Pop Culture Fix: Lily Cole Is Not Straight, Thank You and Good Day!

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It’s Monday Pop Culture Fix time, rainbow sno-cones!

+ In a new interview with the Sunday Times Style, British supermodel Lily Cole came out as queer, saying:

“I like that word [queer] because of its openness, because I think all those boundaries are quite rigid. I have lots of friends who identify as bisexual, lesbian or whatever, who also identify as queer… I’ve always been quite private about my private life, consciously, and I want to continue to be, so I don’t feel the need to be explicit. At the same time I feel the need to acknowledge that I am not straight.”

+ Breanna Stewart and her wife Marta Xargay Casademont have welcomed a baby girl into the world! Ruby is her name!

+ If you want to shop Paula and Olivia’s “seemingly nonchalant” White Lotus style, PopSugar’s got you covered. (Show writer/creator Mike White agrees their relationship is weird. In a post-mortem with Vulture he called it “a friendship… or whatever it is.”)

+ The first four episodes of Grace and Frankie’s final season are here.

+ FX has ordered American Love Story and American Sports Story spin-offs from Ryan Murphy, for some reason.

+ Netflix’s all-queer superhero team, Q-Force, got a full trailer last week. The voice cast includes Sean Hayes, Wanda Sykes, Laurie Metcalf, Gary Cole, David Harbour, Patti Harrison, and Matt Rogers.

+ Go Inside the inclusive casting process for RuPaul’s Drag Race, Queer Eye and Top Chef.

+ Y: The Last Man team on exploring gender and identity in the new Hulu/FX series.

+ St. Vincent threatens to devour Annie Clark in the trailer for The Nowhere Inn.

+ Over at Black Girl Nerds: A chat with Madame President: Sheryl Lee Ralph, the epitome of Black Girl Magic, in Motherland: Fort Salem.

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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.

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  1. Very mixed feelings on that “Y the last man” thing… I mean it’s good that the show runners are trying to take into account exactly what the premise would mean in real life w/r/t trans people, but it still sounds like the world it takes place in ends up being every white AFAB tenderqueer’s wet dream–a world without trans women. I hope it’s handled right because it could still be powerful if the true scope of that is explored in a sensitive way, I just don’t know if I trust a cis woman show runner to do that lol.

    • There’s no way to handle it right honestly, I don’t think there’s ever been a single piece of media involving trans people not made by trans people that hasn’t pissed somebody off. I think it was a mistake to even try to make it tbh, a lethal pandemic that targets everyone with a Y chromosome is too controversial. I’m also not necessarily here for a series long interrogation of how in the absence of men, women would just reproduce the same racist, classist, etc. barriers? It’s too much of a bummer, I’ve read The Power and been in women-dominated spaces for a big chunk of my life, I’m good, I get it.

  2. Hey…I know this isn’t really related to the post this week but I think we all know about what’s going on in Afghanistan and it’s horrifying to say the least. I just read this heartbreaking letter from this female filmmaker over there (https://venomousviolets.tumblr.com/post/659717682465259520/afghan-filmmaker-sahraa-karimis-open-letter) and it was just so much. I wanted to know if maybe autostraddle could post some resources or give us some sort of instruction for what all of us on the outside can do to help?

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