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Posted Wednesday 7/11/18 at 1:35PM EDT
Ryan Murphy calls Pose “the highlight of my career”
Murphy praised Janet Mock, the first transgender woman of color to direct a TV show with this week's episode, which she also wrote, at a screening of her episode on Tuesday night. Murphy called the making of Pose "very moving" that he decided to donate his profits from the FX seires to trans and LGBTQ non-profit organizations. It was Murphy's idea to have Mock direct an episode after reading her memoir. “Directing was never on my list of things,” she said. “I didn’t think it was a possibility.” ALSO: Why Murphy purposefully took a back seat on Pose.
Posted Thursday 7/05/18 at 8:54PM EDT
Steven Universe creator: Same-sex marriage proposal was "years in the making"
The animated Cartoon Network series' July 4 episode took a big leap when it comes to LGBTQ depictions in children's cartoons by showing a same-sex marriage proposal between two female characters, Ruby and Sapphire. As Zack Sharf explains, "the same-sex marriage proposal is one of the more groundbreaking moments for LGBTQ representation in children’s cartoon programming. Shows such as Disney XD’s Star vs. the Forces of Evil have depicted a gay kiss in the past, while Nickelodeon’s The Legend of Korra has teased its lead character’s relationship with another female character, but a marriage proposal is an entirely different level for LGBTQ visibility." Creator Rebecca Sugar says of the proposal: “I wanted to really create an image of a queer couple that makes sense together. Usually the couple is a man and a woman. But you don’t show that love can exist between two men or two women. I wanted to create equal-opportunity love stories for children.
Posted Wednesday 6/27/18 at 9:42PM EDT
Why The Walking Dead should make Daryl gay and in a relationship with Aaron
How can Norman Reedus' character be the next leader of the apocalypse when he's a loner? Rachel Cavanaugh has an idea: Make Daryl gay. "Daryl’s popularity, after all, has long relied on his brooding charm," she says. "He’s not the type that takes control of a group. In order for this character arc to be plausible, Daryl needs a major story development to trigger the change. One thing that would do the trick is a theory that’s been circulating fandom for years: Daryl is gay. Giving him a coming-out story in the forthcoming season nine, centered around a relationship with Aaron (played by Ross Marquand), would make the transition convincing while also bringing compelling character drama back to the show."
Posted Thursday 6/21/18 at 7:07PM EDT
Shadowhunters fans donate to The Trevor Project in response to Freeform's cancelation
So far, Shadowhunters fans have raised $13,000 in conjunction with their #SaveShadowhunters campaign for the nonprofit that aides LGBTQ youth as part. The fans wanted to "raise awareness and also showcase the generosity of the Shadowhunters fandom."
Posted Friday 6/15/18 at 10:55PM EDT
Queer Eye's return for Season 2 begs the question: How "queer" is it?
"It’s 2018—how is there a popular new TV show that portrays gay guys as sassy hairdressers, fashionistas, interior designers, platonic best friends, and underwear models who appear to mostly live off amuse-bouches?" says Spencer Kornhaber. "A skeptic of 'woke' culture might argue that the success of Netflix’s rebooted Queer Eye is a sign of latent hunger for the comfort of stereotypes. A sociologist might say we’re seeing the results of decades of prejudice funneling queer men into trades coded as feminine. A superfan might echo the company line, as once articulated by home-décor guru Bobby Berk: 'We’re just five guys who happen to be experts in our field, and who happen to be gay.' The truth probably combines all three explanations. But as highlighted in the second season that now arrives just four months after the first, Queer Eye is queer on a level deeper than its sanctifying of homosexuals as domestic superheroes."
Posted Friday 6/08/18 at 11:16PM EDT
Queer Eye will do its first-ever makeover for a transgender man
“That episode for me I think is one of the most powerful episodes that will ever be seen on TV,” says Karamo Brown of the Season 2 episode. "First of all, usually when we see the first trans experience, we usually see it through the lens of a trans woman. We never really see our trans brothers being highlighted and showing their experience."
Posted Monday 6/04/18 at 9:38PM EDT
Jazz Jennings to undergo gender confirmation surgery later this month
The 17-year-old TLC I Am Jazz star, who was born a male but identifies as female, released a video titled “Preparing For Gender Confirmation Surgery" to keep her fans abreast of her scheduled June 26 surgery.
Posted Monday 6/04/18 at 9:38PM EDT
Evan Rachel Wood says Westworld cut out a queer moment she had promised
Wood responded today after a fan brought up an interview from April in which she said that "we’ll give you something. As a queer person, I’m like, 'More.' We will not leave you high and dry. That’s what I’m going to say."
