Thanks to these 11 awesomely queer characters and artists we have a reason to turn on the television.
It’s the “Queer Eye” you know (aka The Fab Five from 10 years ago) but with five fresh new faces (Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, Jonathan Van Ness and Bobby Berk) on a mission to make over Atlanta — and challenge notions of what it means to “be a man.”
Get the tissues ready, the new Queer Eye is full of positive sentiment and inspirational moments that often overwhelm fans.
This week’s Younger episode had so many awesomely queer characters we couldn’t pick just one.
Younger took an exciting dive into the LGBTQIAPK community (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersexual, Asexual, Pansexual and Polygamous, and Kinkiness.) Lauren, a sexually-fluid queer herself, introduces her Generation Z intern, Tam, to lead character Liza (who is arguably hetero-queer) and her roommate Maggie at a party for a new edible makeup line that her PR firm is holding, but her friends are confused by Tam and their pronouns.
Lauren, always eager to explain, says, “Tam is pansexual, homo-romantic, and their pronouns are they, them, and their. Alright, no more questions — it’s offensive.” It’s incredible.
Of course our FAVORITE gender-fluid, queer artist on Younger is actor Nico Tortorella.
Mx. Asia Kate Dillon currently plays a gender non-conforming character on Showtime’s Billions and the real life gender non-conforming artist has at least one of the Kardashians hooked. They caught our attention when they politely corrected Khloe Kardashian for misidentifying them as “miss”.
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Thank you @teenvogue and Brittney McNamara for picking this up! That's how you ally 😘👍🏻🙌🏻💕 Say word? Read the whole thing at teenvogue.com 🙏🏻 "As GLAAD points out, it's best to correct yourself, apologize, and keep it moving if you use the wrong pronouns. "If you accidentally use the wrong pronoun, apologize quickly and sincerely, then move on. The bigger deal you make out of the situation, the more uncomfortable it is for everyone," GLAAD writes. By apologizing, using the correct prefix, and then talking more about the show, Khloé did just that…. Of course, no cis-gender person deserves a cookie for using someone's correct pronoun or prefixes — it's basic courtesy. And it's not non-binary people's responsibility to educate every cisgender person on what pronouns to use and why. There are plenty of resources online about non-binary identity, pronouns, and what to do if you find yourself in the situation that Khloé did. The more we all know, the better off we are. Editor's Note: A previous version of this article stated Khloé used the wrong pronouns for Asia, when in fact it was the wrong prefix."
Asia’s character, Taylor Mason is a purposeful decision by Billions creators and show runners/executive producers who both have children with friends who are non-binary, gender-fluid, trans. In season three they added the non-binary, millennial character to Billions hyper-masculine world of hedge funds. It’s crazy good.
The Master of None
Actress Lena Waithe gets double billed in this feature. In addition to being a show creator and screenwriting for The Chi currently airing on Showtime she is also the queer best friend of Aziz Ansari in his hit Netflix original sitcom The Master of None.
In an episode titled “Thanksgiving”, arguable the most prolific coming out story every written and performed in television history, Lena Waithe flawlessly depicts a Black LGBTQ story from childhood to adulthood. The writing and performances are so exceptional it garnered show creator Aziz Ansari an Emmy nomination and the win. When Aziz Ansari took the stage he called writer and show star Lena Waithe to come with him to accept the award.
And the rest is history.