Queer Beats – February 28, 2020

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Welcome back to Queer Beats, your weekly one-stop shop for queer television news! This week, Vicki Cartagena said goodbye to Amanda, Caity Lotz directed LoT, and ATYPICAL WAS RENEWED!

Almost Family

In case you missed Tracy’s recap, Almost Family ended this weekend. Although I am super sad to see Amandie go, I was grateful for the way they wrapped up the storyline. And I’m even more grateful for the time we all got to spend getting to know Victoria Cartagena! She left this message for Amandie fans before the finale:

Atypical

Well, this news feels like a giant weight has been lifted off my shoulders! Atypical was renewed for a fourth (and final) season which means we will officially get more Cazzie content. I don’t know about y’all, but considering our history with Netflix, I really did not think we would be getting a new season. BUT THANK GOD WE ARE!

Batwoman

Kate Kane opened her bar this week on Batwoman and the writers tweeted out this flyer:

Gentefied

The new Netflix show, Gentefied, premiered last Friday and one of the main female characters is queer and in an interracial relationship. Be sure to check it out!

I also want to pay a quick tribute to Camila Concepción, who was a prominent trans and Latina activist and a writer on this show. Sadly, she passed away last week, before the show premiered. It is never easy to lose a member our LGBTQ+ community, but Linda Yvette Chávez, one of the show’s creators, posted this loving tribute to Camila and reminds us of all the good she did while she was here with us:

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Camila, mi amor, I can't seem to write these words without bursting into tears. I can't believe I'm writing these words at all. Because you're supposed to be here, Camila. You were supposed to be there Thursday and you weren't. And I texted you because I was worried. Because you were missing. A big part of this dream was missing and i should have known… I should have listened to that voice inside that said something was wrong… My love, you were brilliant. You were powerful. You were a creator Marvin and I were ready to champion to the ends of the earth. The first time you sat in that room with us a year and a half ago you were magnetic. You told story like you were spinning cotton candy. The sweetness enveloping the jagged edges of a woman looking to heal. My girl from El Monte who went to Yale who loved her girl from Norwalk who went to Stanford. And we trauma-bonded over being the only ones in a sea of whiteness. Over leaving our hoods and doing better and doing right by our mamis. You were an angel God sent me. I'll never forget the first text you sent me filled with so much love, respect, and adoration. You said you looked up to me but in words that felt like they were coming from the universe itself because you always seemed to send them when I needed them most. When I was struggling with making the show and was having a hard time believing in myself. You were this angel that would pop into my messages or into my office and say exactly what I needed to hear… and did I ever thank you for that? I thought I did but now I can't remember. And fuck I hope I did. You were a light. A brilliant light that struggled to shine in the midst of the darkness in this world. But I saw you, girl. I fucking saw you from the moment I laid eyes on you. I knew you were fucking magic and I wanted the world to devour your magnificence the way you deserved. Baby, you were going to have a show on HBO. I needed that show. I needed your voice. Your story. Your wisdom. Your fucking fierce wit and fearless IDGAF fervor. You should be here.

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Always remember that you are not alone and the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is always there when you need it: 1-800-273-8255.

Harley Quinn

I’m always skeptical of this kind of news but, in the following interview, the showrunner of ‘Harley Quinn’ teases that Harley and Poison Ivy were not together in season one only because they were not in good mental spaces at the time. Hopefully this means we get to see the iconic couple together in season two.

Legends of Tomorrow

Good news for all us Caity Lotz fans. She had her directorial debut this week with Legends of Tomorrow and her episode kicked ass. Many news outlets covered this milestone and now we are blessed with loads of Caity content to read through:

Love, Victor

*insert eye roll here*

Disney+ has apparently decided that their Love, Simon spin-off was not “family friendly” enough for their platform so it is now moving to Hulu. I’m a bit confused about what they thought they were getting when they originally green-lit the project, but whatever. Here’s to hoping we will get some queer women or trans characters on the new platform.

Supergirl

A great to end this post and your week! Melissa Benoist posted this music video featuring the entire cast of Supergirl. It is super cute and includes all our favorites!

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

About NikkiT

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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