Pop Culture Fix: Sweet Sapphic Santa, There’s TWO New Lesbian Christmas Movies This Year!

Stacy and I bought a pecan pie “for Thanksgiving” over the weekend, and have now eaten half of it. Alas! I hope you enjoy this Pop Culture Fix as much as I enjoyed eating pie for breakfast!

+ I gotta be real with you: This movie is the thing I am most excited about this holigay season. I love Lifetime Christmas movies and I love gays on TV and I love fan fiction and this looks like the best of them all. Here’s the official description:

Marketing whiz Alma Beltran (Elise Bauman) and Christmas tree whisperer Charlie Freemont (Tattiawna Jones) cross paths when Charlie finds the perfect tree for the Maine Governor’s Holiday Celebration – right in Alma’s back yard. While they initially spar, romantic sparks soon begin to fly between the two women as the enchanting tree and some Christmas fairy dust from the town’s pâtissière extraordinaire (Ricki Lake) bring out the best in them and spark each other to take leaps of faith and fight for love and Christmas magic.

And here’s the trailer!

+ But wait, there’s more! Ali Liebert’s in a LESBIAN HALLMARK CHRISTMAS MOVIE!

+ Holy night! There’s another one! Tello’s Christmas at the Ranch!

+ Okay fine, I’m equally excited about Mary becoming Poison Ivy on Batwoman. A lot of my own personal interests are being addressed on TV right now!

+ The limitations of the Sapphic Anthem.

+ Well! Whomost is she, Shonda? Is she G A Y?

+ Y’all, what a roundtable! Tessa Thompson, Kristen Stewart, Jennifer Hudson, and more: “sharing and swapping advice on industry anxieties (COVID or otherwise), the moment when success seemed furthest away, and the head of state they all admire.”

+ Peacock has renewed We Are Lady Parts for a second season.

+ HBO Max’s 12 Dates of Christmas features a handful of LGBTQs this year.

+ Sara Ramirez has updated their pronouns on social. It used to be she/they and is now they/them.

+ JoJo Siwa’s Dancing With the Stars domination is an LGBTQ win.

+ Related: Cardi B invited JoJo Siwa over for Christmas.

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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. I’m so happy to finally see Elise Bauman in something since Carmilla! And as the lead no less! It’s made me crazy for years that she and Natasha weren’t getting the work they deserved after the series ended.

  2. I just watched the trailer to The 12 Dates of Christmas and um, wow. Please, someone on AS watch at least the premiere and tell me how it is. I really want it to be a Are You The One? situation where adding queer contestants improves a tacky dating show, but I can’t tell from the trailer.

    Also, pie for breakfast is the best.

  3. Everyone set your reminders to vote for JoJo tonight in the finale of the DWTS!!! Voting begins at 8pm ET, to vote you just text JOJO to the number 21523. You can vote 10x’s. It literally only takes a minute, let’s show her support!!! 🌈🌈🌈

  4. (11/22 JEOPARDY spoilers)

    Amy on Jeopardy! won #4 today and has a shot at being the first (openly?) trans Tournament of Champions qualifier tomorrow!

  5. There was an adorable queer lady subplot in Hallmark’s Coyote Creek Christmas this year, too! The best friend and the resort’s musician were eyeing each other up, and I thought I was making it up, but I wasn’t! They were adorable disaster queers pining after each other for years. I felt very seen.

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