If you’re like me and need some LGBT-positive media to cope with the events in Orlando today, here’s some recommendations:
***This list is ALL things that have prominent LGBT characters that have happy endings. Not including things that are LGBT-positive but include deaths of LGBT characters or otherwise sad endings for the LGBT characters. Feel free to add on***
Movies (most of these are on Netflix):
-GBF: This is literally my go-to feel good movie. It’s all about how gross it is to fetishize gay men and is just so all-around fantastic
-But I’m a Cheerleader: a classic. Potential trigger warnings for conversion therapy, but I can reassure you that the message is against conversion therapy as a practice and the point of the movie is to condemn conversion therapy (also the two girls escape the camp and fall in love in the end so that’s good)
- Pride: Based on a historical event and an amazing feel-good film overall!
-The Birdcage: Starring Nathan Lane and Robin Williams. One of my favorites!
-Shortbus: An amazing (and incredibly NSFW due to nudity) movie about sexual exploration. Every queer character lives and has a happy ending
-Imagine Me and You: All the adorable cheesy lesbian content you need, tbh. Also a classic
-Hedwig and the Angry Inch: Some sad parts but ultimately very happy in the end
-Broad City: Ilana, one of the two main characters of the show is openly queer. One of my favorite shows!
-Rupaul’s Drag Race: A reality show, but one of my favorites. Somewhat problematic due to the use of the t-slur a couple of times, but ultimately it isn’t used much and is a good show.
-Orange is the New Black: Incredibly diverse, includes many queer women of color and none of them die (trigger warnings for transphobia scattered about, but the narrative ultimately supports the trans female character despite her struggles shown)
-Sense8: Includes a queer trans woman (played by a trans woman!) and a great couple of two men of color!
-Shadowhunters: one of the main characters, Alec, falls in love with a bisexual warlock named Magnus and they get together by the end of the season!
-The Legend of Korra: nothing too explicitly queer since it’s a children’s show, but by the end two girls end up together, and the creators of the show have been as explicit as possible about them being in love
-Steven Universe: Amazing! Incredibly open about their main lesbian couple and just a great feel good show in general
-Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidtt: An incredibly vibrant and cute show! One of the main characters is a gay black man named Titus and he’s respected within the narrative
-The Real O’Neals: a cute new comedy about an irish catholic kid who comes out to his family (and his family learns to support him)
Books (author’s names in parentheses):
-Carry On (Rainbow Rowell): A perfect fantasy novel with a queer main character who falls in love with his roommate and gets his happy ending. One of my favorite books of all time
-The Mortal Instruments Series (Cassandra Clare): Has some problematic elements (including the author herself) but the representation, especially of the bisexual character, is ultimately well written.
-Drag Teen (Jeffery Self): cute, cute CUTE. I cannot use the word cute enough.
-Boy Meets Boy (David Levithan): Honestly I cannot recommend David Levithan’s work in general enough. Amazing writer and all of his work is lgbt-centric!
-Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Benjamin Alire Sáenz): I debated adding this because it includes the gay-bashing of a queer character (trigger warning for that, by the way), but I ultimately decided to add it because it’s incredibly positive towards the LGBT characters overall, there’s a happy ending where the boys fall in love, and the book is almost entirely populated by people of color. Proceed with caution but do so knowing it’s mostly a happy book and is very positive overall
-Simon vs the Homosapien Agenda (Becky Albertalli): another book where I cannot use the word “cute” enough. wonderful wonderful book!
Sending all of my love to you guys during this time
A Saga of Galactic Corruption (A “Metroid Prime” AU): Act 1, Chapter 1
(As I always want to
do, I would like to dedicate this story to you readers. This, alongside my
other works, are experiments that I’ve wanted to put to work in my writing. I
am forever grateful for, not just what anyone likes in it, but what you think I
could work on in writing, story development, and any other countless
components. Though, do remember that this, as it’s called a FANfiction, there
is no way in Hell that this is ‘canon’ to the Metroid series. As always, I
Also, be on the
lookout for references to fiction masterpieces that are located in different
galaxies far, far away. I thought it’d be fascinating to experiment with adding
in Easter eggs, so, let me know what you think about that!)
YouTron Bounty Hunter: M. Fischbach
Galactic Calendar Date: 5.28.20X9
Space Log: 2.69.0001
It has been three
months since we brought swift justice to the Cosmic Radicalists – and, for that
long, Hunter Kjellberg has been mysteriously absent.
Though, it is supposed
that Kjellberg’s disappearance should not erase the success of our mission on
the planet Tatoon VII. The Radicalists would have massacred more of the
inhabitants, had we not destroyed their base. Knowing this, we were willing to
intervene without commission or payment. The lack of confirmation of our credit
is selfishly discouraging, yet, we have adjusted to it by now.
As of the time this log
is in the process of publication, the Galactic Federation has little to no information
as to our location and objectives – not that they should worry. Even in the
most evil of objectives, we would have no need to infiltrate their ships.
