It seems like 2023 is going to be a good year for the queer community. Be it literature, movies, or events, this year is going to treat the community with the best content and experiences without fail. Talking about the best experiences and events, one of the essential organizations working for the upliftment of the community, the National LGBTQ Task Force is completing 50 years of advocacy of LGBTQ Rights, activism, and organizing for the LGBTQ+ community.
This milestone year will recognize and celebrate the Task Force's rich history of driving progress within the LGBTQ+ community, from its early days lobbying the American Psychiatric Association to remove homosexuality as a mental illness and advocating for AIDS funding to longstanding campaigns to Queer the Census, Queer the Vote, work for trans rights, fight for reproductive justice and bring an intersectional approach to the LGBTQ movement.
On the occasion of this historic moment, the Task Force will hold special events this year.
The Task Force's 50th-anniversary celebrations will start with the 2023 Creating Change Conference from February 17 to February 21 at Hilton Hotel Union Square, San Francisco, California to celebrate gay rights and the LGBTQ culture.
National LGBTQ Task Force Executive Director Kiera Johnson Discuss Why America Is Red, White, and You
The special broadcast was in the middle of the National LGBTQ Task Force Gala and stories included the importance of the November 8 Midterm elections, the special honorees, charities that benefited, and covering major 2023 events including the Creating Change Conference in San Francisco in February, and the Winter Party Festival in March.
Reputed queer guests will be attending this event including, Angelica Ross, transgender rights activist, and star of FX's POSE, and Amy Schneider, the most successful female contestant in Jeopardy! History, X González, a gun violence prevention activist and LGBTQ+ rights advocate, and more.
The 50th Anniversary celebration will continue in Miami Beach at the 30th Annual Winter Party Festival. This will be a week-long series of events benefiting the LGBTQ+ community locally and nationally, from March 1 to March 7 in Miami Beach, FL.
The Task Force will conclude its year with a premier annual celebration of South Florida's LGBTQ+ community in October 2023. It will be an opportunity for queer people and their supporters to celebrate 50 years of community, history, and work advancing equality for all LGBTQ+ people and their families.
While the Task Force is leaving no stone unturned to make the year count, the LGBTQ+ community can dare to have high expectations from this year in terms of entertainment and experiences, a lot will be happening this year, adding value to the rich LGBTQ culture across the world.
Why don't we start with the things we can expect on the literature front in 2023?
Here are the most anticipated queer reads that should be on everyone's radar:
This Delicious Death by Kayla Cottingham (April 25, 2023)
If zombies and vampires interest you, this upcoming novel can be worth a shot. This is the story of Zoey, Celeste, Val, and Jasmine who are all ghouls living in Southern California, and about to graduate high school. As a celebration before graduation, they decide to attend a music festival in the desert. The girls bring nothing but a cooler filled with seltzers and SynFlesh, ready for a party. Things go wrong quickly when on the first night of the festival, Val goes feral and ends up killing and eating a boy. When more and more festival guests start disappearing around them, the girls discover that someone is drugging ghouls in order to make them go feral. And they're the only ones who can stop it.
Sorry, Bro by Taleen Voskuni (January 31, 2023)
All the bisexuals out there, this might be a perfect novel for your weekend reads. When Nar decides to leave her non-Armenian boyfriend after a horrible proposal, she knows she needs to find someone who shares her idea of romance. So, when Nar's mother suggests that she attend Explore Armenia, a month-long series of events in the city, she goes along with it in hopes of finding someone. Erebuni becomes Nar's wing woman, the trip starts to feel a whole lot less like an obligation, and more like an adventure. The more time the two spend together, the more Nar feels connected to her roots, and the closer she gets to becoming ready to come out to her family and be an out-and-proud bisexual and authentically herself for the first time in her life.
Fake Dates and Moon Cakes by Sher Lee (May 16, 2023)
This is a light read for teenagers. A perfect gift for your teenage LGBTQ+ friend. Dylan Tang wants nothing more than to win a Mid-Autumn Festival mooncake-making competition for teen chefs — not just in memory of his late mother, but to bring some much-needed publicity to his aunt's struggling Brooklyn-based Chinese takeout restaurant. It's safe to say Dylan doesn't need any distractions, so when a charming, wealthy, and adorable guy named Theo enters his life, he's reluctant to get involved in any way. What happens after that will be an exciting read.
Becoming Ted (January 19, 2023)
A charming, heart-warming, and surprising story about love, friendship, and learning to be true to yourself. This story is about 41-year-old Ted Ainsworth who has worked in his family's ice cream business for his whole life. When Ted's husband abruptly leaves him, Ted realizes he's got nothing. He doesn't know how he can go on. His best friend, the flamboyant Andrea, is determined to help Ted. Despite his parents, the disapproval of locals – and a series of mysterious letters that may threaten the happiness of Ted's nearest and dearest
Concerning My Daughter (April 27, 2023)
In Concerning My Daughter, translated from Korean by Jamie Chang, Kim Hye-jin lays bare our most universal fears of aging, death, and isolation, to offer finally a tribute to love in all its forms. Hold it! The celebration of LGBTQ culture is not over yet.
Here are some of the moments the LGBTQ+ community can look forward to in 2023
While this year has seen some of the best shows grace our screens, it's also seen a lot of queer series canceled. Thankfully, there are several LGBTQI-inclusive content being renewed for another season in 2023.
Heartstopper Season 2
Fans can expect more from the much-loved LGBTQ couple from Heartstopper, Nick (Kit Connor), and Charlie (Joe Locke) when the show returns to Netflix.
Élite Season 7
Netflix has given the green light for Élite's seventh season to return on its platform and this will also see the return of the beloved and fan-favorite gay character Omar, who is played by Omar Ayuso.
Euphoria Season 3
And Just Like That… Season 2
The second season of the sequel to Sex and the City, And Just Like That… will be returning and fans are eager to see more of the much-loved non-binary character Che Diaz (Sara Ramirez).
The White Lotus Season 3
The incredible and much talked about show from the brilliant mind of Mike White, The White Lotus is set to air sometime in 2023 with no date set just yet.
Queer Eye Season 7
There are plenty of other LGBTQI-inclusive or queer shows making their return in 2023 so keep an eye out.
Well, while entertainment has been taken care of by some amazing shows that we can expect this year, it is time to celebrate gay rights and find out the pride events this year across the country.
Here are some of the pride events to look forward to in 2023:
The inaugural Pride of the Americas will be unlike any Pride festival you've attended: Most Pride of the Americas 2023 events will be held on or near the pristine beaches and signature waterways. Guests will have many opportunities to discover why Fort Lauderdale is known as the “Venice of America.”
The vent will start on February 10, 2023.
Chicago Pride Fest is a 2-day festival that leads up to the Chicago Pride Parade with up to 100,000 participants expected, celebrating LGBTQ+ life, culture, and community. The Parade will take place from Broadway & Montrose, stretching over a 4-mile route with over 150 entries. Chicago is expecting crowds of over one million.
DC Black Pride – May 2023
New York City Pride – March 2023
Harlem Pride – June 2023
Capital Trans Pride – May 2023
If you think, even this is not enough, don't worry. This is the least you can expect from this year. There will be even more surprises, parties, and events to make you smile and groove in 2023.
Let us have the happiest and queerest year people!