Pop Culture Fix: Ariana DeBose Becomes the First Queer Woman of Color to Win a SAG Award

Well and March is almost here, my loves. The sun has shown its face four of the last seven days here in New York City. I missed it so much! (Watch this segue.) But what YOU won’t miss is any queer pop culture news ’cause I’ve rounded it all up for you below. (I know, I know: BOOO!!!)

+ At last night’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, Ariana DeBose became the first openly queer women of color and the first Afro-Latina to win! (Lots of outlets reporting she was the first queer woman to win, but Carmen points out that Angelina Jolie won in the ’90s when she was out already as bisexual.)

+ This is super weird: On the heels of the announcement that Jennifer Beals is joining the cast, and with just a few episodes left this season, Ilene Chaiken is out at the Law and Order: Organized Crime showrunner.

+ What actual drama teacher’s think about last week’s play on Euphoria.

+ Meagan Tandy’s been sneaking in Wildmoore stuff to Batwoman ALL SEASON.

+ Looks like Star Trek Picard’s “plotting lesbian adventure across time” on Paramount+.

+ Paget Brewster, are you bisexual?

+ Speaking of the 90s, Madonna and Sandra Bernhard fell out as friends because of a love triangle???

+ Queer pop is continuously rising.

+ 10 cartoon characters who were allowed to be visibly queer.

+ Dear Evan Hansen star Jessica Phillips comes out as queer.

+ I love, love, love this Fiona Shaw profile. She talks about her wife in it and she hardly ever talks about her wife.

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Heather Hogan

Heather Hogan is an Autostraddle senior editor who lives in New York City with her wife, Stacy, and their cackle of rescued pets. She's a member of the Television Critics Association, GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, and a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer critic. You can also find her on Twitter and Instagram.

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  1. So happy for Ariana, she so deserves all the awards for her Anita!

    Also THANK YOU Carmen and Heather for mentioning Angelina – most of the media have apparently forgotten (or they just don’t care) that she’s bisexual and has been out forever! It’s always like “which MAN will Angelina settle down with after Brad?” or “Angelina seen at a restaurant with a corny rapper who diminishes bisexuality in his shitty music, CUTE COUPLE ALERT”

  2. i am really glad Ariana DeBose is getting recognized for her work! and i would like to air my frustration about all these white-men dominated awards things! it seems like these awards (oscars, emmys, etc) is far more about how limited the award voters’ ability is to see themselves in others’ stories than about the caliber of artists’ work. (altho i guess breaking thru their limited perceptions means someone is doing extra amazing above & beyond what the award is for!)

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