“Mr. Shue!” You exclaim as Coach Beiste walks into the choir room. “Can I call Sebastian to cancel our date tonight? Blaine just reminded me it’s family night.”
“Sure, Y/N, just stay on speaker phone.” He replies offhandedly, not really paying attention.
You stand and move to the side of the room, pulling your phone out as you do so.
You sigh as you dial his number. The whole Glee Club is staring at you, and he’s not going to be happy that you have to cancel.
“Hey, Y/N.” His voice causes you to grin.
“Hey, Bas, you’re on speaker so be nice.” You caution him, worried he might say something negative.
“So I shouldn’t comment about how ridiculous Kurt looks when-”
“Nope! No you shouldn’t do that.” You exclaim. You catch Kurt rolling his eyes and sigh. “Anyway, I have to cancel for tonight. It’s family night at our house and my mom will kill me if I skip.”
“It’s just one time.” He complains.
“Except it’s not. I missed the last two for our dates.” You rub your neck and Sebastian sighs.
Mr. Shue turns around and you speak again.
“I’ve gotta go, Seb. Love you, bye.”
You freeze. You and Sebastian hadn’t said “those three words” yet. But a slip of the tongue had caused you to let him know.
You can’t do anything but stare at your phone as Mr. Shue claps his hands.
A sound that is clearly not a clap rings through the room, followed closely by screams.
“Was that a-”
Another crack rings out and your phone slips from your hands in shock. Your school is under fire. There’s a shooter inside of McKinley High.
Sebastian stared at his phone in shock. Just moments after you declared your love to him, accidentally it seemed, two sounds like gunshots rang out.
“Sebastian? Are you okay? We need to start practice.” One of the Warblers came up to him.
He brushed past them.
“Turn on the tv.” He ordered, grabbing the remote and doing it himself when they were too slow.
“We are at McKinley High School right now, where there may be a shooter inside the building. Earlier this afternoon, two gunshots rang out, causing the school to go on lockdown. Although some students were lucky enough o be outside, a majority of them are still inside and stuck until the police give the all clear.”
Sebastian didn’t wait any longer. He was out the door before any of the Warblers could even try to protest. Not that they would. When Sebastian started dating Y/N, he was nicer. None of them wanted him to go back to the old Sebastian. They only hoped she would be okay.
“Sam please sit down!” You hissed, clutching the edge of Blaine’s sleeve. “Mr. Shue is getting Brittany. You can’t do anything else!”
Sam reluctantly sat down, and you leaned closer to your brother.
Blaine had his arms wrapped around you protectively.
He’d been born seven minutes earlier and that had left him with a protective streak over you.
The door opened and you tensed, until you saw the familiar red and white of a Cheerios uniform and the curly hair of a glee supervisor.
You sighed in relief and tears slipped down your face.
Sam stood up to hug Brittany and you looked up at them.
What did Sebastian think was happening? Had he even heard the gunshots or was he stuck wondering.
Voices echoed through the hallway, bringing the news of an all clear.
You cried and relaxed against Blaine, and you felt a tear drop on your hair from him.
This had been the worst fear of your life, and you were ready to leave the school.
“Blaine! Y/N!” Tina yelled, before running towards the two of you.
You stood there, hugging, and Tina was crying with relief.
When the hug ended, you and Tina both had streaks on your cheeks.
“I was so worried!” Tina said through sobs. “I’m so sorry.”
“We’re glad you’re safe, Tina.” Blaine said, rubbing her back. He glanced over her shoulder and his eyes narrowed, before relaxing and looking at you.
“Y/N, I think there’s someone here to see you.”
You look where he’s indicating and smile, before rushing to the boy in the blazer.
His arms wrap around you and your bury your face against his chest, inhaling his calming scent.
His hands run through your hair as fresh tears leak from your eyes.
In The Quarterback, people always cry at the Santana scene and the Rachel scene. Those are really sad, but the parts that always make me cry the most are when Mr. Schue cries and especially the scene with Puck and Beiste in the locker room.
Join us in welcome Dot Marie Jones to ClexaCon 2018!
Dot Marie Jones has received three consecutive Emmy® Award nominations (2011, 2012, 2013) for her role as football coach ‘Shannon Beiste’ on FOX’s megahit television show Glee.
