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+ You know what this year of Netflix Nostalgic Reunion Tours was missing? Palex. You heard me: Palex. That’s Paige and Alex from Degrassi: The Next Generation, one of the only queer couples on all of teevee during The L Word years. But it’s happening now! On July 22! CANADA.
+ A Buffy coloring book for adults is a thing you need in your life and now it is a thing you can have in your life.
+ Nickelodeon’s first same-sex couple made their debut this week on Loud House. I’m happy they’re including gay people on their cartoons, just like I was happy when Disney Channel rolled out a lesbian couple on Good Luck Charlie two years ago. But it’s honestly the very bare minimum they can do. Cartoon Network supports Steven Universe telling one of the sweetest and most layered queer love stories of all time with Ruby and Sapphire, and Adventure Time‘s “Stakes” mini-series finally fully went there with Marceline and Princess Bubblegum. What makes it normal is when you do it brilliantly and authentically and don’t make a big deal about it.
+ Yeah, that’s right: Suicide Kale won Best U.S. Feature Film at Outfest last weekend!
— Outfest (@Outfest) July 17, 2016
+ Oh, did you want to talk about Ghostbusters. Cool, man. Cool. Here:
+ Also, Leslie Jones was forced to quit Twitter after the barrage of racist tweets that came her way after Ghostbusters’ release last weekend. Twitter’s refusal to do anything about horrific harassment is, once again, on full display here.
+ Related: Flavorwire has a rundown of all the best female-dominated societies on film.
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+ Time magazine’s Motto published a really great profile/interview with Evan Rachel Wood. She talks a lot about bisexuality, bisexual erasure, bisexual representation in fiction, and the importance of vocal bisexual celebrities. The whole thing is worth a read.
You’ve said that you received a lot of hate for coming out as bisexual. What are people still getting wrong about bisexuality, and what do you want them to know?
I think because we’re usually erased, people just don’t have the information. There’s so many negative connotations with that label. I understand the argument about labels and the desire to do away with them altogether. I think that’s a great idea. But before that we have to give people a chance to identify with somebody or a group in some way. That helped me. It’s so confusing, especially when there’s not a lot of information out there … Erasure is causing people harm and diminishing self-esteem and putting people in harm’s way. It’s a real need. I want people to know that it’s ok, [bisexuality] is valid, and their stories matter.
I’m really feeling this new Celebrity Bisexual Power Squad that seems to be taking shape in the world.