The Comment Awards Are Gay And Also Maybe Play Gay On TV

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Hi, fireflies! Did you enjoy last weekend’s Valentine’s Day gift to us all? The Love Is/Is Not A Lie content was truly top-notch. Love is pretty much a lie on TV, and celebrities quite often break up; but then on the other hand, there’s Vanessa’s deeply personal experience, and Heather! And! Stacy! My heart has been very full all week.

Also this week, Bishakh brought us what is perhaps my very favorite installment of Scenes From a Gender.

Drew wrote about Water Lilies and that precious pang of queer adolescence.

We are truly blessed by Riese’s mind (and her databases): 47 Straight Actresses Who Play Gay A Lot.

The team also ranked ’80s and ’90s sitcom characters by lesbianism. My god, the backward hats alone!

Read this: Six Black Queer Travelers Share How They Attempt to Locate Community Around the Globe.

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And then there were your comments!

On Love Is Not a Lie: In Sickness and in Health:

The NEVER A LIE Award to M.:

your relationship is beyond couple goals—this is Love goals right here. congrats to you both and thanks for giving the rest of us hope, knowing this kind of Love exists.

On Pop Culture Fix: Ashlyn Harris and Ali Krieger Adopt a Daughter and Member of the 2040 USWNT:

The Bette, The Alpha Award to Aly and Deli Twotone:

While an adorable song, did anyone else listen to that Blue’s Clues alphabet song and feel real strange when their brain thought “Bette! Bette! Bette!

On “Water Lilies” Is a Memory of Gay Adolescence:

The Walk and Talk Award to hochaus:

This is the film I saw 10 years ago as a young lesbian, recognizing that there are distinguished differences in how men and women walk. As Floriane, Adèle Haenel’s walk was intoxicating. I watched those scenes over and over… I learned how to walk in my new identity from Floriane. Has anyone noticed how much walking is featured in all of Celine Sciamma’s films? Like adolescence trying to pace physical growth. There’s dynamism exposing character relationships in these scenes.

On 47 Straight Actresses Who Play Gay A Lot:

The If These Walls Could Talk Award to Gilbert and Sally:

Opening this article, I did not expect to see Nicola Walker, but bloody hell she’s great isn’t she? Also, whilst it isn’t totally acknowledged, her character Gillian in Last Tango in Halifax is gay af and I may have more than once had dreams of what I’d let her do to me up against a dry stone wall.

The Whoopi?? Award to :) (with an honorable mention to every person who learned that someone new wasn’t gay thanks to this list):

Whoopi isn’t gay?!

And the PARTY LIKE IT’S 2009 Award to pepitagoya:

This is the most comments I’ve seen on an Autostraddle article since like 2013.

And on ’80s and ’90s Sitcom Characters, Ranked by Lesbianism:

The Darlene, Darlene, Darlene Darleeeene, I’m Begging Of You Please Don’t Date A Man Award to Noodlesforever and Chandra:

I remember Darlene getting that curly haired boyfriend and being SO CONFUSED. I hated him as much as she did. I blame this moment for me thinking it was OK to date boys.

And the Two Gay Names, No Waiting Award to thatottergirl:

I mean, Alex Mack has not one but TWO lesbian names, and I wanted to be her as a kid despite only having seen one episode of her show, so yes she is a Top Ten Gay for sure.

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  1. Yaay, thanks as always QG! Shout out to that one aforementioned Alex Mack episode I saw despite the fact that I wasn’t allowed to watch TV as a kid–I wanted to be her best friend/have her superpower immediately, which is as “Latent Queer Crush” as one can get.

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