Pop Culture Fix: Lesbian Comic Kate McKinnon Covers Glamour Mag, Isn’t the First Reason I Thought About Ruth Bader Ginsburg Today

Welcome to your weekly Pop Culture Fix, in which I would like to assure you right off the bat that we do have a piece about Nanette in progress.

Kate McKinnon is on the cover of “Glamour” Magazine and the photos are really fun and the video is really funny!

McKinnon is the first out lesbian on SNL and one of the most famous gay women in America. Because of these facts, she is frequently asked about her sexuality, though she consistently declines to discuss her personal life. She seems to prefer to put pieces of herself—and her queerness—into her characters: the perfect drag of her Bieber bit, the unabashed flirtiness of Holtzmann in Ghostbusters, the hints of high camp when she plays ultrafeminine women.

The Hollywood Reporter talks to Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch about Season Two of G.L.O.W., which is gonna have, it seems, TWO queer characters:

This season will explore the sexuality of more than one character. Was the addition of new wrestler Yolanda (played by Shakira Barrera) in response to viewers wanting more queer characters after season one?

Mensch: We felt it was something that was missing on our show and were excited to have. We had so many characters the first season that we barely had time to get through everyone that we even wanted. So with season two, we wanted it. We were excited about a storyline Yolanda has with one of the other women. We also were excited about this idea of replaceability. We knew we were adding a character to replace Cherry Bang (Sydelle Noel) and that we were going to explore how it feels to have someone take your character. It was our own self-checking. It’s a group of now 15 women, it feels like their sexuality is going to be all over the map in terms of how to represent. Who to tell that story through is really just the question.

Look out for Oprah Winfrey on today’s episode of The Handmaid’s Tale.

Full disclosure, I wrote this: Help I’ve Fallen For SKAM Austin (and its Black Lesbian Character) and Can’t Get Up

Here are 8 Up-And-Coming LGBTQ Animators To Watch

We Built Ourselves: SyFy takes on The Characters We Coded as Queer

The The Most Overlooked Shows of 2018 include some of our favorites, like Vida and The End of the F***ing World.

Becca McCharen-Tran Says There Aren’t Enough Lesbians and Transgender Women of Color in Fashion, and you know what, I believe her. Also, here’s how the LGBTQ+ community is shaping fashion in 2K18.

‘Daddy Issues’ Clip: Outfest Film Unpacks The Use Of LGBTQ Labels:

“Daddy Issues follows Maya (Lawlor), a talented queer artist on the verge of a first love that is more complicated than anything she could imagine. Maya spends her days escaping into her drawings and social media, where she cyberstalks the aspiring designer Jasmine (Manning) — who has a co-dependent relationship with a neurotic sugar daddy. When Maya and Jasmine’s paths finally cross, they begin a romantic relationship that provides Maya her dream of first love and Jasmine the inspiration she needs to jump start her career. It’s all gumdrops and fairytales until a bizarre love triangle soon emerges, all because of “daddy issues” — hence the title.”

Big Brother is apparently still on television, and openly lesbian football player Kaycee Clark has been cast on ‘Big Brother 20’.

Kveller says “Younger” is the Jewish TV Show You Should Be Watching.

Look, “…while games allow us to be many things—space marines, mages, and tenacious heroes—they rarely allow queer people to be happy.”

At least Two Openly Queer Characters Are Coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe but don’t hold your breath.

Vulture has 55 Essential Queer Horror Films.

Tessa Thompson and Boots Riley Talk Activism, Message Tees, and the Radical Style in “Sorry to Bother You

Some news from Broadway: “Ariana arms herself with this knowledge that being a queer, biracial woman in Trump’s America is a tool she can use to show the world that diversity is our reality.”

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  1. Ooh Heather these are such good links!! And I’m so stoked for the upcoming Nannette piece!! ? Thank you for making my wishes come true!

  2. Just when I think I couldn’t love Kate McKinnon more I read another article about her and prove myself wrong.

    Also, I’m not even that into horror movies but that list is fascinating and I want to watch all of them.

  3. That’s one of the best photo shoots Kate McKinnon has done–she looks good glammed up, but even better relaxed and naturally sexy.

    Has this link gotten posted here? dancemagazine.com/disability-dance-2574024089.html
    It’s a fab write up of Alice Sheppard, a queer black dancer in her wheelchair. She looks amazing and I’d love to catch one of her shows someday.

  4. Hi,
    I’ve been reading autostraddle since 2010, but this is my first post. There have been so many articles and comments before that have moved me and made me laugh, but I was always nervous about writing the wrong thing. It hit me today that it is absurd I never comment because this is no doubt the best place on the internet. I’m joining the party now. Thanks autostraddlers for creating a beautiful community for me to be a part of.

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