Another fan favorite is her role as ‘Rosengurtle Baumgartener’ in the film Boondock Saints. Other film and television roles include Patch Adams, Modern Family, Jane the Virgin, 2 Broke Girls, Married with Children, Nip/Tuck, Teachers, Venice the Series, Prison Break as well as numerous other roles.
Kurt and Blaine couldn’t stand each other in high school, maybe one was a jock/cheerleader and the other a nerd/glee clubber. Or they were bitter rivals for competition solos if they were both in glee club. Now they both live in NY and their friends set them up on a blind date, not knowing they went to the same high school.
High School AU, Cheerio!Kurt, Jock!Blaine Rating: Explicit Warnings: some bullying and homophobic language, teenage sex Word Count: ~4500 (this chapter)
Happy Birthday!! and thanks to my superbeta @mshoneysucklepink. I think I rewrote this chapter 3 times so she had her work cut out for her.
Senior year started in less than a week, and Cheerios practice had started the week before and he had plenty of things to think about instead. He did. He didn’t have time to waste on thoughts of fumbling hands and pretty eyes and orgasms shared with anyone. He didn’t.
I don’t even know how to caption this. This still hits me so hard every time. Not just the emotion, but the message behind this is so important. She was with him because she didn’t think any one else would ever love her, and now she decides that loving herself is enough. She chooses to love herself, instead of being loved by someone who didn’t deserve her.
Love yourself, so no one has to. It’s the most important thing.
i heard a few weeks back that dot-marie jones’ character on glee, Coach Beiste, had recently been rewritten as a trans man for the show’s last season. after 4 years of playing a strong, tomboy-ish, very masculine cis woman who identified with womanhood and identified as straight, jones is now going to play a trans man (presumably gay) – which has also been a convenient excuse to write glee’s black trans girl character out of the show.
this development makes me really angry as a butch woman and as a feminist. Jones was quoted in People, saying: “I just didn’t want to let down the girls who are straight and tomboys that my character represented the last four seasons…But I got the script and I was, like, ‘Oh my God. This is amazing.’ ”
the problem is that this does let down girls and women who do not fit the stereotypical definition of womanhood or who don’t conform to the norm of compulsory femininity. coach beiste was an island of representation, especially for straight masc women who are frequently assumed to be gay because they don’t fit the boxes laid out for women. now that representation has been turned into something else, which has the potential to leave these girls and women confused about who they are and leaves them with no real media representation.
as a masculine woman, i often - so often - feel out of place, othered by my non-performance of femininity, by the ways i perform masculinity, and by what feel like my failures to ever achieve a masculine ideal. i share little with many feminine women with regard to social performance, but i cannot deny what i share with them in our identities, our attitudes, and often our experiences as well.
i have felt pressure to transition; i question my gender all the time and have felt a pull towards immersing myself in masculinity and coming out as a man if only to reduce my cognitive dissonance and others’ inability to put me in a box. i am made to feel like what i am cannot be what a woman is, even though i live as proof to the contrary.
when a person like coach beiste identifies as a woman, that helps to expand our definition of what women are, who they are, and from a feminist perspective helps to distance women from heteropatriarchal ideas of what they can and must be. same when someone like myself identifies as a woman.
part of why i think coach beiste’s coming out and transition are harmful is that glee is reneging on all of the mind-expanding work the character did as a straight masculine woman, who loved being a woman and loved being attracted to men. i know that many trans people do not come out or are not safe enough to come out until late in life, and that does not in any way invalidate their experiences. i know that many are resolutely and often self-destructively or defensively attached to their assigned genders at birth, and that this is a common cover-up for people who have yet to come to terms with their identities. but i think glee is doing this for ratings and PC brownie points, and in the process they are conveying that no matter what coach beiste said in the past about loving being a woman, that doesn’t make any sense and is forgotten in his coming out as trans; they make a mockery of coach beiste’s experience as a masc woman and stand to harm gender non-conforming women – and really all women – by tossing out beiste’s womanhood so cavalierly.
