Follow-up to “Brown Ale" because I had more feelings about constructive vs destructive forms of comfort/coping.
- no wings
- in the sea
- p chill
- no wings
- legs often but not always
- impressive beard
- 9 is a big deal
- breathing fire
- often actually a wyvern
- compulsive hoarding
- three fucking heads bro
- can you believe it
- wings and like
- 3 whole heads
- honestly probably just a whale and you should all chill
- jake long
How about no? Queer characters are humans. Humans die. That’s like me saying “Don’t kill black or Hispanic characters because I’m black and Hispanic or because they’re black and hispanic”. Characters die. It sucks.
Yes, it does suck. Because representation of minority groups matters. When queer characters are consistently used to prop up straight leads and killed off to give their straight counter-parts angsty storylines, it is a problem.
And yes, it is actually very much like saying “don’t kill black or Latin@ characters.” Because those groups also suffer from issues of representation.
It’s not that queer characters should never ever die. It’s that we haven’t yet reached a point where that one queer character’s death (and it’s not just one) is incidental because there are so many other queer characters on the screen.
Shows like Orange is the New Black, Sleepy Hollow, How to Get Away with Murder, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine all have multiple POC in lead roles. But there is much further to go.
Stephanie Beatriz (who plays Rosa Diaz on Brooklyn Nine-Nine) wrote about how she was shocked to even get the role because a Latina actress (Melissa Fumero who plays Amy Santiago) had already been cast. How messed up is that?
LGBTQ+ representation is arguably even worse. In fact, the only show I can think of that is currently on air that has more than one main queer character is Orange is the New Black. (Correct me if I’m wrong. Please.) And bisexual characters are even rarer than gay & lesbian characters. Not to mention the bisexual erasure that happens, when a character who has previously had feelings-for-or-relationships-with people of one gender, begins to have feelings-for-or-a-relationship-with someone of another gender, and is declared to have “become” gay without even acknowledging the possibility that their sexuality is more fluid than that. (Willow “gay now” Rosenberg from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Ramona “it was just a phase” Flowers from Scott Pilgrim both spring to mind.)
GLAAD in their Hollywood survey pointed out “that studios seemed ‘reluctant’ to include LGBT characters in comic book adaptations and action franchises" in particular. Hmm.
On Agents of SHIELD, we had two in-charge, incredible, fierce lesbian agents who were both killed off for shock value & possibly Hunter’s angst, who weren’t even given the screen time to establish their sexualities or relationship.
On Arrow, we had a kick-ass, powerful, inspiring, bisexual hero who was literally thrown away in the garbage to further Oliver’s angst and to fuel Laurel’s evolution into Black Canary.
I say again, STOP KILLING QUEER CHARACTERS.
ALLLLLLL OF THIS ^^^^^^^^^^^^
Also let’s not forget that Black Canary explicitly was not labeled bisexual because the writers and producers "really wanted to approach it like not be salacious, and be sensitive, and be realistic."
“‘studios seemed ‘reluctant’ to include LGBT characters in comic book adaptations and action franchises’ in particular.”
what the ever loving FUCK
If killing one queer character/character of color/character who is a positive representation of their religion/etc. means literally reducing the number of available characters by 10% or more (usually more), THEY SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN AN OPTION FOR THE CHOPPING BLOCK.
Enjoy background white noise to improve your creativity. Choose between rain, a cafe, or combine them for a rainy cafe.
This is useful.
Nanowrimo Story Creation Tarot Spread
1. Theme of Story
5. Rising Action
7. Falling Action
I plan on making some other spreads, but to everyone just now planning and toying around with ideas (or completely blank, but wanting to do nanowrimo) this is a good starting point to story planning.
Of course take the spread and do it yourself if you’re a tarot reader too if you want, but I also am taking requests for the reading I just ask that:
-you be a nanowrimo participant
-and let me know if you have any of your story already thought out and what it is so I can go more in depth with card meanings.
Yesss, I need more tarot spreads for fiction writing.
9/29: 120 words freewriting.
9/30: 131 words.
10/1: 370 words characterization for Shuffled Earth.
10/3: 112 words of notes on research for Shuffled Earth.
10/5: a few hundred words more on characterization/character style in Shuffled Earth. I was gonna make a post about it but I think I’ll finish that up tomorrow.
Next week’s goal is to write 500 words a day, even if it’s freewriting.
Was she going to slap you because you never in any way made him gay in the actual books, taking zero risks/doing absolutely nothing for gay characters in literature, and only announcing your “authorial intent” afterwards for a cheap shot at looking like an ~ally~
Gay people are just normal people. We are not told about any of the Hogwarts professors love lives, other than Snape, and it would be completely out of character for Dumbledore to walk around telling everyone about his sexuality.
Did you want her to make him dress in glittery platform boots, a crop top, and decorate his office in rainbow flags to make it more obvious for you? Would that be enough of a stereotype to appease you people? Or what? Please tell me. I’d like to know how you think a gay character is supposed to be portrayed.
And did you miss the Grindelwald chapters in the ‘actual books’? Or was that also not obvious enough for you? Did Dumbledore need to whisper “always” wistfully in order for you to connect that he had romantic feelings for Grindelwald? Maybe you are American and need them to gaze longingly into each others eyes with awkward close ups of their fingers almost grazing each other that Hollywood thinks means ‘true love’.
It didn’t fit into his relationship to Harry to ever say “I’m gay”, and so it was not stated explicitly (you might have noticed the book was told from Harry Potter’s perspective).
The point is though, that he is a homosexual, well respected, powerful, and very loved wizard- and his sexuality doesn’t matter because no one else thinks it matters. a.k.a. no one care that he loves men, and that is wonderful.
