2013 has been a fabulous year for movies, TV, and celebrities leaving the closet (in new, kooky, Jodie Foster-esque ways). Before we move on to 2014, let’s look back on this decadent year with a calendar countdown: 12 queer men in entertainment who made each month of 2013 great by coming out, wowing us with talent, or just by being notably excellent celebrities.
Mr. January: Matt Dallas
The Kyle XY hunk intended to make 2013 a decadent year right from the start, as he proved with this tweet about his upcoming marriage to singer/songwriter Blue Hamilton. “Starting off the year with a new fiance, @BlueHamilton. A great way to kick off 2013!”
Mr. February: Frank Ocean
The queer singer/songwriter gifted us with a most unusual performance at the 2013 Grammys in February with “Forrest Gump,” a longing ode with that recurring bleat of “Running on my mind, boy.” The 26-year-old R&B wunderkind picked up two trophies: Best Urban Contemporary Album for Channel Orange and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “No Church in the Wild” with Kanye West.
Mr. March: Jinkx Monsoon
The fifth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race had its ups and downs, but Jinkx Monsoon — a.k.a. Jerick Hoffer — was a constant sensation with her subversive perkiness, unbelievable singing voice, and thunderous impersonation of Little Edie from Grey Gardens. Though Alaska Thunderf*ck was a fine competitor, the season belonged to Jinkx. And for what it’s worth, Jinkx was easily my favorite interview I’ve conducted all year.