i think part of the reason the balance campaign finale killed me so bad was that every canon queer person not only lived but prospered
like ive never seen that in any media before. usually there’s like 1-2 queer characters if you’re lucky, and they’re not main characters, and their storylines are either boring, don’t go anywhere, are way over-dramatic as to be “””realistic””” to the queer experience, and end in death/death of partner/being miserable in general
a story where there’s not only a gay main character who ends up in a happy and stable relationship and a happy trans woman in a ridiculously loving and long-term relationship, but every relationship on the show includes a queer person and they all end up happy and successful and thriving is UNHEARD OF to me. like i don’t think i ever thought that would happen in something created by a couple of cishet dudes??
as a queer person im used to wanting and hoping but not receiving. i’m used to thinking “god it would be amazing if these two characters got together” or “i wish these characters got more screen time but i guess im happy they exist at all” or “i wish the gay neighbors had actual plotlines and weren’t just a trope/a joke/a token” and im used to settling with whatever the cishet writers and directors and producers deign to give me but i’m not used to actually getting what i want.
as soon as magnus made carey that ring i went “god wouldn’t it be amazing if the campaign ended on their wedding?” the whole fandom made jokes about sloane and hurley coming back at the end bc they’re great characters and their deaths were heartbreaking to a lot of people. i thought about how cool it would be to see a taakitz kiss and them interacting more and being in love. i didn’t think any of this would actually happen.
i’m not used to getting what i want in terms of queer rep but the emotional impact i’ve felt in the wake of this finale has shown me what creators can do when they really listen and care and do their research. no other media i’ve consumed has shown this level of commitment and care to not only making an excellent product the creators can be proud of, but something the audience can see themselves in and be proud of, too. and im just endlessly grateful for these doofuses for creating that