these terms and/or when they can and should be used.." Read the full blog here.
  • 9 When Your 7-Year-Old Son Says, 'I Want to Be Gay' By Amelia
    Courtesy of Amelia
    "I write a lot about my oldest son, but he is not my only. I am lucky enough to have a total of three sons. My other two are just as amazing as the first, in my totally biased opinion. My middle son is now 7, the same age that my oldest was when he started identifying as gay. It should not have been a shock to me that around this same age, my middle son would start having questions and opinions about his older brother's orientation, but it was." Read the full blog here.
  • 10 CBS Program Mike And Molly Says 'F*ck You' To The LGBT Community By Sue Kerr
    Via CBS
    "From daytime to primetime, CBS has demonstrated that they are not invested in fair and interesting portrayals of LGBTQ characters. We get a few bones tossed our way, but they continue to exploit the most vulnerable among us for the sake of ratings." Read the full blog here.
  • 11 Why Our Straight Wedding Just Got Political By Sarah Hankel-Hoffman
    Courtesy of Sarah Hankel-Hoffman and Jason Hoffman
    "It is our lifetime conviction that all people are created equal, and it is our belief that good people subscribe to the "golden rule" that has resulted in our decision to withdraw our reservation to hold our wedding reception at the Görtz Haus Gallery in Grimes, Iowa, on Sept. 7, 2013.

    This measure is in response to the decision by Görtz Haus Gallery owners Betty and Dick Odgaard to turn away two men who wished to hold their wedding and reception at the lovely venue." Read the full blog here.
  • 12 Dan and Me: My Coming Out As A Friend of Dan Cathy And Chick-fil-A By Shane L. Windmeyer
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    "Like most LGBT people, I was provoked by Dan's public opposition to marriage equality and his company's problematic giving history. I had the background and history on him, so I thought, and had my own preconceived notions about who he was. I knew this character. No way did he know me. That was my view. But it was flawed." Read the full blog here.
  • 13 Re: Duck Dynasty: Hollywood, Go Screw Yourself By Michelangelo Signorile
    "Too many people are dismissing the action of A&E at reinstating Phil Robertson so soon after suspending him from Duck Dynasty. It's just a TV show, they say, and we have all of these wins on marriage equality -- and look at Utah! But this is not about, "Oh, we're 'winning,' so who cares about Duck Dynasty? As long as our so-called "friends" in Hollywood promote and tolerate this kind of hate for money, we've not won much." Read the full blog here.