I reluctantly started reading avengers academy for these two, because even though I think it’s silly that marvel has two wlw characters with rainbow powers and that they’re dating…. Come on I had to read that….
And I ended up loving avengers academy more than any other comics I’ve read so far
Thank you for talking about your concerns re: Sony/Columbia and Rob Stringer. I thought I was the only one who felt sick to my stomach at the thought of the man who has been friends with Simon for years, and was head of the US label that helped to closet H & L, being the one to sign H. I don't know why people are excited, because the power dynamics are really messed up now, and there's no guarantee that the stunts are going to stop for L anytime soon. Trying to have hope, but it's hard. :(
It’s very hard, and you’re perfectly welcome, anon.
I thought I had posted about Rob Stringer in the fall, but all I can find is some articles I uploaded, so I’ll revisit now. Stringer has spent his career at Sony, he’s been running labels there since the early 90s, and his brother was a main exec and CEO of Sony Corp (not music) for quite some time. Stringer has headed Columbia since 2008, and he’s done extensive business with Simon Cowell in that capacity. Indeed, Simon was the first quote in the Billboard article announcing Stringer’s appointment as head of Sony this October. Their working relationship has been extensive, as far as I can tell. He has credited his work with Simon on XFactor acts as his gateway to success for getting Glee to work, which was hugely responsible for his success turning Columbia around. [Adele as well, and he’s partly responsible for a lot of a resurgent trend of U.K. artists’ US success.] He has called Simon the “best A&R guy he knows” in multiple interviews.
One Direction signed to Columbia in 2012 as they were breaking the American market; the closet clamped down during this time.
Sony purchased controlling shares in Syco in July of 2015 – paying £85 million total for it, and absorbing the £70 million debt it had accrued. While making £45 million from it personallyis somewhat pathetic for Simon, that’s a far better fate than being jettisoned from Sony and declaring the company bankrupt within five years. The buyout was, it would appear, the best possible outcome for Simon given the failures of his television series, losing One Direction, and being unable to produce a suitably earning substitute.
Rob Stringer was announced the new head of Sony mid-October 2016.
I say all this to suggest that thinking of a ‘fresh start’ for Rob Stringer or Harry is not logically sound. Rob Stringer has been involved in their business since 2012 – but even say for argument’s sake that perhaps he didn’t determine their marketing. But Rob Stringer has been calling the shots at Sony since this fall (and potentially had input before that official announcement). And we know Sony now holds the Syco strings and has since July 2015, a date we are all very aware of – so Rob Stringer stepping into the office in the last six months has certainly had power to ameliorate the situation, and he has not done so.
Harry has been constructed as the big fish, the Justin Timberlake, almost since the beginning. It seems Sony’s going to be damned if they don’t get what they’ve always angled for, by hook or by crook. Given what we have seen, they’ve been successful at backing Harry into a corner, as well as Louis, with profound effects for Liam and Niall as well.
Columbia and Sony are sure to promote Harry’s music thoroughly, because it could make them a great deal of money. But that is the equation. It is very much in their best interests not to help Niall, Louis, and Liam or One Direction, as that would distract dollars and time from Harry’s solo work, which will make them a fortune. It is quite evident by now that Sony has had the power to step in but have not, because such an extreme power imbalance in negotiating is much more expedient for their bottom line. They’ve been monstrous and it’s gotten them Harry’s contract, which is what they wanted.
Hope is not any easy thing in such a situation. I think patience will continue to be the watchword.
Here are some noteworthy LGBTQ characters from the Marvel characters.
Jean-Paul Beaubier/Northstar - Marvel’s first openly gay, major character and one of the X-Men.
America Chavez/Miss America - Marvel’s first Lesbian Latina character
Theodore “Teddy”Altman/Hulking and William “Billy” Kaplan/Wiccan –probably Marvel’s most famous gay couple
Raven Darkholme/Mystique and Irene Adler/Destiny - we’ve seen Mystique in quite a few X-men movies, yet it still hasn’t been shown that she is Bi, even though she has a long-term female partner in the comics. :(
Loki/God of Mischief - confirmed to be Bi in the Young Avengers series.
Sera - a trans lesbian angel sorceress
Ken Shiga/Koi Boi - though never stated to be trans in canon, Ken has been shown wearing a chest binder under his clothes and his co-creator, Erica Henderson, confirmed that he is a trans boy.
Give me the Runaways, now older, helping kids who were like them.
Chase the social worker, funny and so good with the kids with the ability to go hard and terrifying when he’s going to bat for them. He keeps in contact with all of the kids he’s helped. He has pictures of them next to pictures of Gert and the rest of the Runaways on his desk. He always listens to the kids, and he always treats them like they’re capable. He never talks over their heads.
Karolina, Xavin and Julie open up a home for homeless queer youth. Xavin and Karolina also start up a support group for young aliens living on Earth, whether they’ve moved to Earth recently or lived there their whole lives. It eventually becomes a Thing, with different chapters all over, run by other grounded aliens they’ve met over the years. Julie becomes an art therapist or something and helps young superheroes on a more one-on-one basis than before.
Molly… I can see Molly maybe wanting to become a cop, but not doing it for long because she gets frustrated with the system. She ends up being more of a vigilante, helping runaways get in contact with Chase, or with Karolina, or just finding them a save place to exist and be themselves. She totally has a costume, and probably a cool motorbike. Sometimes, if Chase gets a case he can’t legally help with, he ‘accidentally’ lets some details slip so Molly can do her thing.
(She still introduces herself as Princess Powerful to the really young kids, and they all adore her. She ends up somewhere between a superhero and an anti-bogeyman, in kids’ minds.)
Gert and Nico didn’t always get along, but man do they make a good team. They end up becoming lawyers, and do a lot of advocacy work for kids. Representing them, fighting for them. They’re a force to be reckoned with, and swiftly gain a reputation. People tell them they could make a lot of money as corporate lawyers, but they’re obviously not interested in the money. They help kids get lighter sentences, or get the help they need as opposed to being just thrown into juvenile detention. Nico also does some outreach work with a youth mental health program.
Victor gets into making really cool mobility aids, prosthetics, and other stuff like that. He charges on a sliding scale that means he can do a lot of stuff for low income, single parent households for free. He also gets called up by Julie if Julie runs into any kids who dabbled in villainy.
Klara ends up helping out a lot with Karolina, Xavin, and Julie’s shelter, talking to survivors of rape and abuse. She’s got a very calming presence, and is really good at getting kids to open up to her. She also teaches all the kids how to garden, so the home has a gorgeous garden in the back that all of the kids there can feel proud of. Sometimes, she volunteers at local museums, and there’s a standing invitation to all of them that if any of their kids want to get into a museum, or need to get out of the city for a bit, she’ll take them to the exhibit they were interested in, or go on hikes with them.
Old Lace is the best dang therapy dinosaur out there.