Andre Braugher is a straight man playing a gay character. He benefits from our lives and narratives. He benefits from us. It’s important to be aware of that.
Captain Holt is wonderful representation. He defies stereotypes and is not defined by his sexuality. He just happens to be gay. However, he is the only queer main character. We all acknowledge that having multiple characters of color from different backgrounds is important, the same thing applies to queer characters.
Stephanie Beatriz tweeting that Rosa dates “whoever turns her on the most,” in response to whether or not Rosa would date a woman grossly sexualizes wlw identities. It’s not just about sex.
Just because I can head canon these characters as queer doesn’t mean the writers and producers are intending that, or that they would be okay with it, and they should not get points for leaving it up to interpretation because we don’t know if that was intentional, or just a symptom of heteronormativity.
In the episode, “Captain Peralta” in season two, Gina used the word “asexual” as a derogatory term against Amy and Terry. As an ace person, that line was really upsetting to me, and I don’t think it should be ignored
EDIT: Holt and Gina have both talked about lesbians insultingly or said someone “looks like a lesbian” as an insult. (thanks bisexualinetti)
Don’t get me wrong, I love Brooklyn Nine Nine. It’s an amazing show, and it’s leagues ahead of most other mainstream shows, especially sitcoms. But it’s not perfect and we need to stop putting it on a pedestal.