Pop Culture Fix: Nahnatchka Khan’s “Always Be My Maybe” Has a Great Lesbian Character, Of Course

Welcome back to your weekly Pop Culture Fix, with an extra special shout-out to Natalie who’s keeping Autostraddle running while we’re all off at A-Camp! 


+ Nahnatchka Khan’s new Netflix rom-com, Always Be My Maybe, features Michelle Buteau as a married lesbian, did you know? Valerie Anne told me so, so that’s how I know. Look for a full review when we get back from camp! (Here’s an excellent piece from The Atlantic: “The Subtle Subversions of Always Be My Maybe.”)

+ Batwoman’s Ruby Rose on defying naysayers and how being a role model saved her life

+ The L Word: Generation Q cast will appear at Pride events in NYC and LA

+ Variety‘s launched their annual Actors on Actors series that brings together some of your favorite TV actors to talk to each other about their shows. A few of the interviews you can look forward to:

Start with Billy Porter and Rachel Brosnahan on Why Representation Matters on TV.

+ Wanda Sykes chatted with the Hollywood Reporter about her new stand-up special, Not Normal

+ Tig Notaro launches a talk show with Funny or Die

+ King Princess on identifying as a lesbian

+ Nicole Maines is covering The Advocate this summer; this profile and photoshoot is so very worth your time.

+ Natalie included this in yesterday’s Also.Also.Also., but I just wanted to make sure you saw it because I love it so much and you’ll love it so much too. Beloved, prolific, longtime TV critics Emily Vanderwerf — now of Vox, formerly of the A.V. Club — came out as trans yesterday.

+ LOL, what! Fact-checking Booksmart: Could a lesbian really confuse those two holes?

+ This is a Sun I’m not linking to because the Sun is garbage but I just want you to read this headline from yesterday: Gentleman Jack viewers in hysterics as Suranne Jones’ character struggles to get through Ann Walker’s skirt for lesbian romp!

+ Portrait of a Lady on Fire won the Queer Palm at Cannes, making Céline Sciamma the first woman to bring home the award.

+ The Babadook is getting a Pride-themed blu-ray release.

+ Here’s your GLOW season three first look!

Heather Hogan is an Autostraddle managing editor who lives in New York City with her partner, Stacy, and their cackle of rescued pets. She's a member of the Television Critics Association, the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer critic. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Heather has written 883 articles for us.

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    • Well, this one time someone started eating my ass while we were taking a dimly-lit bath and I wasn’t sure if she knew she was in ass territory, because, ya know, that doesn’t seem like the first place one would go to on a trip down south? Anyway I just rolled with it and it felt nice.

  1. I’m here to highly recommend as much as possible without literally strong-arming everyone into cinemas when the time comes, to see Portrait of a Lady on Fire when it comes out. I saw it a week ago and am still thinking about it; it’s quiet, heartbreaking, stunningly beautiful, very deep, multiple layers of meta, period yet very modern. I know we all loved Carol and the Favourite but this film has leaped above them to the top of my personal ranking list. cannot possibly rave enough.

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