This letter is my first step into legally transitioning from a woman to a man. […] I’ve always been attracted to men, and-and they say that’s not gonna change. […] I know this may seem sudden to you, but it doesn’t to me. […] I’ve felt like this my whole life. Growing up, I was… I was really confused. I thought I was just a tomboy. So, I got into sports, I started coaching football, and I wrestled hogs in my free time, but no matter what I did, I never felt at home in my own skin. I never felt like my body fit who I was on the inside. I don’t hate being a woman, and I don’t regret the things I’ve been through, because they’ve made me the person I am today. A person strong enough to go through with this transition. I got to do it for my own peace of mind. I got to get my body in alignment with how I see myself.
Hi, can you recommend more faberry fics? I loved the ones you recommended, but... like... more please? :)
I’m going to
assume you read the other fics that were written by those authors (like
K’sChoiceofAFI, WaveGoodbye, and poetzproblem, even if I didn’t necessarily rec
the specific fic? Because everything they do is really good).
multichapter fics are ones that are pretty good, just not my personal favorites
(I wouldn’t rec them if I didn’t think they weren’t well written!):
Steps - Rachel, bottoming out completely, is doing a show in Vegas
and, as a distraction from her life, gets dragged to a strip club by Puck.
She hasn’t seen Quinn in 8 years. This isn’t how she wanted them to
see each other again.
Sun Showers -
AU. Quinn Fabray, of the Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps, is shipped to Morocco
for the Allied invasion of North Africa. A calamitous beach landing brings her
to Navy flight nurse Rachel Berry. Raise their happy eyes up to flaming skies.
Faberry in WWII.
Little Cubby - Quinn and baby Beth are partnered with Rachel at a
school-sponsored haunted house. Happy Halloween!
Just off the
Key of Reason - Faberry AU. Future fic. Rachel Berry is a successful
Broadway star with a new roommate, the very odd, naive Quinn Fabray. It starts
with a note on the fridge and a childishly scrawled doodle of an elephant.
Everybody has a little crazy in them.
Machina - Rachel Berry always knew that she was a little bit
psychic. In fact, Rachel Berry thought she knew just about everything. That is,
until a spirit that refused to die entered her life like a train-wreck.
of Silence - Quinn and Rachel meet at Haverbrook under unusual
circumstances. Why is Rachel silent? And why does Quinn care? “You can
hear,” Quinn said simply, “but can you speak?”; “Yes,”
Rachel signed. “I can speak. But silence is a friend who will never
Confused - S1. Lingering feelings for Jesse and a budding
relationship with Finn. Things just couldn’t get more confusing. Until the last
person Rachel expects enters the mix.
Secret Santa -
S2. Mr. Schuester pulls out his top hat again for a round of Secret Santa, and Quinn
is less than pleased to see who she’ll be giving twelve special gifts to.
Hungry Again - “Rachel’s first thought is that she’s too thin,
too unclean, and entirely too beautiful to be living on the street.” For
the Faberry Week 2014 prompt “Age Difference.” A Little Bit
of Hope - Quinn and Rachel spend Thanksgiving day volunteering at
the Bowery Mission, giving out meals and blessing bags to the homeless. Set in
the Never Go Hungry Again ‘verse. (this is a oneshot, but goes with the previous story)
She Drives A
Vegetable Car Except Not Really - Quinn has a crush on a girl who takes
the same underground train she takes everyday. She tries to strike a
conversation or two, but always ends up failing and worse, embarrassed. Will
she be able to meet her?
Kiss Me -
This is a fill for this prompt over the rq meme on LJ. “In order to raise
money for the bus to Sectionals/Regionals/Nationals… whatever, Rachel comes
up with the brilliant idea for them to set up a kissing booth in order to raise
It’s not a
matter of you versus me - Finn decides that the best way to settle
differences between the New Directions and The Troubletones is through
Dodgeball. Quinn agrees to play, but she’s got some other difference in mind to
settle with. Spoilers through ep3x06.
a room with a
view - “Quinn starts calling her 'Broadway’ in her head because
the girl seems to stick to singing Broadway songs and, sometimes, she can hear
her watching musicals. Broadway, of course, knows every single song.”
