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24 Queer Pop Culture Moments That Are Too Iconic To Not Think About

For example: Every Falguni Pathak music video.

If you're like me, you don't just consume pop culture, you thrive on it! From Jennifer Coolidge playing the hot-mess Tanya in The White Lotus to "Jenny from the Block" getting back with her ex, nothing on the internet fails to catch your eye.

But gay pop culture is worlds apart. With a little bit of oomph and a lot of sass, the queer riches are something else entirely. So here's a list of moments that live in my head, rent-free.

1. Lil Nas X giving Satan a lap dance.

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The only thing that could have upped Lil Nas X's song "Montero", which is already a massive bop, was its official music video that, honestly, should be taught in institutions. Right from the visual storytelling to the subtle biblical references, it created waves on the internet.

2. When Rekha said GAY RIGHTS! 🤌

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Every now and then, a gem from Rendezvous with Simi Garewal, a show that otherwise isn't remembered much, pops up on our screens in the form of a Reel or a YouTube Short and gets people talking. In one of the episodes, when Simi asked Rekha when she was planning on getting married again, Rekha, without hesitation, asked if it had to be with a man to which Simi followed up by saying, "Well not a woman, obviously". It was then that Rekha, with all the aplomb in the world, said, "Why not?" and gave us an iconic moment to celebrate. The fact that this was said on Indian television in the early 2000s makes it all the more groundbreaking.

3. Jennifer Coolidge's iconic line from The White Lotus (Season 2).

4. This moment from Season 1 of The White Lotus.

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The first season of The White Lotus was in a league of its own — a subtle critical commentary on white guilt and class barriers with Hawaiian sunsets serving as the backdrop was just chef's kiss. But then came this unfiltered moment wherein Sydney Sweeney uttered these lines and took the internet by storm, thereby putting the franchise on everyone's watchlist.

5. John Abraham's cheeky moment from Dostana.

6. When Kristen Stewart dragged Donald Trump on SNL.

7. And when Karlie Kloss was dissed by a Project Runway contestant.

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On an episode of Project Runway, the contestants were tasked with creating a design that Karlie Kloss could wear to an upcoming event. However, the designer received feedback that his dress didn't look like something that Karlie would wear, so he instantly clapped back with, "Not even to dinner with the Kushners?"  For context — Karlie is married to Joshua Kushner, the brother of Jared Kushner, whose wife is Ivanka Trump. This was true TV gold.

8. When Dutee Chand became India's first openly gay athlete.

9. When Troye Sivan released a song about bottoming.

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Nah! "Bloom", contrary to the visuals, is NOT about flowers blooming. 

10. Uorfi Javed on the cover of The Dirty Magazine.

11. The mix-up between Moonlight and La La Land at the 2017 Oscars.

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2017 was truly a tough year for the gays. The mix-up between La La Land — a story of two struggling artists in Hollywood that brought musicals back to the limelight — and Moonlight, an incredibly important coming-of-age tale that also delves into race and sexuality, left the queerdom divided.

12. When Emma D'Arcy spoke about their favourite drink.

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Emma D'Arcy saying "a Negroni...sbagliato...with Prosecco in it" was some "stunnin'" poetry that should be carved into queer literature for eternity. Period.

13. THAT one episode of Satyamev Jayate.

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Satyamev Jayate was already way ahead of its time. And when you add the idea of sexual orientation being discussed on prime-time TV, the episode was bound to bring a major cultural shift for the audience, especially for the younger queer people watching it.

14. When Milind Soman was "Made In India".

15. When Lady Gaga gave us "Born This Way."

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I still remember the day I watched this video for the first time on VH1. I was only 12 years old and this song was a breath of fresh air that made me want more. Thirteen years down the line, I still believe that "Born This Way" will always hold the title for THE gay anthem.

16. When Ranbir Kapoor and Imran Khan kissed on Koffee With Karan.

17. When Vidya Balan sucked Rani Mukerji's thumb.

18. Everything about Kajal from Hum Paanch.

19. Badhaai Do.

20. The sexual tension between Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff in War.

21. "Pasoori" and its queerness.

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Coke Studio has given us a plethora of gems but "Pasoori" is certainly its crown jewel. If "art is love made public", "Pasoori" is the manifestation of that love devoted to God. Ali Sethi, with his bold lyricism, delivers a powerful and very queer message that leaves us hopeful for the lovers in the song to transcend every obstacle and be reunited.

22. Every Falguni Pathak music video.

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For those of us who grew up in the 90s, Falguni Pathak, with her beautifully nonconformist music videos, was the queer icon we did not know we had.

23. "Girls Like To Swing" from Dil Dhadakne Do.

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Two of the biggest Bollywood "gworls" dancing to a song that celebrates femininity and girls just having fun. A moment.

24. And finally, "Pooja, what is this behaviour?"

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Lastly, we have the meme queen herself who still continues to rule our hearts. Not to be controversial but, "You do not tell me what to do", is one of the gayest things EVER said. Hear me out, please, for it has all the things we love about pop culture — drama, reality TV, and a slightly inconvenienced villain. Truly iconic!

Which moments did you think deserve to be on this list? Tell us in the comments!

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