Our purpose now is to
In spite of his rather
snide attitude, his energy and actions in mission still reflect the true force
of his character, and his weaponry and combat training makes him far from a
liability. Even if this were false, Senator M. Bisognin only hopes he is safe –
as do Hunters Muysken, Barnes, McLoughlin, and I, Fischbach.
However, as I write,
there has been more recent news, reported by the YouTron Gunship.
A distress beacon has
been detected – one such with an electromagnetic wave nearly, if not, entirely
identical to that of the YouTron Hunters.
Felix. Felix Kjellberg
has been found. The search is over, and –
…Muysken just reported
in. Kjellberg’s distress beacon is at a location we have certainly not
expected, and brings great concern:
Over the planet
Branoine, there is a frigate identified as property of the Cosmic Radicalists.
It is with unsupported theories and unanswered questions that Kjellberg’s
distress beacon is sourced from this Frigate Valkyrie. Though I understand the
probability of surviving Radicalist troops even after our successful mission,
it is still troubling to reflect upon.
We can only hope
Kjellberg is alive and well, even since the triggering of the distress beacon.
“I feel that I have the right to have just as much as a man. There is a great stir about colored men getting their rights, but not a word about the colored women; and if colored men get their rights and colored women not theirs, the colored men will be masters over the women, and it will be just as bad as it was before,” the abolitionist Sojourner Truth said in 1867.
I am thinking about Truth, and so many other African-American female freedom fighters, because of the imminent release of the film Suffragette, starring Carey Mulligan. If that movie chronicles the struggle for the vote in Britain, it also brings to mind our own suffrage story. But though we may have vague notions of the American women who fought so heroically for the ballot on this side of the Atlantic, they are, in our minds, in our imaginations, in the photographs and first-person narratives that have come down to us, uniformly white people.
Who would blame you if you thought there were no African-American women who lent their hearts and minds, their intellects, their bodies to the suffrage cause! Rendered invisible in so many accounts, they were in fact doubly brave, fighting a dual oppression—marginalized, trivialized, humiliated, and dismissed for being both black and female.
Women like Naomi Anderson, a suffrage activist who gave a fiery, controversial speech at the first Women’s Rights Convention in Chicago in 1869, and Mary Ann Shadd Cary, the second black female attorney in the country, renowned for her tough oratory, who organized the Colored Women’s Progressive Franchise Association in 1880. Or Anna Julia Cooper, who once announced, “The old, subjective, stagnant, indolent, and wretched life for woman has gone. She has as many resources as men, as many activities beckon her on. As large possibilities swell and inspire her heart.” Or the educator Nannie Helen Burroughs, who asserted: “When the ballot is put into the hands of the American woman, the world is going to get a correct estimate of the Negro woman. It will find her a tower of strength of which poets have never sung, orators have never spoken, and scholars have never written.”
Or Elizabeth Piper Ensley, who fought for—and won—full suffrage for women of all races in Colorado in 1893. And what of Sarah Massey Overton, fighting for the vote in California in the early years of the 20th century? And Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, who had the prescience to state, “I do not think the mere extension of the ballot a panacea for all the ills of our national life. What we need today is not simply more voters, but better voters.” (Could there be truer words, with our own presidential election looming?)
Alas, while black women fought and fought hard, many of their Caucasian sisters remained locked in the racist conventions of the day. When the stunningly accomplished Ida B. Wells, who founded the Chicago-based Alpha Suffrage Club, arrived in Washington, D.C. to participate in the 1913 suffrage parade, organizers asked the black women if they would mind very much marching at the end of the demonstration.
nb ace boys r great
young ace boys r great
ace men r great
ace boys of color r great
disabled ace boys r great
neurodivergent ace boys r great
fat, chubby, or big ace boys r great
non conventionally attractive ace boys r great
conventionally attractive ace boys r great
trans ace boys r great
ace-spectrum boys r great
demi boys r great
aroace boys r great
ur all wonderful, ur aceness is not a waste, ur not wrong for being ace/ace spec.
masculinity is not inherently tied to overt sexuality, and ur not broken because you’re ace. ur not broken because u don’t experience sexuality in the “typical” way shown in media and society. ur aceness is amazing.
Back in high school, we were on the bus coming back from AcaDec interviews (extracurricular group that involves having to give an interview) when suddenly the guy I had a crush on started swearing up a storm.
When asked what was wrong, he told us that one of the other guy’s had told him that one of their question’s was “What’s your favorite color?”
“Well, what’s the problem?” Teacher-man asked.
“I answered ‘Toyota Corolla because it’s fuel efficient!’"
I miss Dreamworks making historical animated films. Prince of Egypt is AMAZING (still their best movie EVER), Joseph King of Dreams is awesome, Spirit Stallion of the Cimarron is great, Sinbad is really good too, The Road to El Dorado was another great one (minus the worshiping white men thing) that the people of color are historically accurate and BROWN and NOT stereotypes/caricatures is fantastic, I REALLY thought they’d continue with that, keep making those gorgeous 2D animated films based on history, that should have been their thing. But then we got Shrek and it was all downhill from there.