I’ve been messing with websites for TV things since the early 1990s. I helped on alt.tv.er (I made the logo for the webpage at one point) and eventually moved a college project to a page on my site to it’s own domain. Suffice to say, I remember the “Good Old Days” when you could count the lesbians on TV on your fingers. We barely had Ellen as a lesbian, let alone one on her own show. So my point here is I’ve been on the ‘net in the mellow fangirl world for a very long time. I know this place.
When this idea was born, it really was from a simple complaint that we didn’t have a way to just know what shows to invest in. Tracy and I had been tweeting back and forth, talking about shows. We both liked The Fosters and Orphan Black. We both watched Rookie Blue for Gail and Holly. And then Shay died and I was glad I never got too invested in Chicago Fire.
But what did we want this site to become? After all, there are a million recap sites out there! As the crew behind this site started to grow and we tricked people into helping us with recaps and concepts, we talked about what we wanted this site to be and Tracy put it best:
Lots of sites blog about queer women in media, but they don’t have a lot of meta data and taxonomies. And they don’t cut to the chase. I can’t dig through a bazillion recaps and articles on After Ellen to figure out if a show is worth getting invested in. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE After Ellen, but I want to know exactly where the gay is in a series.
Which is why we’re here! I too love After Ellen (I remember when it was new and asked me for permission to use info/photos from one of my sites, I told you I’ve been here a while!) but there’s a serious rabbit hole you fall down when you start looking for everything. It’s like Wikipedia, man! We’re not them. We don’t have the time or brain power to be them. We all have full time jobs and families and this is our hobby site to satisfy an itch.
Our plan is as follows:
- A massive database of every TV show, US and abroad as we can do it, with a female queer character.
- The show DB will cross reference with characters.
- Shows and characters will not be ‘recaps’ of things but an overview of the subject and determinations of if you should watch the show, on the premise that you want to watch a show with female queers.
- Blogging about the female-queers-on-tv world in general, and why things like Shay’s death was really freakin’ annoying.
After that, we’ll see how it goes!
Now. Let’s watch some TV!