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12/29/2015 09:38 am ET

These 15 LGBT Viral Videos Represent The Best And Worst Of 2015

What a year!

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues came to the international forefront in numerous ways in 2015, and that prominence was, of course, reflected on countless social media outlets. 

These incredible videos -- all of which swept Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites over the past year -- represent 12 months of various LGBT triumphs and tribulations, as well as the community's often wicked sense of humor.

We applauded California dad Mikki Willis for supporting his son, who chose a Disney princess doll as a birthday gift, and shed a tear with "The Rhodes Bros" when they came out to their father in an emotional phone call. We questioned the motives of gay YouTube personality Kyle Kittleson, who backed Donald Trump for U.S. president, and were wowed by an all-male Broadway dance troupe as they strutted and shimmied their way through a classic "Chicago" number. Oh, and we couldn't wait to dig into some Campbell's soup and Chobani yogurt, too. 

Take a look back at 2015 with these great LGBT viral videos. 

  • The All-Male "Cell Block Tango" From "Chicago"
    This stunning, all-male twist on the "Cell Block Tango" number from the classic musical "Chicago" needs to be seen to be believed. In March, hunky performers Joshua Buscher-West, Marty Lawson, Alfie Parker Jr., Waldemar Quinones-Villanueva, Alex Ringler and Ryan Steele tackled the delightfully dark showstopper at "Broadway Backwards," an annual celebration where gays and lesbians see their stories told through the great songs of musical theater. Head here to read more. 
  • An Incredible, Musical Gay Engagement In Cuba
    Craig Young didn't realize he was in for the surprise of his life when he accompanied his longtime boyfriend, Michael Di Girolamo, to Cuba in June. Little did the 41-year-old actor know that Di Girolamo, 45, had a few tricks up his sleeve -- namely, an elaborate musical proposal incorporating the hits of Bruno Mars, Kylie Minogue and Madonna that you just need to see to believe. Don't miss the full story here
  • The Way This Dad Reacted When His Son Chose A Doll For A Gift Is Priceless
    In August, we wanted to high-five California dad Mikki Willis after watching this heartwarming video in which he described his reaction after his 4-year-old son chose a "Little Mermaid" doll as a birthday gift. "My job as daddy is to provide a safe playing field for my boys to play whatever game they choose, or better yet, create their own game," Willis wrote on Facebook. Don't miss the full story here
  • The Rhodes Brothers Come Out As Gay
    YouTube personalities Austin and Aaron Rhodes, or "The Rhodes Bros," started off 2015 in a major way by coming out as gay to their father on the phone. The brothers recorded the moment, and the world -- including Ellen DeGeneres -- certainly took notice. Check out the story here
  • Vlogger Comes Out To Grandma -- In Song
    YouTube's Loren Baldwin used Ally Hills' "Coming Out -- The Official Song" to come out as a lesbian to none other than her grandmother. The reaction was absolutely priceless -- and one of the sweetest things we've seen all year. Keep reading here
  • Chobani's Stunning, Sexy Lesbian-Themed Commercial
    Greek yogurt giant Chobani celebrated LGBT Pride Month with a stunning -- and sexy -- new commercial. Released June 15, the "Simply 100" ad shows a lesbian couple sharing an intimate moment before breakfast in bed, and was not without its critics. Head here to read more. 
  • 'Willy Wonka' Subway Rider
    Mass transit can be hell -- and even worse when you have someone yelling at you about Sodom and Gomorrah when you're just trying to make it to work on time. In January, a video made the Internet rounds showing a preacher spewing anti-LGBT rhetoric on a New York subway train, only to be interrupted by a passenger who successfully drowns him out with an impressive rendition of “I’ve Got A Golden Ticket" from "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory." Check out the original story here
  • That Adorable Campbell's Soup Ad With The Gay Dads
    In October, Larry Sullivan, David Monahan and their adorable son, Cooper, were among the many real-life families featured in a new, heartfelt Campbell's Soup campaign. In the "Made for Real, Real Life" clip, Sullivan and Monahan take turns feeding Cooper spoonfuls of Campbell's "Star Wars"-themed soup, with each reciting a famous line from the iconic film franchise. Head here to read more. 
  • "Kyle XY" Star Introduces His New Son
    In December, "Kyle XY" star Matt Dallas and his husband, Blue Hamilton, introduced their 2-year-old son, Crow, to the world in an emotional, holiday-themed YouTube video. The video concludes with footage of Crow trimming the tree with Dallas and Hamilton, as well as joining his dads at family gatherings. Check out the full story here.  
  • Gay YouTube Personality Comes Out... In Support Of Trump
    In October, YouTube gay personality Kyle Kittleson shook up the blogosphere by expressing his support for Donald Trump -- and "not in an ironic way," too. Kittleson cited the Republican presidential hopeful's stances on infrastructure, immigration and LGBT equality in a five-minute video, and insisted he's heard from other LGBT Trump supporters, too. Head here to read more.   
  • YouTube Star Joey Graceffa Comes Out As Gay In Music Video
    In May, YouTube star Joey Graceffa came out as gay in a fairy tale-themed music video featuring goblins, a witch and, of course, a handsome prince. Head here to read more. 
  • Steve Grand's "All I Want For Christmas Is You"
    The "All-American Boy" was back at it, and just in time for the holiday season. In December, Grand released a spirited cover of the Mariah Carey classic, "All I Want For Christmas Is You." In the video for the song, the out singer-songwriter trims a tree, sips hot cocoa and gets cozy with a handsome gentleman. Head here to read more. 
  • What Happens When Two Men Hold Hands In Russia
    In July, two men walked the streets of Moscow while holding hands in a social experiment to demonstrate how LGBT individuals are treated by the world around them. The resulting video shows reactions ranging from verbal attacks to physical assault. Check out the full story here
  • Ohio 1st Grader Stands Up To Homophobic Preacher
    Sometimes, the loudest voice is the one that doesn't say a word -- just ask this little girl. In July, Zea, a 7-year-old Ohio first grader, stood firm in the face of hate at a celebration of the Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage. When a preacher began ranting at her through a microphone, little Zea quietly waved her rainbow flag and never backed down. Head here to read more. 
  • A Sexy Lesbian Spin On "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus"
    A real-life California couple and their adorable young son were the stars of this new take on the holiday classic, "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," which hit the Internet in early December. Performers Danielle LoPresti and Alicia Champion said they wanted to create a Christmas ditty that was representative of their own unique family. Head here to read more. 
     

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