Pop Culture Fix: A Coming Out Party for Chyler Leigh and Lili Reinhart!

Still Valerie here. Hope you’re staying as rested and hydrated as possible so we can all stay fresh for the fight. Here’s your biweekly Pop Culture Fix.

While we were intentionally pausing our regular publishing scheduling to focus on the racial justice uprisings sweeping the nation, two very important pop culture things happened and I want to get you caught up:

+ Last week,  Chyler Leigh came out as queer. (You have to register to read that, but you can make a free account, you don’t have to subscribe. Or check out this Instagram post of hersOr this one! You can also buy Pride Merch she designed and is selling via her charity org.)

+ And Lili Reinhart ALSO came out as a “proud bisexual woman.” It was a “I’m going to the LGBTQ+ Folks for Black Lives Matter protest and I don’t want to hear about it so just FYI I’m bisexual”  type thing. But nicer, because she’s Lili. Anyway, it was great.

Congrats to both Chyler and Lili, and also happy Pride to us! 🎉 🌈

+ The period piece in which Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan are lesbian lovers, Ammonite, is finally done and maybe someday we’ll get to see it.

+ Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist was renewed for Season 2

+ I somehow didn’t know (or forgot) that Naya Rivera was in a Step Up TV Series but good news it’s not too late to get in on this since it’s moving from YouTube to Starz.

+ Da Brat wishes she came out as a lesbian years ago.

+ More old-timey lesbians for you, this time in the book The Tree and the Vine by Dola de Jong.

+ I know Love, Victor is likely going to be only boy-gay but it felt worth mentioning that they moved their original premiere date out of respect for Junteenth and that’s pretty damn cool.

+ Rumors about what Batwoman’s plans were post-Ruby Rose were flying around like… well, like bats, first that they wouldn’t recast her but would give someone else the cowl, then that the new person wearing the cowl would be an entirely new character instead of one of the existing residents of Gotham, and then, most concerning, a rumor that they would kill Kate Kane. Luckily that last one seems to be false.

+ The Advocate wrote the She-Ra/Killing Eve combo article you didn’t know you needed.

+ BBC explored the past, present and future of queer country music.

+ I feel very :rude hand gesture: about Ryan Murphy… but CBR isn’t WRONG about his queer television legacy.

+ Speak of the devil, The Politician dropped their Season 2 trailer

+ Star Trek Picard re-confirms what trekkies knew: Seven of Nine was always queer

+ And last but not least Wynonna Earp showrunner Emily Andras was on a podcast talking about what film and TV production might look like post-COVID

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Valerie Anne

Just a TV-loving, Twitter-addicted nerd who loves reading, watching, and writing about stories. One part Kara Danvers, two parts Waverly Earp, a dash of Cosima and an extra helping of my own brand of weirdo.

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  1. Love the She-Ra/Killing Eve article, and definitely did not know I needed it!

    I can’t read the article about “The Tree and the Vine” though because of the NY Times paywall. I suspect that will be the case for other people too.

  2. Maybe I’m just salty and distrustful of tv peeps, but Caroline Dries’s tweet is a weird way to avoid saying “No, we’re not killing Kate Kane”. And it certainly doesn’t provide any clarity about whether we’ll see Kate Kane on screen again in Batwoman.

  3. Chyler Leigh coming out confirms my personal theory that she should replace Batwoman. Have Alex Danvers find out that Kate Kane went missing, and she uses it as her moment to become a badass superhero and steps into the Batwoman role to keep Gotham from falling apart.

    Heck, you can even retcon that thanks to the worlds merging Batwoman and Supergirl’s casts are all BFFs and hold weekly BBQs, thus explaining why Alex is so invested in Mary, Luke, and the Alice drama.

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