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TV: Yellowjackets Nicole Maines on Trans Visibility

Nicole Maines - Yellowjackets

Nicole Maines made history as TV’s first ever trans superhero – Nia Nal in CBS’s Supergirl. Now, she’s feeding her fans with a recurring appearance in Showtime’s cannibalistic thriller Yellowjackets. While viewers of the innately queer drama have only just met Maines in character as Lisa, an established member of Lottie’s (Simone Kessel/Courtney Eaton) Camp Green Pine cult and new inductee into Natalie’s (Juliette Lewis) heart, she has already made a big impression. The importance of having a trans actress on-screen on one of 2023’s most hotly anticipated series, particularly during a time of intense pushback against the trans community, … Read more

TV: Yellowjackets’ Melanie Lynskey: “I’m big on pushing the homosexual agenda”

TV: Yellowjackets' Melanie Lynskey: "I’m big on pushing the homosexual agenda"

The Last of Us, Yellowjackets and But I’m a Cheerleader star Melanie Lynskey has addressed her status as a queer icon and confirmed that she’s all about “pushing the homosexual agenda”. Certified ‘mother’ to the LGBTQ+ community Lynskey is currently starring as Shawna Shipman in Showtime’s teen cannibal thriller Yellowjackets, about a girls’ high school soccer team struggling to survive in the wilderness after their plane crashes. Split between two timelines, the show boasts an excellent young cast playing the team as teenagers and iconic names including Lynskey, Christina Ricci and Juliette Lewis among the actors playing their adult versions. … Read more

TV: Trans Actor Pete MacHale Joins Doctor Who Cast

Pete MacHale

Doctor Who has reportedly cast its first-ever trans man, Pete MacHale, for its upcoming season. MacHale is one of five new cast members announced in the new issue of Doctor Who Magazine, TV Zone reported, along with Bhav Joshi, Eilidh Loan, Pete MacHale, Miles Yekinni and Hemi Yeroham. Their roles are all currently unknown. The new Doctor Who cast members will join Doctor Ncuti Gatwa and Millie Gibson in season 14, expected to air in early 2024. MacHale is the first out trans man cast in Doctor Who. He follows in the footsteps of Heartstopper’s Yasmin Finney, who is playing … Read more

TV: Tyler DiChiara on Trans Representation in Gotham Knights

Gotham Knights

Trans actor Tyler DiChiara, who plays Cullen Row in Batman spinoff Gotham Knights, has opened up about the experience of creating a fully realised trans character. Gotham Knights centres on various ‘disciples’ of the Caped Crusader, many of whom are framed for his murder. The series cast multiple queer and trans actors in these roles – one of whom is Tyler DiChiara. Based on the DC comic series of the same name, the events of Gotham Knights takes place after the death of Bruce Wayne, aka Batman. Without the Dark Knight roaming in the shadows, Gotham’s seedy underbelly takes over, … Read more

TV: Seven Queer Moments From Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Tara (left) and Willow were the first lesbian couple to share a kiss on TV in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which turns 26 today, blazed a trail for LGBTQ+ characters on TV, dusting tired gay stereotypes and proving heroes can be queer and badass. Twenty-five years ago, on 10 March 1997, a chosen few sat down in front of their televisions and were introduced to a plucky high-schooler and her gang of misfit friends. To those viewers, she may not have seemed like much. A wise-cracking teen who had a seemingly never-ending collection of halter-neck tops and shawls. Oh, and she fought vampires. But Buffy, played by Sarah Michelle Gellar, became one of television’s most enduring … Read more

Video Games: A Love Letter to The Last Of Us’s Ellie Williams

Ellie Williams - The Last of Us

The Last of Us has everything: horror, gore, romance and humour. But it would be nothing without Ellie. Before HBO adapted The Last of Us into a critically acclaimed television show that has taken the world by storm faster than its fungal disease cordyceps, game developer Naughty Dog released the story as a fully playable action adventure/survival-horror game on the PlayStation in 2013. The game swept its award season, as did its 2020 sequel, The Last of Us: Part Two, with each garnering multiple game of the year awards and mentions for the cast performances, sound design and storytelling. Both … Read more

TV: Did Another Queer Character Just Make Their First Appearance in “The Last of Us”? [Spoiler]

The Last of Us screenshot

The Last of Us delivered another emotionally gut-wrenching hour of television in episode six, “Kin”, this week, but among all the strife, fans are convinced that Dina from The Last of Us: Part Two has made her first appearance. The fleeting moment came after Ellie (played by Bella Ramsey) and Joel (Pedro Pascal) arrived in the seemingly safe commune of Jackson, Wyoming, where the latter was finally reunited with his brother Tommy (Gabriel Luna). While eating in the dining hall, Ellie catches sight of a young girl staring at her from behind a beam – a girl who happens to … Read more

Comic Books: New Series Seems to Confirm that Buffy Chartacter is Canonically Queer

Buffy and Faith

A series of Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics have possibly confirmed a significant character’s sexuality. Sarah Gailey and Hannah Templer’s The Vampire Slayer – a tie-in for the renowned tv series – confirmed that vampire slayer Faith Lehane is queer in its 11th issue. The character first debuted in season three of the show, becoming one of its most significant characters. While her sexuality was subtly hinted at in the television series – which caused some criticism by those accusing the show of queerbaiting – it was fully confirmed during the tie-in comic series. Full Story from Pink News

TV: Warrior Nuns Creator Had Sketched Out Sapphic Bedroom Scene Before Cancellation

Warrior Nun - Netflix

Warrior Nun fans are ecstatic after creator Simon Barry shared a proposed scene that was never shot featuring sapphic icons Ava and Beatrice in bed. The Netflix series was cancelled in December after two seasons, sparking anger from fans who have been campaigning to save the show ever since. Alongside the regularly trending Twitter hashtag #SaveWarriorNun, efforts to revive the show have included a petition with 115,00 signatures and a billboard campaign across the US. Full Story from Pink News

Television: Trans “Last of Us” Videogame Actor Wants Part in TV Version

Ian Alexander played Lev in The Last of Us: Part Two. (Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for HBO,Naughty Dog)

Trans non-binary actor Ian Alexander voiced transgender character Lev in the video game The Last of Us: Part Two – and now, they’ve staked their claim to reprise the role in the second series of the TV adaptation. The first and current season of HBO’s hit series The Last of Us is covering all the events of the first video game, and while creators Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann haven’t yet explicitly confirmed it, they have hinted that a second season of the show would cover the events of the game’s 2020 sequel, including the introduction of trans character Lev. … Read more