HOPEFUL LGBTQIA+ MEDIA TO READ AND WATCH IN THE WAKE OF THE ORLANDO MASSACRE
Like all of you, I haven't been able to get what happened in Orlando out of my mind. I tend to turn to books and movies in times like these to either distract or give myself an outlet for my sadness. Watching the Tony Awards last night was helpful — the theater community is good to turn to right now. Please add any other suggestions you have.
- •Steven UniverseIMO Steven Universe is the most inclusive, positive, and magical example of representation on TV today. These "gay space rocks" (as an awesome Autostraddle article called them) are all about loving yourself and loving everyone around you. Nothing will warm your heart more or make you believe in the good of people the way Steven and the Crystal Gems will.
- •Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky AlbertalliIt's way harder than it should be to find queer romances that end well, but here's a really excellent YA novel that does. I loved this book. It renewed my faith in contemporary realistic YA fiction.
- •Lin-Manuel Miranda's sonnetNot LGBTQ per se, but. At the Tony's last night, Lin read a sonnet he wrote when he accepted the award for Best Score. It's about his wife Vanessa, their son, and what happened in Orlando. This is part of why LMM's particular brand of wonder and magic is so life affirming: you can tell exactly what is most important to him. Watch it here: http://youtu.be/pAG_7qeiOZA
- •LumberjanesLumberjanes is one of the best comics right now, and it's all about queer youth fighting monsters and taking their friendship to the max. Taking place at a summer camp — not for girls but for "hardcore lady-types" — this series will put a smile on your face and keep it there.
- •Skylar Kergil's YouTube channelSkylar Kergil is an incredibly positive person and you will love him. He has a really eye-opening video of his entire FTM transition and he took a picture almost every day to share his experience with others. He's also a musician and just overall a wonderful human. Look him up on YouTube and Instagram to follow his life if you need a little inspiration.
- •Avatar: the Legend of KorraKorra is one of the first shows for children with a bisexual protagonist, and it's a kids cartoon!!! It made history and even though there's not a lot of onscreen bi romance, Korra and Asami's relationship WILL be explored in the upcoming comics.
- •I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy NelsonThis book is particularly powerful right now because it's very much about mourning and the way grief shapes a life, while also ending hopefully for its gay main character. It's one of the most beautiful books I've ever read.
- •Sense8This show has a LOT going on, and it's amazing. Gay and bi characters, polyamory, queer PoC, and perhaps most significantly, a trans woman character actually PLAYED by a trans actor, who is part of a super loving and super strong relationship.
- •Frank Langella's acceptance speechAlso not explicitly LGBTQ, but one of the few moments last night where a cast or crew member focused on what happened in Orlando rather than themselves. So very wise and so very poignant: http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/actor-frank-langella-offers-unity-to-orlando-during-tony-speech/
- •Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire SáenzThis beautiful book is about two Latino teens who find friendship and then love and it's utterly breathtaking. LMM reads the audiobook and whatever way you read it, I hope it touches your heart the way it touched mine.
- •SuperMutant Magic Academy by Jillian TamakiOkay so this one isn't necessarily hopeful, but it will make you laugh, and sometimes laughing is the only way to feel better, even for a brief moment.
- •ZootopiaThis isn't LGBTQ+ specific but it is a huge lesson on intolerance and hatred wrapped in a delightful and hopeful Disney world. It's amazing and gives me hope for future generationsSuggested by @sarahgorman
- •Happy EndingsIt's just a really funny show that portrays a gay character in a real, non stereotyped, dimensional way. It's just a great distraction from the world that includes an LGBTQ+ portrayal. Not going to solve the world but might make you smile and feel included.Suggested by @sarahgorman
- •Beautiful Music For Ugly ChildrenIt's about a trans boy's coming out and finding his place in the world and how music helps him along with a few good friends. I loved it!
- •Lost GirlBo is a succubus who feeds off of people's sexual energy, gender doesn't matter. Bo doesn't know she's fae until she stumbles onto their turf and is forced to pick between the dark or the light faes.
- •Not strictly LGBTQ, but a poem I find appropriate in these times. By Warsan Shire of course ✨Suggested by @mirthnuts
- •Rat QueensRaunchy and violent, this gang of women are both destructive and protective of the village they live in. I love them! At least one lesbian character I can think of right now.
- •One Man Guy by Michael BarakivaLiterally the only LGBTQ+ book I've read that doesn't have any homophobia as the major conflict and it is so nice and such a good break from regular LGBTQ+ plots. It has a happy ending and listen it is just really good ok, plus the author is also a gay man so none of that weird straight author stuff (even tho straight authors should still include LGBTQ+ characters) (this is a mess I'm sorry) (it's a good book I swear)Suggested by @lesbian