Quinn gets a new neighbor. Faberry. AU.
the one with
the friends reference - “You can see it. Quinn standing in
front of you, as close as she can get without touching you and saying, 'Are you
attracted to me’” Faberry. Post-season six. love love or
whatever, take a number - “It’s possible that it just
came down to you not knowing how to compromise all of your progress over the
years for something that Rachel may or may not be really feeling.”
Faberry. Sequel to “the one with the friends reference”
*as stated, these fics are companion pieces
Yours Truly -
The guidance counselor at her daughter’s school keeps emailing her unfounded
concerns, and there’s only so many times she can avoid the woman. Though, after
meeting Dr. Fabray, Rachel can’t work out why she ever avoided her in the first
- Broadway star and Tony winner, Rachel Berry, decides to play a prank on one
unsuspecting student at Yale. It does not go as planned. One-shot.
- Quinn’s that roommate that normal people wouldn’t want. She has a
bad dye-job, nose piercing, and Rachel’s 98% positive she once saw Quinn
sacrificing a pig. But as Rachel’s second favorite saying goes, “You can’t
judge a book by its cover, just by its Amazon reviews.” What was a
tentative friendship turns into a lot more than what Rachel Berry ever
bargained or connived for.
The Music of
the Night - Rachel is dapper and clever and kind, and Quinn never
imagined she’d meet somebody at a place with light-up poles and a Broadway
soundtrack. For Faberry Week: Meeting Frannie and Age Difference.
My Blobs of
Pink Happiness - Quinn brings baby Beth to the
high school carnival, where they run into Rachel Berry. Fantastically fluffy.
Let it Snow
Baby, Let it Reindeer - Quinn has a goal this
Christmas. A goal that she hopes to accomplish with the help of her baby, some
snowmen, and a sled race. Rachel won’t know what hit her.
Brilliantly Tangled Thanksgiving - Quinn and baby
Beth are having some issues hanging Christmas lights on Thanksgiving, when
Rachel stops by with a homemade pumpkin pie. Happy Thanksgiving!
(… what can I say, I’m a sucker for “Quinn kept Beth and they both love Rachel” stories)
Coach Beiste - S2. Shannon is surprised at how much she has in
common with someone unexpected. Related to Colder Alone. Colder Alone -
S2. A typical confrontation with Rachel leads Quinn to ponder what might have
been. Related to Beauty and Coach Beiste.
*as stated in these summaries, these stories are companions
A Little Lamb
- Canon thru S1E21. Beth Puckerman-Fabray is just like her mother.
Pucker Berry -
S2. A party, mistletoe, and glue - not exactly the recipe Rachel needs to break
her track record of bad Christmases, but it might get her something she never
even knew she wanted.
Chapters: 16/? Fandom: Glee Rating: Teen And Up Audiences Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings Relationships: Blaine Anderson/Kurt Hummel Characters: Kurt Hummel, Blaine Anderson, Rachel Berry, Finn Hudson, Noah Puckerman, Santana Lopez, Sue Sylvester, Brittany S. Pierce, Artie Abrams, Carmen Tibideaux, Jesse St. James, Quinn Fabray, Sam Evans, Mercedes Jones, Kitty Wilde, Sebastian Smythe, Jake Puckerman, Marley Rose, Ryder Lynn, Will Schuester, Emma Pillsbury, Coach Beiste Additional Tags: Competition, Reality TV, Alternate Universe, Eventual Blaine Anderson/Kurt Hummel, Blaine Anderson & Sam Evans Friendship, Kurt Hummel & Rachel Berry friendship, Duet, Slow Burn Summary:
“You want to have a duel?” The New Directions never existed. Follow around Kurt, Blaine, and the rest of the New Directions as they face one another to become America’s hottest new Duo. The catch. They also have to face cut-throat judges and an executive named Sue. Heavy on Klaine. So who will be American’s newest singing Duo? Come along for the adventure.
I loved Puck and Beiste’s friendship so much. They both have tough exteriors but are actually pretty sensitive people and their friendship allowed both of them to be themselves and share their feelings.
(As part of our trans visibilty day series, we invite our trans friends and followers to submit your stories @AGoodEqualTime)
Last september, Amazon launched Transparent, which is the first TV show ever where the main character is a trans. Transparent is about a 60 year old man, named Mort, who comes out as a women. The creator of the show explained that the story is based on her own father who transitioned a few years ago.
