With Pride month here, and ends of rainbows at every corner, I figured this was a good time to talk about inclusivity. Over the last few years, I personally have seen an increase of representation of the different spectrums in the queer community. I see more rep for people with disabilities, for queer people of color, for different body types, and for nonbinary gender spectrums. It’s about damn time! Very often these people are the most visible in our communities on the street level, just look at the hate crimes committed against transfolks and how many of them are people of color, but they aren’t represented in our media, our literature, and unfortunately our history.
Queer identity is not a white invention, and it’s not a cis invention. I think we should all let the “minorities” (whatever that even means cause they’re often the ones who get most activism done) of our communities have a spotlight on them more often, and in order to do that, we should promote and consume media that is either made by, or represents the people who have been overshadowed. So here are some recommendations on how you can diversify your month (and hopefully all your media in the future).
FX’s Pose is a show that’s going into it’s second season and for some reason (*cough*lgbt poc cast and crew*racism*cough*) I haven’t heard a single thing about it. Maybe it just never reached my circles of influence, but I highly doubt that that’s the main reason. The show focuses on a group of poc queer folks, many of whom are trans, and deals with the AIDs crisis. It looks super good. The fist season is on Netflix, and the second started airing on the 3rd of June.
Vida is a show that I’m sure y’all heard about, but if not then here you go. It focuses on two Mexican-American siblings, and follows them as they navigate life after the passing of their mother. One of them is a queer woman, and I heard that the show is great. If only I had Starz.
Special A new show on Netflix, based on a true story, about a gay man with cerebral palsy. It has a nice m/f friendship, and his best friend is a woman of color who writes about body positivity. It’s funny and it’s not a heavy show.
Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga is a new Bollywood movie on Netflix, and I literally added this in after scheduling this blog cause I don’t want anyone to miss out. I haven’t seen it, but from what I understand it’s one of the first mainstream Indian movies with a wlw story. I’m gonna check this out asap.
If you’re a fan of Supergirl, then you know that the newest season introduced the trans actor Nicole Maines as Nia Nal, a trans superhero. Her very presence on a show like that is already doing a lot, but may I suggest also getting Becoming Nicole by Amy Ellis Nutt if you’re someone who enjoys biographies.
Dreadnought by April Daniels is the first YA book I have legitimately enjoyed in the last six years. It follows Danny a trans lesbian superhero, as she deals with her transition, a transphobic family and new responsibilities as she takes up the mantle of the legendary Dreadnought after his demise. I finished this duology in like two days, and that doesn’t happen very often (aka almost never).
I already recommended this book once, but I’ll do it again dammit. Ammonite by Nicola Griffith is amazing?! It’s sci-fi, but also I feel like people who aren’t into that will still enjoy this book. It’s really really good. Griffith is an author of a lot of queer fiction (so just read all of her back list really), but she’s also on this list because she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in ’93. She also has a wife, which is really cool. Queer people with spouses become a x1000 cooler in my eyes the moment I find out, like good for y’all, you got ’em.
Also here are a few podcasts that deal with queer history or interviews and talks that include a wide variety of queer folks: Making Gay History, History is Gay, Nancy, Queery, Queer as Fact. These are the ones I listen to or know of, but there are a billion more out there.
There’s a lot of things out there that can broaden our views and let us experience a wider range of this amazing community. I hope that the handful I suggested helps you have an awesomer summer! Let me know if there are other things you’re watching/reading/consuming, I want to join you.