Queer Beats – November 23, 2018

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Welcome to Queer Beats, your weekly one-stop shop for queer television news! This week, Stephanie Beatriz and Jameela Jamil created the Good Place, The Prom made us all cry over our mashed potatoes, and Steven Universe announced new episodes. Since it’s Thanksgiving week here in the U.S., I wanted to start off this week’s post by giving thanks to LezWatch.TV for giving me the opportunity to write this column and to everyone who takes the time to read it every week. I say this often but I truly don’t know where I would be without fandom and I am extremely grateful to be part of this community!

Batwoman

We are officially less than three weeks away from the Elseworlds crossover which means increasing amounts of sneak peeks! This week, we got the first trailer footage of Batwoman:

Me during these 30 seconds: omgomgomgomgomg

Black Lightning

Bustle writer Tai Gooden wrote an awesome article about Nafessa Williams and Anissa Pierce. It covers all the reasons why we love Anissa, including the unique challenges she faces as a black, queer woman. I can never read enough positive reviews of Black Lightning and Thunder!

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

I’m new to the Brooklyn Nine-Nine fandom (and not yet a part of The Good Place fandom) but I know a cross-fandom squeal-worthy moment when I see one:

How many of us do you think can squeeze between them?

I have only watched 3 episodes of this Brooklyn Nine-Nine but I am already a secret #Dianetti fan and truly loved this Twitter moment:

It’s definitely worth checking out this thread to see the responses from Steph and the official Brooklyn 99 account.

And, finally, we are getting some teasers about next season. Admittedly, part of the reason I started watching this show was because of Gina Rodriguez‘s appearance as Alicia so I was excited when Michael Ausiello at TVLine brought up the topic:

Regardless of whether Rodriguez’s Alicia returns (and that remains very much up in the air at this moment in time), B99 will not be putting Rosa’s love life on the backburner in Season 6. Teases Beatriz: “I think particularly our LGBTQ audience will be really happy with the developments, and that’s all I can say.”

Michael Ausiello

Legends of Tomorrow

We didn’t get any major news out of the LoT fandom this week (except for the important news that Zarlie will probably be the death of me) but I truly enjoyed these gifs of Jes Macallan and her responses:

These MIstresses gifs are totally newsworthy, right?

And Jes also blessed us with some cute behind-the-scenes content with Caity:

I tried to write so many taco puns for this but they all sounded too dirty for my PG-13 Queer Beats vibe.

The Prom

Okay, so this is not truly queer TV related but it happened on my TV and I loved it so I want to spread the holiday cheer. This year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade featured its first ever same-sex kiss during a song from the upcoming broadway musical, The Prom:

Catch me crying over my turkey this year.

Steven Universe

I feel like it is extremely important for all of you to know that I think Steven Universe is one of the best shows ever created… and I’m not even fully caught up yet! However, I am always happy to hear about new episodes of shows I love so I celebrated with SU fans about this Steven Universe: Diamond Days announcement.

Supergirl

Supergirl also aired a new Elseworlds trailer this week. However, I think us queers were all simultaneously too confused about Alex‘s wig and too turned on by her camo pants to really listen to anything being said.

I’m open to giving the braid a chance.

Trans Day of Remembrance

Tuesday, November 20th marked 2018’s Transgender Day of Remembrance. TDOR is a day to honor the memory of the trans identifying people who lost their lives this year due to anti-trans violence. Every year, it’s a stark reminder of the reality of transphobia across the world. Here are some of this week’s posts to honor TDOR:

TDOR is a day to remember those we have lost but also an important chance to remember that the trans community cannot be erased or silenced!

And that’s it for Queer Beats this week! Always thorough, always professional, never random.

About Nikki Tantum

Nikki has always known two contradictory things to be true: queer TV can save lives and queer female cop/agent characters will be the death of all of us (looking at you Officer Haught, Director Danvers, Detective Sawyer, and Sameen Shaw). Her first dive into fan content was when she ran a secret Xanga blog dedicated to pictures of Lorelai Gilmore in the 7th grade. She has never looked back.

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