Gus Kenworthy, Viral Videos, & Butts--Instinct's Best Nine of 2018
As December comes to an end, and we bid 2018 farewell, you may have noticed your Instagram feeds flooding with people’s Best Nine of 2018. This is each profile’s top liked images of the year that are posted as a retrospective of what has transpired in 2018.
Visit 2018 Best Nine to create your collage of memorable moments and trending pics.
As we look back on 2018, we can see that Instinct Magazine’s Best Nine includes a lot of our top stories and images that created buzz on social media and beyond.
Here’s a look at Instinct Magazine’s Best Nine of 2018 and the topics that you all liked the most! #2018bestnine
The Midterm elections brought shattering numbers of people to the polls to exercise their right to vote. After the 2016 presidential election, American citizens have been advocating for voting to create change and this created a shift that won the House of Representatives for the Democrats and got record-breaking women and minority groups into public office.
It’s no wonder that this post with one of our favorites at Instinct, Gus Kenworthy, made the top post of 2018.
It’s no shocker that Gus Kenworthy’s kiss with boyfriend Matt Wilkas on national television made Instinct’s Best Nine. In February, Kenworthy planted a kiss on Wilkas on NBC making it a huge moment for the LGBTQ community. Kenworthy competed in the 2018 Winter Olympics as the first ever out Olympian.
The Instinct writers have been on top of all things RuPaul’s Drag Race over the last few years, but 2018 was an especially exciting year as we featured DragCon LA and DragCon NY, finales of All Stars 3, and Season 10.
At the Season 10 ‘Meet the Queens’ event, we were excited to get to know all the Season 10 queens and other drag race fans like cuties Gus Kenworthy and beau Matt Wilkas.
Another popular topic of 2018 with Instinct readers has been Pietro Boselli. The sexy math teacher turned Instagram model turned 30 this year and posted a steamy series of photos to celebrate--including some in his birthday suit! In typical Pietro fashion, he gave his 2.7 million followers something to troll on Instagram.
This year Instinct was at the LOVELOUD Festival in Salt Lake City, Utah where guests from Kalen Allen, Vincint X Parsons, Tyler Glenn, Jussie Smollett, Mike Shinoda, Mary Lambert, Zedd, Gus Kenworthy, and Imagine Dragons all graced the stage spreading the message of love for everyone and raising money for LGBTQ youth.
Dan Reynolds from Imagine Dragons was instrumental in the LOVELOUD becoming a reality. Reynolds took to the stage with a hot performance, but not before sharing a message of empowerment that has been one of the highlights of the year.
Russell Tovey from HBO’s Looking and Quantico was a hot button for Instinct in 2018 on numerous occasions. First when he announced that he was engaged to his fiance Steve Brockman and, sadly, months later when the two called it quits only four months after their public engagement. Later in the year we discovered that Tovey plans to be a single dad through surrogacy. There’s no doubt that Russell Tovey has had a year of ups and downs...let’s see what 2019 has in store for him.
I told you Gus Kenworthy was one of our hottest topics of 2018 at Instinct, but so was Adam Rippon. The openly gay Olympians flooded the internet this year with their empowering representation on the USA team as well as their continued cameos and interviews being a voice for the LGBTQ community.
When their spots on the USA Olympic team was announced, we were just as excited as the rest of the world and knew theirs would be a positive story of perseverance and commitment.
One of our favorite moments in 2018 was this story of two high school friends, one gay and one straight, who melted the internet’s heart with their adorable homecoming dance proposal. Instinct wrote the original story and interview that went viral and got these boys national attention.
17-year-old Alexander Duarte asked his friend and schoolmate Erick Pineda to the dance on October 11th (National Coming Out Day). The entire school witnessed the two boys obliterate stereotypes and sent a message of inclusion and acceptance.
Their video was one of our Best Nine of 2018.
Instinct readers love a good sneaky peek at the hottest guys out there--and we try to deliver whenever possible. Aside from coverage of politics, popular culture, entertainment, hard news, and opinion pieces, some good skin will come through and keep the readers engage...but careful it might be NSFW.
As 2018 comes to an end, at Instinct Magazine we are eternally grateful for our readers. You all are the reason for sharing these LGBTQ narratives and without the dialogue with all of you, it wouldn’t be the same. We look forward to what 2019 has in store—and look forward to bringing you the best and up-to-date from the LGBTQ world! Check us out on Instagram to make it happen!
Happy New Year!