The television landscape is changing rapidly. Where does that leave lesbian, bisexual, and trans women of color on TV? Where have been, and more importantly — where are we going?
How about a little Valentine’s Day inspiration from your favorite fictional couples?
13 Christmas and three Thanksgiving episodes full of lesbians in matching two-piece pajamas, bisexuals in endearing sweaters, and a trans woman dressed up as a literal Holigay Angel.
It’s the deliberate commitment to exploring the universe and space and time and the humanity of more than just white men that makes Doctor Who’s new optimism resonate.
“It’s not just sex, it’s love. It’s two people connecting, with four other people, and aliens.”
Plus: Hen gets sucked into 9-1-1’s parade of sadness, Tegan loves Annalise (pass it on), Yaz is surely bisexual on Doctor Who, Sara Ramirez makes her glorious return to Madam Secretary, and more!
You can know your beloved Doctor is going to be a woman, and then you can witness her being a woman. It’s two different things.
“EVEN THE STRAIGHTS CAN SEE IT.”
If you’re overwhelmed by Doctor Who’s 50-year history but want to get into it for the first time for the first woman Doctor, this guide’s for you!
Fan service and character development and sex sex sex, oh my!
Wynonna Earp is already renewed, Supergirl adds the first trans superhero to TV, Steven Universe is getting a movie, AvaLance lives, American Horror Story: Apocalypse (for real), Nafessa Williams always knows what to say, Tig Notaro on Star Trek: Discovery, queer Charmed, and big hopes for Rosa’s bi storylines on Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
These were entire TV episodes that paid off queer storylines that had been building, or approached lesbian and bisexual and trans stuff in ways we’ve never really seen on-screen, or expanded queer storytelling into genres where it’d been lacking, or utilized new TV platforms in queer ways.
River Song and Thirteen sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g. Also let’s talk about: That Wrinkle in Time trailer, Wonder Woman’s continued domination at the box office, and American Horror Story: Bees.
Ten years ago, Doctor Who was the first show to let me see myself, and to feel seen; when I felt entirely alone, it showed me a universe waiting for me.
“Bill Potts’s sexuality will be revealed pretty much straightaway in her second line of dialogue when the show returns to BBC One on 15 April.”
Santana and Btittany join the circus! Paige and Emily traverse the Wild West! Carmilla and Laura are princesses!
Let us put you in the mood to swoon with these sweet and syrupy femslash wedding fics.
What if Mellie divorced Fitz, ran for president, hired Olivia to manage her campaign, and fell in love with her? What a wonderful world that would be!
There were 128 queer lady characters on TV this year, if you can believe that. It’s a brand new world.
Laura Jane Grace’s 10-part AOL series, queer Asian mothers can be part of a study, Fingersmith is being adapted, school stuff, how to be alone, why to talk to strangers, Laverne Cox on your TV, “lesbian-like” German suffragists, asshole almonds, queers on parade, sexual harassment, and like six other things.