“To portray Salim and the Jinn in a way that’s sex positive for a gay man who comes from a country where homosexuality is punishable by death and you can be thrown off of a rooftop,” he explains, “it was very important to us to look at Salim’s story as a gay man from the Middle East whose sexual experience was probably relegated to back alley blowjobs and didn’t have an intimate personal sexual experience. In the book, Salim blows the Jinn in the hotel, and then he’s gone. It was important for us in this depiction to have Salim drop to his knees and prepare to achieve sex the way he’d been accustomed to, and the Jinn lifts him off of his knees and kisses him and treats him much more soulfully and spiritually to change his perception of who he is and what his sexual identity has become. That felt like it was empowering in a different way, showing a protagonist as the one who is being penetrated. That comes with all sorts of preconceptions of gender roles and what it is to be a gay man at the same time.”
“What we wanted to achieve there is for an audience who might not necessarily be accustomed to seeing two men having sex, to recognize it as a beautiful thing,” the writer continues, “as opposed to ‘Ooh, Alec Baldwin is kissing that old man!’ Or, 'Whoopi Goldberg is touching that woman’s hand, what does it mean?’ I’ve been seated in that audience as a gay person, and resented the cringing and cajoling and jeering of audiences, and wanted to show a Middle Eastern gay kid who might find this [show] somehow and see that scene and realize there are people out there who don’t think he’s an abomination.”
Jack’s accountant: Mister Zimmermann, there was a suspicious purchase in your account, we just need to verify that your identity hasn’t been stolen. I see here that more than two thousand dollars were spent at ‘Fleurs en Folie’, in Providence-
Jack: It’s a florist.
Accountant: …Are you saying that you made that purchase, Mister Zimmermann.
Jack: It was Valentine’s day.
Accountant: Well. We just wanted to make sure everything was okay. Hem, just by a measure of precaution, are there other stores you might, hum, purchase gifts from? I mean, if you don’t want to get a phone call every time.
Accountant: Pardon me?
Jack: Just greenlight any amount spent in a baking supplies store.
Accountant: Up to?
Jack: … I don’t know, hum, fifty thousand dollars?
I'm somewhat familiar with Chromedome and Rewind but are there any more important LGBT characters?
A fine question to ask for National Coming Out Day, well done!
IDW’s approach to Transformers - which is to say that female Transformers have not existed on Cybertron in statistically significant quantity for millions of years - means that, in fact, the whole planet is a “homonormative” society where male bots loving male bots is the standard. In addition to the breakout case of Chromedome and Rewind, other notable ‘bots have included Needlenose and Horri-Bull:
And Blast Off, revealed to harbour love for his commander Onslaught, who was recently mentally manipulated into returning that affection:
The introduction of Cybertron’s colony worlds, on which female Transformers widely exist, hasn’t changed this any. Same-gender couples are common on colony worlds too, including Knock Out and Breakdown, canonizing the popular fan interpretation of the Transformers Prime characters’ relationship:
And the colonies have opened up the door to female/female couples too, like Greenlight and Lancer:
Special mention has to Lug and Anode, a pair of assigned-male-at-birth Transformers from Cybertron who ventured out into the universe and gained a new understanding of gender through their encounters with other alien species. Throwing off the shackles of their all-made homeworld and deciding that “female” fit them better, they transitioned to become the first transgender lesbian Transformers couple.
Now, this isn’t a complete list - there are other minor characters, and some from further back in Transformers history who are…. llllllets say, less-enlightened depictions of LGBTQ individuals. We once made a post about that history, and you can also check our Transformer romance article for a more complete list of relationships.
lgbt people deserve to be angry about rt greenlighting an explicitly romantic song that implies canon wlw without following up on it (after being promised lgbt characters for five years and, five years later, still having none), and yes that counts as queerbaiting and yes it is rt’s fault because that’s their official album for their show, so the idea that m&k (and the other higherups!) didn’t know about it is absurd, be it an absurd falsehood or an absurd oversight and show of incompetence
(and yes, this is entirely different from “boop” because ren/nora was heavily implied in the show and spinoffs, while the f/f ship involved in “bmblb” has only been used as a joke to reel in lgbt viewers with no payoff. they are entirely different things.)
that said arryn is totally innocent, has no say in any of this shit, and was just trying to mitigate the damage, and should be left the fuck alone