Posted Friday 6/01/18 at 11:47PM EDT
FX's Pose is unlikely any previous TV show -- a fact that it knows, relishes and celebrates
The Ryan Murphy co-created 1980s ball scene drama is simply revolutionary, says Caroline Framke. "FX’s new drama devotes the kind of attention (and budget) that typically goes to conflicted straight male antiheros to the glittering grunge of New York City’s ballroom scene circa 1987," she says. "It centers LGBTQ communities whose ambitions are so much bigger than the infinitesimal spaces society affords them. It weaves stories of triumph and steel will with the creeping terror of the AIDS epidemic that constantly reminded everyone that this one wild night could very well be their last. Its stars are lost queer teens, hopeless romantic sex workers, defiant trans matriarchs." As Murphy's last FX series before heading to Netflix, she says, "Pose’s devotion to queer spectacle makes for a fitting final note, especially given Murphy’s purported business ethos of extending a hand beyond his own experiences to lift up others that would have a much harder time getting noticed without him."
- Pose is radical even in a RuPaul's Drag Race world: "What that reality show doesn’t do, and should not be expected to, is dig deeply into the social, class and racial politics that align against a marginalized community determined to live and be treated as first-class citizens nevertheless," says Melanie McFarland.
- Pose is the Fame we all wanted Rise to be: "Groundbreaking yet traditional, unique yet wonderfully old-fashioned"
- It feels like Angels in America or Netflix's G.L.O.W. by re-examining the 1980s to better understand today
- Co-creator Steven Canals writes of the dificult journey bringing the groundbreaking trans series to TV
- Ryan Murphy and casting director Alexa L. Fogel spent six months in the trans community to make sure it got the casting right
Posted Friday 5/25/18 at 7:45PM EDT
How Vida filmed its "radical" lesbian sex scene
“It’s a radical act to put two brown bodies on the screen already, but to put two queer bodies having queer sex like this is a political act,” creator Tanya Saracho says of Episode 3 of her Starz series. “I knew, if we got it right, it was going to be really important because we don’t see this representation, this imagery, ever, really. I’m so proud of it.”
Posted Tuesday 5/22/18 at 6:12AM EDT
Stephanie Beatriz discusses how her own bisexuality informed Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Rosa
Did she always play Rosa as queer? "I’ve always thought that if you were to ask Rosa, she would say, 'Yeah, I date whoever I want,' but that is not something she would ever discuss with anyone at work, because she’s Rosa," she says. "She’s not going to talk about her personal life." Beatriz also recounts how co-creator Dan Goor asked if she'd like to do a storyline about Rosa coming out as bisexual and her role in developing the story with the writers.
Posted Monday 5/21/18 at 6:27PM EDT
Love Connection Season 2 will feature "all gay guys" edition and the ditching of “love-or-money" twist
Andy Cohen previewed the second season of his Fox game show, promising "more happy endings" since contestants won't be able to take the money and run.
Posted Saturday 5/12/18 at 12:41AM EDT
Glee's Kevin McHale says he was never hiding his sexuality
"If somebody was a big fan and following everything I was doing (on social media), like the people I interact with on Twitter on a daily basis, I think there was zero surprise. People knew," McHale, who recently came out as gay, said when asked if he had been hiding his sexuality all these years.
Posted Wednesday 5/09/18 at 1:30PM EDT
Ryan Murphy: I'm donating 100% of my Pose profits to LGBTQ charities
"I am donating 100 percent of my profits from my new FX show POSE towards trans and LGBTQ charitable organizations," the TV honcho tweeted. "These groups do amazing work and need our support. Every day for the next 14 days I will highlight a group I'm supporting, and encourage you to do the same!"
Posted Friday 5/04/18 at 10:26PM EDT
Vida tackles gentrification in a fresh, new way
The Starz drama about Mexican-American sisters that is staffed by a writers room of exclusively Latinx writers "doesn’t address gentrification through a single story line, episode, or a few lines of dialogue," says Jen Chaney, "it’s embedded in the premise of the whole series and in the identities of the characters it thoughtfully portrays." She adds: "Scripted TV has tackled the subject of gentrification a lot in the recent past. Search Party, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, She’s Gotta Have It, Girls, the web series The North Pole, BoJack Horseman, The Last O.G., High Maintenance: In ways large and small, all of these shows and others have shed light on what the transformation of American cities (mostly New York and L.A.) looks like, from the perspective of the young people doing the gentrifying and the neighborhood old-timers watching their communities get whited out. But even in this environment, the new Starz series Vida feels like something new."
- Vida has a so-so family tale, but it delves effortlessly into the compelling drama of gentrification
- Vida is able to able to avoid centering its stories of otherness, migration, and gentrification on whiteness
- Vida gives short shrift to issues that trouble Mexican-American culture
- Starz approached creator Tanya Saracho with the basic idea for Vida: "They wanted a female millennial show about gentefication, which is the gentrification of a Latinx space"