We are in a crucial moment where we can change trans representation in YA and do it in a way that doesn’t leave anyone behind.
We’ve got data and timelines and infographics and conversation on topics including: white actors getting Oscars for playing people of color, white savior narratives, roles that garner nominations for Black actors, the shocking lack of nominations for Asian, Latinx and Native American actors and so much more.
As a child, I loved watching wrestling. As I got older, however, the sport began to change, and the storylines became isolating. Fortunately, both fans and other wrestlers alike have made it clear that wrestling is no longer a business where bigotry is going to be tolerated.
When I watch these movies, I find myself writing fan fictions in my head: What details would I change, to make this piece of art truly for me, and for the community that I love? Maybe it’s simply that the sex workers on film would just be a lot more… regular.
“I remember little moments so vividly — like Ashley kissing Spencer on the shoulder while they looked in the refrigerator for something to eat. This is what I wanted. And I wasn’t afraid of wanting it anymore.”
“Start here: Franky. Frankie. Sounds good, right?”
“Many of Lafemmebear’s songs are full of righteous anger. This one is full of righteous caring, righteous love, righteous affection.”
The book deftly acknowledges that each of its five main characters is different in their experience of their bodies, sexualities, genders, romantic interests, and overall development. It allows each kid to define their experience on their own terms and shows a little of their process of becoming comfortable with their unique selves, while promoting kind and thoughtful behavior toward all peers.
Though there are still those who would keep bi characters off YA shelves, there are also plenty of fantastic young adult graphic novels, fantasy books, contemporary novels, and even nonfiction collections with bisexual characters that find their way into the hands of young readers and adults who appreciate YA. Here are a few essentials to check out during bisexual awareness month.
If you can’t handle the titties, get out the strip club, babe. Even if it’s a fictional one.
I’ve studied the show, collected the evidence, and now I’m ready to tell you which “Bob’s Burgers” characters are bisexual AF.
In the mirror, I saw a scrawny, hollow-eyed girl dressed in ill-fitting boys’ clothes, a parody of a parody of masculinity. But in the screen, I saw myself made strong, confident, fearless, perfect.
On internal colonization, South Asian shame and representation of happy brown queers on film.
On Tuesday, Grindr-backed LGBT publication “Into” initiated, without warning, mass layoffs, effectively shuttering the site in … wait for it… A PIVOT TO VIDEO.
Here’s your in-depth look at all the numbers on lesbian, bisexual and queer television representation in 2018. Spoiler alert: it got better?
We’re all used to watching movies and rooting for the lesbians to live — lesbian horror movies make the gamble that everyone else in the audience will, too.
GLAAD shows LGBTQ+ characters are at record highs across broadcast, streaming and cable, and for the first time ever, there are more QPOC than white LGBTQ+ characters on broadcast!
The new Netflix reboot of Shirley Jackson’s classic has made a lot of changes; one thing that’s stayed, though, is kickass horror lesbian Theo — now with a whole backstory of complicated family trauma!
What I’m trying to say is: Forever is like if Portlandia had a baby with San Junipero and it grew up watching only Spike Jonze and Richard Linklater films.
This is the science fiction black people rarely get to star in, but I’m still a little wary.