Pop Culture Fix: Lena Waithe Blesses Us All as OUT 100’s “Artist of the Year” and Other Inspirational Tales

Welcome to your weekly pop culture fix, where everybody gets extra butter! I just made a cheese plate for me and Sarah Sarwar to eat but then someone called her on the phone so now she’s on the phone and I feel like I might eat it all while she’s on the phone if she doesn’t get back soon?

+ The Out 100 is rolling itself out today and tomorrow, chock-full of cool pictures of incredible humans taken by Roger Erickson! Unfortunately we must report that once again, we are not on the Out 100. However, lots of other cool people are and, most notably, Lena Waithe has been named “Artist of the Year”! There’s a rad interview and photoshoot which includes gems like this:

“It was bigger than me, bigger than one episode of television. To me, that was a moment to really see people in the community and tell them I see them and tell them the things that make us different are actually what make us special. If I wasn’t a queer black woman, I don’t know if I would have been standing on that stage. I hoped that they could see through me that when you tell your story, when you live your authentic life, only good things will come from it.”

Chelsea Manning scored “Newsmaker of the Year” honors, and Billie Jean King snagged “Lifetime Achievement Honoree.” Other ladies, trans and non-binary people on the list include The Indigo Girls, Jill Soloway, Samira Wiley, Huffpo Editor Lydia Polgreen, Julien Baker, Lisa Vogel, Shannon Purser, Gigi Gorgeous, Angela Robinson, Alia Shawkat, Lane Moore, Ilene Chaiken, Gavin Rayna Russom, Lina Esco, Kristin Beck, Jane Greenwood, Jenn Colella, Patty Schemel and Shakina Nayfack.

+ Episode 5 of the anthology series Electric Dreams, based on Phillip K. Dick short stories and viewable in New Zealand on Lightbox, features Anna Paquin playing a lesbian  (I think?) character, Sarah:

Sarah, played by Anna Paquin, is a cop living in some incredible flying car future, but is haunted by a past event where a lot of her fellow police officers were killed. She’s still pretty shaken up, so her wife gifts her a virtual reality holiday to live as someone else.

+ Model Citizen: Ari Fitz: A video you may enjoy!

The horror film about lesbian love, wild powers & sexuality: On critically-acclaimed Norweigan thriller “Thelma.”

Amy Sedaris’s New Show Is the Anti-Goop:

Sedaris also researched old-school entertainers like Lawrence Welk and Dinah Shore, as well as vintage educational programs and public access shows, which inspired At Home’s many flourishes and side skits, which add a delightful weirdness to the show’s charm. There’s the “Lady in the Woods,” who makes necklaces out of foraged bits of forest when she’s not scolding her lesbian lover; there’s an instructional crafting video in which the subject is neatly decapitated.

+ The 10 Best Character Studies in 21st Century Movies: includes Monster, an uplifting lesbian love story. (JK it’s depressing and fantastic)

+ “For fear of offending moviegoers, filmmaker Dan Villegas said he often consulted his sister, who’s a lesbian, before shooting potentially controversial scenes in his latest dramatic project, “Changing Partners.”

Friends: 15 Things We Didn’t Know Were Cut From The Show include “Susan And Carol’s Wedding Scene Was Banned In Many Countries.” Two other scenes involving Susan and Carol got cut, apparently, and they’re the only non-regular characters who are listed as having scenes cut on this list! BECAUSE HOMOPHOBIA.

Ellen DeGeneres Unveils Blooper Reel Ahead of 2,500th Episode

This Creator Is Proving Why Non-Binary Representation Matters

+ ‘Lady Bird’ And The Remarkable Rise Of Female Coming-Of-Age Stories

When will Hollywood give us a genuinely queer superhero?

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  1. Small warning: The Anna Paquin episode of Electric Dreams is basically San Junipero gone wrong; its ending is very tragic.

    I did find the theme of survivor’s guilt quite interesting, and the episode was one of the more thought-provoking ones of the (in my opinion mediocre) show.
    Paquin’s character’s wife is played by Canadian actor Rachelle Lefevre and her fab hair, so if you are willing to watch something that uses the Bury Your Guys trope, at least your eyeballs will thank you, I guess?

    Still, for your attractive Sci-Fi queermo fix, I recommend re-watching Kelly and Yorkie for the 58047548th time instead.

  2. Susan And Carol’s Wedding Was the first lesbian wedding I ever saw. Such a shame that people in other countries are being denied this experience

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