4. Reason 2,017 we miss Barack Obama: The former POTUS issued his year-end roundup of his favorite books and music, and on the list were songs by lesbian singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile and bisexual R&B star Frank Ocean; as well as the feminist book “The Power” by Nadia Alderman, whose debut novel “Disobedience” told the story of a Jewish lesbian living with an Orthodox rabbi in New York.
5. VIDEO OF THE DAY: The film “Saturday Church,” opening in New York and L.A. Jan. 12, follows a young gay man who becomes “man of the house” when his father passes away. It was the closing film at last year’s Out On Film festival.