Pop Culture Fix: HBO Max’s “Batgirl” Casts Ivory Aquino as Alysia Yeoh, DC’s First Trans Movie Character

I’m enjoying a delicious cup of coffee out of my Pray The Gay to Stay mug from Autostraddle’s most recent fundraiser, which is making it EVEN TASTIER. Being gay is so great and not just because I get to share fun queer pop culture news with you twice a week (but that IS part of it!).

+ Okay this is awesome news: Ivory Aquino will play Alysia Yeoh in the Batgirl movie; she’ll be the first trans character in a DCU film!

+ We missed this news back in December (along with basically everyone else), but it looks like Showtime did not renew Work In Progress for a third season.

+ It’s not news but it’s memes! And Batwoman at that!

+ How I Met Your Father’s Ellen story is a problem in 2022.

+ Why you shouldn’t write off Che Diaz.

+ The Sims 4 will now ask for pronouns.

+ Vanity Fair has an exclusive clip of Gerrick Kennedy’s Didn’t We Almost Have It All: In Defense of Whitney Houston. It’s all about Whitney and her relationship with Robyn Crawford.

+ The 10 best LGBTQ love stories in gaming.

+ Miranda Lambert chatted with Billboard about her new Queer Eye anthem, “Y’all Means All.”

+ Euphoria is a dozen different shows; which ones should get cancelled?

+ The Power of the Dog has a queer problem.

+ Doubt Taylor Swift’s songwriting at your own peril!

+ The rise of the post-credits scene, explained.

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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.

Heather has written 1718 articles for us.


  1. I think Faefyx Collington is expecting way too much from ‘How I Met Your Father’, it’s a sitcom and usually, thankfully, they have one queer character these days. I’m not expecting advanced queer character development from that team. I don’t even get that from the L Word, so expecting it from HIMYF is setting yourself up for disappointment.

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