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TV: Batwoman to Avoid “Bury Your Gays” Trope

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Batwoman showrunner Caroline Dries has said that they will not ill off Ruby Rose’s Kate Kane character because they are aware of the Bury Your Gays trope. “Bury Your Gays” refers to the trope in fictional stories where LGBT+ characters die or meet an unhappy ending.

When Ruby Rose announced that she would not be returning for the second season of the CW series, there was some speculation that they would kill her character off – but the writers veered away from such a move to avoid falling into the much-maligned trope.

“As a lesbian who’s been working as a writer for the past 15 years, I’m well aware of the ‘Bury Your Gays’ trope and I have no interest in participating in it,” Dries said. “That’s why it’s important to me as the showrunner to clarify any misinformation out there about Kate Kane and recasting Batwoman. “Like you, I love Kate Kane – she’s the reason I wanted to do the show. We’ll never erase her. In fact, her disappearance will be one of the mysteries of season two.”

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