Pop Culture Fix: The Buzz Lightyear Movie Gets its Lesbian Kiss Back From Sad, Strange Little Disney

Guess what’s back tonight on HBO? IT’S GENTLEMAN JACK!!!! My recap will be here for you tomorrow! In the meantime, here’s a Pop Culture Fix!


+ The Buzz Lightyear Toy Story sequel has added back in the lesbian kiss Disney made it cut.

Yes. We have a kiss. You saw it in the version of the film that you all saw before this Q & A. We’ve always had the lesbian couple. They’ve always been a part of the film. Being able to put back the kiss was important to us. It’s a touching moment. It helps Buzz to see what it is that he’s… It’s the life that’s being lived in front of him by his best friend that he’s not having. He doesn’t have those kinds of relationships. He doesn’t have a child. He doesn’t have what she has. And so it was important for us to get that back in there. And we’re really excited about that.”

+ Robin Roberts nearly turned down her famous 202 interview with President Obama over fears of being outed.

+ Jasmine Davis exits The Chi ahead of season five.

+ Why are lesbians still invisible in popular culture, wonders The Independent.

+ Saudi Arabia is censoring Doctor Strange because of lesbian hero America Chavez.

+ Lesbian Jeopardy! champ Mattea Roach just keeps winning.

+ 18 lesbian anime you can watch right now.

+ Gentleman Jack showrunner Sally Wainwright on bringing Anne Lister’s diaries to life.

+ How Selena became a queer Latinx classic.

+ Jonah Hill praises his sister Beanie Feldstein’s Funny Girl performance. (A lesbian friend of mine saw it on opening night and loved it.)

+ Janelle Monáe’s first fiction breaks open the literary space.

+ The Evolution of Britteny Griner.


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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, the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer critic. You can also find her on Twitter, and Instagram.

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3 Comments

  1. Good to know my gaydar wasn’t off on Mattea. She seems like a delight.

    In other queer news, ultra-endurance rider Lael Wilcox set another record & people aren’t happy about it. The rules say it’s self-supported race, but because there was a media crew of two people, including her wife the photog, following. They didn’t interact with Lael, but people(mostly men) are like it doesn’t count cause just knowing her wife was filming her that counts as support. I doubt Lael cares what others think she is one of the greatest ultra-endurance athletes of all time & an inspiration to many. https://bikepacking.com/news/lael-wilcox-azt-2022/

  2. I had no idea Mattea is a lesbian. We’ve been following her run with interest- she’s a great competitor!

    Also, I’m sure Ken’s fine as a human, but for queer-friendly hosts, give me Miss Mayim any day!

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