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WHAT DO WE WANT? QUEER WITCHES! WHEN DO WE WANT ‘EM? NOW!

TV/Film

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow and Tara are possibly the most famous fictional queer witches on TV. Their relationship began in season 4 when Willow goes to college and finishes (to our still strong denial) at the end of season 6 in an episode that collectively broke thousands of hearts. Despite falling prey to the Tragic Lesbian trope Willow and Tara were beautiful and real for the time they were with us and so they’re at the top of this list (literally, that’s them in the picture!)

The Witches of East End character Joanna is queer. The writers have said that they think she’d avoid using labels but that bisexual is descriptive and right. Her ex-girlfriend appears in the episode Boogie Knights and at least one other episode I think.

True Blood has Lafayette Reynolds who is a medium/witch. He’s gay and one of the main characters throughout the whole series. I haven’t actually watched more than a few seasons but I know that in the 3rd, 4th and 5th seasons at least there is also Jesus Velasquez who is a brujo and the one to introduce Lafayette to his magic (also they’re boyfriends for at least some of that time I’m not sure how long since I never finished the series).

All Cheerleaders Die is a cheesy horror film with, I’ve heard, a lesbian witch called Leena. Read more about it (x) Trigger warnings for rape.

Books

Half Bad (x) ‘the protagonist is a male bisexual witch and a side character who is also a witch is gay.’ - sea-hymn EDIT: Apparently it hasn’t been confirmed that Nathan is bisexual, but he’s had a possible crush on the gay character and shown interest in girls too. 

Sixteen-year-old Nathan lives in a cage: beaten, shackled, trained to kill. In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world’s most terrifying and violent witch, Marcus. Nathan’s only hope for survival is to escape his captors, track down Marcus, and receive the three gifts that will bring him into his own magical powers—before it’s too late.”

The Circle by Sara B. Elfgren and Mats Stransberg (x)

One night, when a strange red moon fills the sky, six school girls find themselves in an abandoned theme park, drawn there by a mysterious force. A student has just been found dead. Everyone suspects suicide. Everyone - except them.” Two of the main girl characters forge a relationship, it’s shown more in the second book I think, though I’ve only read the first on at this point.

The Sea Witch by Sarah Diemer (x) (Short Story)

The witch Meriel has spent her entire life in the lighthouse on tiny Bound Island. Upon the distant shore prowls an ancient sea god kept captive by a generations-old spell, a spell that Meriel alone must protect.

Like Stolen Pearls by Talya Andor (x) (Release Date: March 18th 2015)

"Bridgit Canliss is eager to accomplish her first mission as a newly-inducted member of the Lissian Knights, an order that protects the queendom of Aqueliss from supernatural horrors. Her resolve is sorely tested when she comes up against Sylvaine, a witch whose guile is exceeded only by her strange beauty, and genteel manner is at odds with the crimes she supposedly commits."

Selume Proferre by E.e. Ottoman (x)

"An-An Li-Johnson lives an easy-going, quiet life. She works part time at her friend’s bookstore, is active in the local LGBTQ scene, manages to avoid the occasional crazy ex, and does temp work for the big name spell-craft firm Simon and Davidson. Then she’s hired to work with M.C. Anderson, an up and coming exorcist at Simon and Davidson. M.C. is deeply involved in the world of high stakes spell-craft, determined to carve out a place for herself among the extremely hierarchical and old fashioned world of professional exorcists.”

The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare (x)

The character Magnus Bane was first introduced in The Mortal Instruments (which you might want to check out first if you don’t know who he is) and later got his own series of short stories in the Bane Chronicles. He’s a bisexual warlock and one of my favourite characters in the series.

The Broken Forest by Megan Derr (x) (Release Date: March 18th 2015)

"When women and children begin to vanish, the people of Edge village summon a Huntress. Though she is long due for a break and exhausted from her previous assignment, Adamina accepts the assignment and heads for Edge. But when she arrives, the simple assignment she anticipated proves instead to be complicated—complicated enough she must consult with a witch. A beautiful, compelling witch that makes Adamina sharply aware of her own lonely life, and temps her to make it less lonely. Assuming the forest doesn’t kill them first."

Gretel by Niamh Murphy (x) (Short Story)

Starving and lost, Hans, and his sister Gretel, are saved from a pack of bloodthirsty wolves by a woman, who seems to ask for nothing in return. Seduced by her kindness and beauty, Gretel grows closer to her, while Hans becomes ever more suspicious of her motives. Torn between her brother and a woman she has just met, Gretel soon learns she must make a choice between long held loyalty and newfound love.”

See also: This list (x) Let me know if you know of any books or films or whatever with main characters who are trans/non binary/asexual/aromantic/other identities and maybe there can be a part 2 to this list!

As a middle school student it is weird enough to run into your teachers in the grocery store or at the mall. But what about seeing your health and fitness instructor on the sidelines of the upcoming Super Bowl? Students of Wellesley Middle School in Wellesley, Mass., will have this experience on Sunday — their teacher Lauren Schneider is a cheerleader for the Patriots. 

A Teacher’s ‘Pinch Me’ Moment: Cheerleading The Super Bowl From The Sidelines

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