While more visibility would have been nice…
1. The books are told from Harry’s POV, and he’s thick as a post. He didn’t even realise that Snape’s handwriting matched that of the Half Blood Prince. It makes sense that he wouldn’t know about Dumbledore’s sexuality or love for Grindelwald. In fact, in Deathly Hallows, Harry even contemplates how many wasted opportunities he’s had to talk to Dumbledore, and how every conversation he and Dumbledore had revolved around him (Harry); and that the only personal question Harry ever asked Dumbledore (what he sees when he looks in the Mirror of Erised) was probably answered falsely (understandably).
2. As pointed out above, the teachers’ love lives are generally obscure within the narrative. We didn’t find out about Snape and Lily until DH, and JKR also recently revealed that McGonagall was in love with a muggle she couldn’t be with. Harry never knows any of these things within the books unless they’re explicitly revealed to him.
This doesn’t mean that representation couldn’t have occurred. Harry could have remarked that Dean and Seamus went to the Yule Ball together, for instance. So I’m not saying that the books aren’t problematic as far as queer representation is concerned; but I don’t think Dumbledore is the best target of criticism.
Can someone please tell me how you make Dumbledore visible gay. Please. The only way to make someone more visible gay would be to make them stereo-typically gay. And if that were the case y’all would have flipped your shits harder than this.
A gay person=a person
No if, ands, or buts. And even if Harry DID asks or talked to him, do you honestly think Dumbledore would answer truthfully??? How often did Dumbledore tell Harry the truth? Come on people.
How to make his gayness visible? Maybe have Rita Skeeter’s TELL ALL BOOK mention it. Maybe have him flirt with men (he flirts with madame maxine, but a dude? LOLNO I GUESS) Maybe make anyone else cannonically LGBT so our only representation is someone who is said as gay afterward. Harry could have known literally anyone who went on a date with someone of the same gender. But no. A gay person is a person, except a gay person’s sexuality will never be mentioned while all of the students in hogwarts will be matched up in heteronormative couples.
You know what lgbt kids learn from reading fantasy? Even in a world with magic and dragons we still don’t exist.
^^^^^ The only way Dumbledore was coded as gay (in my memory of the books) was the descriptions of his ‘flamboyant’ robes and high-heeled boots and long, lustrous auburn hair. (Yeah, contrary to what an above poster said, he WAS wearing glittery platform heels practically.)
I don’t think we’re supposed to assume Dumbledore is gay, though. Imagine if JKR had never said anything about it, and a bunch of fans wrote slash about him and Grindewald. Would they be taken seriously? No. They’d be written off as creepy fangirls who just don’t understand the purity of male friendship. Why? Because heteronormativity exists. Everyone is straight and cis until proven otherwise in our culture. THAT’S why we need canonically queer characters. Because if we’re not canonical, we don’t exist at all.
A NaNoWriMo calendar for your word tracking endeavors.
La Frontera/Borderlands: The New Mestiza by Gloria Anzaldua!!!!!
I cannot tell you how much that book influenced me as a queer Chicano. The book is about 80 pages of essays on identity, indigenous religion/Tejano history, sexuality, and feminist theory, while the rest of it is poetry. There are also tons of passages written in Spanish that appear through out the book. Fantastic read for Queer Chican@s!
YES! I can’t believe that I forgot Gloria Anzaldua! *facepalm* La Frontera/Borderlands is an AMAZING book. Words cannot express how much I love it and it is PERFECT for bisexual Latinas since it’s all about living in the boarders and margins between the false dichotomies of rigid categories.
Also I’ve always interpreted the following quote as her being non-monosexual of some kind even, if she doesn’t use the b-word:
"I am a wind-swayed bridge, a crossroads inhabited by whirlwinds… You say my name is ambivalence? Think of me as Shiva, a many-armed and -legged body with one foot on brown soil, one on white, one in straight society, one in the gay world, the man’s world, the women’s, one limb in the literary world, another in the working class, the socialist, and the occult worlds. A sort of spider woman hanging by one thin strand of web. Who, me confused? Ambivalent? Not so. Only your labels split me."
Adding a few more from the comments/reblogs that I missed:
yaflash: The Summer Prince features bisexual Afro-Latinas, I believe?
Yes! It’s dystopian future set in a futuristic Brazil with a bisexual Afro-Brazilian main romantic interest and plenty of other Latino/a characters.
ziggygaga: Love and Rockets. It’s a comic book but just trust me.
The Love and Rockets series by Gilbert Hernandez is a classic. And here is this really great guide to how to start getting into the series, which has been running since the 80’s.
Unfortunately I only know a few.
There is Barriers to Love: Embracing a Bisexual Identity by Marina Peralta, a memoir of the author’s life in Mexico and California loving women and men and dealing with issues like coming out to her family. You can read our interview with Marina Peralta here.
Then there is Spit And Passion by Cristy C. Road, a coming-of-age graphic novel about being a Cuban-American teen girl obsessed with Green Day in the mid-90’s.
I know of a bisexual Latina poet, Gabriela Mistral, but I’m not sure if her published work under the pseudonym of Lucila Godoy Alcayaga has anything to do with bisexuality.
The only other book that even comes close that I can think of is Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis, which has a Latino character and a bisexual character who kind of…. share a body in a way? It doesn’t make Amara Latina by any stretch of the imagination, but since pickings are so slim you might want to give it a try. It’s a really fantastic YA fantasy with strong social justice themes.
Any of our followers know of any others??
xekstrin: Santa Olivia! It’s about a woman who was sort of genetically modified and now she doesn’t feel fear and she’s got super strength and she becomes a masked vigilante and she’s latin@ and so is her bisexual girlfriend. it’s really good!!!
write like no one but you will ever read it. because it’s true