Wednesday, June 29, 2022

QR22 Day 29 - Dickinson

 


There's no shortage of literary criticism and historical evidence suggesting the poet Emily Dickinson might have been queer. You can read her poetry, biographies, criticism, or whatever you want and decide for yourself, but the case is compelling.

The Apple TV show Dickinson takes that premise and runs with it in tumultuous mash-up of history, humor, poetry, modern slang-injected dialog, and drama. And it's freaking great. It's like A Knight's Tale meets Jane Austen in antebellum America. Hailee Steinfeld shines as Emily Dickinson, and Ella Hunt (from Anna and the Apocalypse!) plays opposite her perfectly as Sue, Emily's best friend and chief love interest. Jane Krakowski is in it. Wiz Khalifa plays Death. Billy Eichner has a cameo as Walt Whitman. Like???

So that's the penultimate day of Queer Representation! One more to go! 🏳️‍🌈

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

QR22 Day 28: The Unspoken Name


 

Day 28 of Queer Representation (only two more days left after today!) and today I’m talking about the novel The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood. Listen, who doesn’t want to read a book about a young orc girl who was raised for the explicit purpose of being sacrificed to her dark god, only to be given an option to live at the last moment by a powerful wizard, and to then go on to be a badass assassin, and do tons of crazy awesome things, yada yada yada, and there’s tons of queer content, including said main character orc being queer. It’s real good, ya’ll. Peace. 🏳️‍🌈

Monday, June 27, 2022

QR22 DAY 27: Hacks

 


Queer Rep day 27: Hacks is easily one of my favorite new series--maybe one of my favorite series of all time. A washed-up and nearly cancelled comedy writer is enlisted to help write jokes for a once legendary now-on-the-way-out comedian, and hilarity and antics and drama ensue. The acting and writing is top notch, and the show is SO funny and also tuggy on the heartstrings, as it were, and it has some of the best bisexual representation I've seen in...anything, honestly. I can't overstate how great that casting and acting are in Hacks--Jean Smart, Hannah Einbinder, and Carl Clemons-Hopkins SLAY. It's so good. 🏳️‍🌈

Sunday, June 26, 2022

QR22 Day 26 - Crush



Crush is a brand new teen romcom on the scene, and what I'm plugging for day 26 of my Queer Representation challenge! And what Love, Simon is for male/male queer teen romcoms, Crush is for female/female queer teen romcoms. Engaging characters, and a solid, fun story. Rowan Blanchard is perfect in the lead role, and it was awesome to see Auli'i Cravalho (Moana!) do something a bit different. And they both crush it (pun absolutely intended). 🏳️‍🌈

 
 



Saturday, June 25, 2022

QR22 Day 25 - The Haunting of Bly Manor

 


Day 25 of Queer Rep is The Haunting of Bly Manor, a gothic drama/romance with a fair shake of horror thrown in. The creator, Mike Flanagan, is also behind The Haunting of Hill House as well as Midnight Mass, both really fantastic horror programs in their own right. But while Hill House is certainly scarier, and Midnight Mass dives into some fascinating metaphors and philosophical ground, imo Bly is the best of the three--and there's a really well done queer relationship at it's heart. 🏳️‍🌈

Friday, June 24, 2022

QR22 Day 24 - Little Girl


For day 24 of my Queer Representation list I'm talking about the French film Little Girl. This is a very tight, focused documentary about Sasha, a young child who was assigned the male gender at birth but from a very early age insisted she wanted to be a girl. It's just a segment of her journey, but it's tender and intimate and while it may not answer many questions about the trans community, it certainly conveys a powerful trans experience.

In all honesty I'm feeling too sick and heartbroken over the Supreme Court ruling today to say much more. Just...be good to each other. And fuck the patriarchy. 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️

Thursday, June 23, 2022

QR22 Day 23 - Our Flag Means Death


Day 23 of Queer Rep: Our Flag Means Death.

"Queerbaiting" is an unfortunate trend in which possible relationships between same-sex characters are teased, but never fully realized on the screen or page. Sometimes this is just ignorant writing, but more often than not it's more insidious than that, a marketing technique to attract LGBTQIA+ audiences and allies without expressly committing to a queer story. (If season 2 of Warrior Nun doesn't have any queerness in it, for example, it would be an egregious queer baiting offense.)

A recent Atlantic article called Our Flag Means Death "the opposite of queer baiting" and I 100% agree--it's a really well done, slow-burn queer romance with a payoff, ensconced in an always brilliant, often hilarious comedy about pirates. Also Taika Waititi is attached.

The show is delightful and you should watch it! 🏳️‍🌈