4. The National Women’s Hockey League is the nation’s first to tackle transgender athletes’ ability to play. Harrison Browne, a transgender man, played in the league’s inaugural season as Hailey Browne, and came out during this season. His transition opened the door for NWHL officials to create policies based on those passed by the International Olympic Committee to ensure its athletes are not discriminated against.
5. In the wake of George Michael’s death on Christmas Day, this 1992 video of the singer rehearsing Queen’s “Somebody To Love” for the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert has been making the rounds. One of the reasons? Skip to around the 3:12 mark and you’ll notice another LGBT icon we lost this year, David Bowie (and that’s Seal next to him).