Since Transparent marks a crossroad in the way trans are represented in television, it’s time for us to take a look on trans characters through the years.
While during the 70’s, there were very few gay and trans characters in TV shows, Carlotta, a transgender actress, played a recurring transgender character is the australian series Number 96 back in 1973.
In the 80’s and 90’s, while gay characters are slowly becoming more frequent, trans remain anecdotics except for Anna Madrigal in Tales of the City (then More Tales of the City and Further Tales of the City) who reveals that she used to be a man until her 40’s.
In the late 90’s early 2000’s most of the time trans are either travestites or prostitutes in shows like the CSI franchise or Law and Order. They are victims or witnesses of crimes and usually they are still caricatural characters. But slowly, some trans supporting characters, more important and more complexes in their psychological development are appearing. However, those representations tend to use two recurring themes: the family secret and the difficulties to transition from a gender to another. Here’s a retrospective of some of the most famous trans characters through the 2000’s.
In Nip/Tuck (2004), Ava Moore (Famke Janssen) is a MtF trans. She is as sexy as she is manipulative and psychopath. Very smart, Ava is kind of a praying mantis who sleeps with very young men.
In the cult series about a lesbian subculture in Los Angeles, The L World (2006-2009), Moira is a lesbian butch, masculine, which is one of the main characters from seasons 3-6. Because she isn’t totally accepted by other lesbians, Moira eventually decides to take male hormones. She gradually turns into a man, Max, and becomes very aggressive. His girlfriend ends up leaving him, not wanting to go out with a man. This particular character has been criticized by the transgender community because in their opinion, the character is a caricature and give rise to many transphobic remarks from other characters.
In Dirty Sexy Money (2007), Carmelita is the transgender mistress of a wealthy New Yorker family son. Played by Candis Cayne, a transgender actress, Carmelita is one of the main characters of the first season.
Ugly Betty’s Alexis Meade (2006-2008) is a powerful editor and a respected fashion icon. Step by step, the public learns her secret, Alexis used to be known as Alex, her transition is still a family secret and is, even though as a background story, one of the dramatic forces of the series.
In all those TV shows, trans characters are essentially MtF, most of the time white, occidental and heterosexual. Most of them are also either from or living in the upper class. However, in the last few years, some different trans characters have emerged. Those new characters are deeper on the psychological level and closer to the reality of what trans are.
For example, Glee’s Unique Adams (2010) is the first openly trans character in that series already noted for sexual diversity of its characters. Moreover, Unique is a Bla women, which is also fairly new in the landscape of transgender characters. In the last season, the episode “Transition” features a 200-member choir comprised of transgender singers from all over America, leads by Unique. This episode is the one in which sports coach Shannon Beiste returns to his job for the first time after announcing his gender reassignment.
Orange is the New Black is also significant on that matter since Sophia Bursett (2012 to now) is a transgender woman in prison for bank fraud (she used the money to pay his transition). Her gender isn’t an issue for anyone on the show and her main concern is to reconnect with her 12 years old son. Sophia is one of the most balanced and endearing characters of the series, thanks to talent of the actress playing her, Laverne Cox, transgender herself and Trans rights activist.
To explain why trans characters have been somehow treated differently in the last few years, we could point out that our society being generally more accepting of homosexuality also allows us to progressively show a larger range of sexuality and, by extension, gender in the characters, trans included.
Also, the fact that more and more shows are LGBTQ+ friendly in general, allows trans characters to be a bit more present in television. This is the case with Grey’s Anatomy, openly LGBTQ+ friendly, which addressed the transgender issue in some episodes in the past and once again in the last few episodes.
The film industry, which always been freer than television, also opened the way decades earlier, with films such as Priscilla Queen of the Desert (1994) or Transamerica (2005).
But even now the trans representation remains far from ideal. In the United States, the GLAAD association analyzed the TV productions featuring trans characters since 2002 and notes that they are still too often represented either as victims or as villains. However we are hoping that TV shows such as Orange is the New Black and Transparent, where trans aren’t freaks or psychotics, will lead the way and push all the networks to offer more realistic trans characters.