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“as a scientist i know that sexuality is a… is a spectrum. but you know, social biases they, they codify attraction… that’s contrary to the biological facts”


I love this love story.  I love that Cosima and Delphine are allowed open passion and romance, that they’re allowed to fight and make up like any other couple.  I love that even though they’re surrounded by chaos and challenged by obstacles, those obstacles have nothing to do with their sexuality.  

I love that the season ended with a classically romantic scene.  Delphine as a dream lover, a fairy tale.  I didn’t realize how much I WANTED a scene like that until it happened.  I didn’t realize that I’d never seen a scene like that between two women before.

I love that the dream scene was included as just another part of the finale, just a casual, ‘Heeey here’s Delphine, the fairytale princess come to save Cosima,’ with no fanfare or parade.  Even though it was a small scene…I don’t know…it made me feel utterly normal and included and accepted. My story there on screen.

 I am so thankful for Orphan Black. Thank you for making this show.


“As a person in the media, you have a responsibility to change the vernacular, to shift the paradigm. Whether they like to believe it or not, that kind of speech where you debase and define a character by their sexuality only and invalidate the rest of their identity is oppressive.“

- Jordan Gavaris (x)

As each of our clones were carried by different surrogates, that could explain differences in sexuality. But who wants to run around blaming mothers and their hormone levels for the sexuality of their children? Haven’t we had enough of that, since, like, forever? Maybe it was the lipstick in Daddy’s glove box? Or Great Uncle Arthur’s? Okay, then how about the nurture side of things? Cosima grew up in the Bay Area, in a permissive community and a progressive home fostering intellectual and social tolerance. She learned to approach sexuality without shame, with curiosity. I think Cosima’s been “bisexual” (if you had to codify it), but maybe she’s ready to self-identify as gay. She would defend her freedom to choose, no matter where nature placed her in the spectrum.
—  Graeme Manson on Cosima’s sexuality. (x)

Happy Pride, everyone!

Orphan Black is such a vital and groundbreaking show for the LGBT community. Not only does it show queer characters in moments of intimacy (such as those featured above, bow chicka wow wow), but it allows its characters to be multidimensional and embrace their sexuality without becing defined by it. Orphan Black is also one of the few shows that explores intersectionality of alternative gender and sexual identities through Tony, who is both trans* and queer.To paraphrase Tatiana Maslany, any human can become anything. This potential should not be limited by orientation or gender identity.

We need more shows that demonstrate no matter what gender we are or who we love, we’re all complex and fascinating human beings who can kick more than a little ass. 

anonymous asked:

I thought cosima was gay? not bi?

I could give this a straight up answer, or reply with some exasperated gif, but there’s been so much talk around this topic recently I’m just going to say my piece and wait for the fall out. I haven’t elaborated really on what I think yet because if I anything I said was misconstrued in anyway I don’t think I could live with myself; but anyway, brace yourself kids this could get long.

When it comes to Cosima, I pretty much live by this quote:

“Cosima grew up in the Bay Area, in a permissive community and a progressive home fostering intellectual and social tolerance. She learned to approach sexuality without shame, with curiosity. I think Cosima’s been “bisexual” (if you had to codify it), but maybe she’s ready to self-identify as gay. She would defend her freedom to choose, no matter where nature placed her in the spectrum.” (Source x)

I’ve seen people attack John and Graeme and accuse them of being biphobic, which couldn’t possibly be further from the truth.
Whilst the Tat and creators have talked about it, Cosima herself never explicitly labels her sexuality, and I don’t think she needs to. When Rachel says “So you’re gay” she neither denies or corrects her, just makes the point that it doesn’t matter. It’s not who she is, she is in no way defined by it. Similarly when Felix makes the whole “I smell lesbians” crack, she simply emphasises that whatever’s going on in her heart right now, it’s nothing she’s going to ever apologise for. I don’t believe she was deflecting or avoiding these questions, but correcting them would most likely involve having to class herself as something more specific.

However broad the term a person may choose to label themself with is, there is always a point where it will have it’s restrictions. Whether that’s in their own mind or the mind of others. I don’t think Cosima wants to confine herself to that, hence why she doesn’t. She is entirely too full a character to want to be constrained in anyway. She is completely aware of how vast a spectrum sexuality is, and I’m quite sure she finds the entire range of love and affection utterly beautiful.

Personally labelling myself makes me very uncomfortable, and however many terms we have I think sexuality is entirely too fluid and individual to boil down to those, although I totally accept some people can feel almost lost without the definition and need that clarity which is totally fine too.
This is why I adore Cosima and her freedom to express and choose where she wants to, it’s something I can relate to very strongly.

Cosima loves people. She loves in character and whatever nurtured those traits into being. The good and the bad and the way it bundles together and falls into the shape of whoever is before her. She loves in the spaces between words and interwoven strings of syllables that may choose to fill them. She is so grounded, with her preference to be barefoot and her affinity for nature, her passion for science and the patterns that can be found within it filled with vacillations or resolution, and the way she becomes Delphine’s total and utter integrity. Her sexuality is the thing that’s balances out how beautiful solid she is in it’s fluidity. It’s personal and undefined and ultimately only matters to her, as it should.

The reason I love her so much is because of the ideal she represents of what is is to love so completely selflessly and whole-heartedly. It’s not the physicality of who she loves that matters, but the way she loves them. In every dip and curve and scar and the freckle and the ability to see a person for who they are, not what.

Happy Pride everyone! So since the OB Tumblr is so awesome, they inspired me to post about my feelings regarding the show and their LGBT presence. I’m not very artistic and can’t make gifs yet (though I aspire to someday), so I’ll just have to use words to express my gratitude. 

I’m just so grateful for orphanblack. If any show wants to see how the LGBT community should be shown on TV, just watch Orphan Black. As a gay woman, it’s so fantastic to see a relationship where the fact that they’re two women doesn’t matter. They have too many other things to worry about, their genders/sexualities only cross their minds very briefly (and then Delphine does what we all would and falls for Cosima anyway). Even though the OB world is a crazy one where Cosima and Delphine have to deal with things we never would dream of, their love for each other is so real. And all the actors are so passionate and proud of it. Hearing Evelyne, Tatiana, and Jordan talk about it makes my heart feel so full. They really care and want to represent us in a respectful and meaningful way. Seeing that kind of portrayal in a world of TV where gay characters are used to bring in viewers or as a stereotype…it means so very much to me. 

So thank you everyone at Orphan Black, actors, creators, crew members. You all make me so happy, even when you’re destroying me with your beautiful storytelling. 

The way Cosima loves.

I want to love the way that Cosima loves.

In each individual space, finding the good in everything and everyone and never ever backing down in her stand to love. To be able to see the beauty in each passing moment, in every birth and death and everything in between. To truly love, completely and wholly, with no judgement or reservation and an utter disregard for the consequences. To use vulnerability and turn it into strength. To embrace pain and suffering and turn it into something bigger, beautiful, and wonderful.

Because it’s not about who she loves. It’s about how she loves.

And she loves fearlessly.