The Online World of Shipping, and How Gay Teens Are Curating Their Own Media

There are communities on Twitter for almost any interest or hobby, and ‘Stan Twitter’ is a part of the site’s foundation. For every person tweeting pictures of their cat, there’s another logging on and stepping into a timeline where they comfortably scream into the virtual void about niches. This is nothing new for the internet,…

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Through David and Patrick, ‘Schitt’s Creek’ Imagines a Kinder Reality for LGBTQ+ Individuals

When the term “comfort show” is brought up in conversations about TV, what do you think of first? For many people, it’s situational comedies that are easily binge-able – shows like The Office, Parks & Recreation, or Friends. One example that I have noticed popping up more and more on people’s lists is the Canadian…

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He’s Not Like Us: ‘Midnight Special’s Queer Otherness

Watching Alton Meyers (Jaeden Lieberher) be introduced in Midnight Special was like being thrown back in time. We first see him cocooned in an old motel sheet; his hunched frame silhouetted by the flashlight he’s using to read the comic book balanced on his knee. At that exact moment, Alton exists, figuratively, on his own…

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Bears, Otters and Werewolves – Our Queer Love For Horror

On the surface, horror may seem like a simple genre; oozing straight-male energy where the only brains involved are dripping down a blood riddled wall. However, the loudest critics of the genre -brandishing this take with the ferocity of a wild axe murderer interrupting a teen party in the woods – seem to be ignoring…

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‘Gentleman Jack’ Season One: Anne Lister and Lesbian Visibility

Gentleman Jack is one of the most important shows on television right now. Sally Wainwright helms the new addition to BBC and HBO, which follows the historical figure Anne Lister (played by Suranne Jones) of 1830s Halifax as she manages her late uncle’s Shibden Hall estate and courts her future wife Ann Walker (played by…

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REVIEW: ‘Saving Face’ in a Heterosexual World

If you’ve ever had the urge to watch a movie from the early 2000s about Chinese lesbians living in New York City, Alice Wu has got you covered. Saving Face begins with Wilhelmia (Michelle Krusiac), nicknamed by her friends and family as Wil, wearing a face mask in her bathroom. Alice Wu provides a brillant…

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‘Booksmart’: Not Entirely By The Book

In the past couple of years, we have been very lucky to be blessed with a number of great coming-of-age films. In 2016 we got The Edge of Seventeen, we were then given Lady Bird in 2017, and just last year were given Eighth Grade. It wouldn’t be fair if the yearly tradition of relatable,…

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Here We Go Again: Why I’m Sick of The Way Lesbian Relationships Are Portrayed on TV

I feel like a bad bi girl for saying this, but I’ve never watched Wynonna Earp. Even more criminal, I never watched Supergirl past season one, and I don’t plan on going back and watching either of these shows. I know what you’re thinking. Before you go and attack me with your stray bullets, please…

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There’s Something I Want You To Know: Coming Out On The Internet

Ingrid Nilsen’s words ricochet against the silence as she sobs to the camera, finally sharing a truth she feels the need to share to become her true, authentic self. Just fifteen minutes of entirely unmoderated footage (with the only exceptions being for when Nilsen cut out hysterical sobbing on her part), she spills everything. Or…

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Are They or Aren’t They? A Call For Less “Coding” And More Explicitly LGBT Characters In Modern Film

Recently, I had the pleasure of watching the Tetsuya Nakashima film Kamikaze Girls for the first time. It’s a saturated wonderland of a film. It is as charming as it is creative and I could easily go on about how much I loved its characters and unique costume design. However, in spite of these strengths,…

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