Queer Beats – July 17, 2020

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Welcome back to Queer Beats, your weekly one-stop shop for queer television news! This week, Aisha Dee spoke up about off-screen diversity and we all start prepping for SDCC.

San Diego Comic Con

Before heading into this week’s news, I want to point everyone towards Mika’s SDCC post that covers everything queer-related at SDCC’s upcoming virtual convention! Check it out!

The Bold Type

Aisha Dee spoke out about diversity behind the camera of The Bold Type and brought much needed attention to the issue of supporting creators of color off-screen, especially on a show that prides itself on diversity on-screen. She also touched on Kat‘s current storyline that lots of fans have recently been speaking out about. She has joined the list of many actors of color who have spoken up about the lack of diversity in the Film&TV industry recently and I am grateful for her bravery! Her co-stars, Meghann Fahy and Katie Stevens, reposted her words as well.

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for us ♥️

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Bomb Girls

We all know that the lack of LGBTQ+ focused holiday movies is an very big issue for our community. Hopefully, A Holiday I Do will change that! Funds are currently being raised (through Kickstarter) for a queer holiday film starring Ali Liebert (of Bomb Girls)! Hopefully, it will eventually be picked up by a bigger network.

Glee

Heartbreakingly, Naya Rivera‘s body was recovered from Lake Piru this week. I am still in shock that we lost Naya and I know it is weighing heavily on the queer TV fandom right now. She meant so much to so many of us and Santana was truly a world-changing character. She gave a voice to the voiceless. Our thoughts are with Naya’s family and friends, especially her son who she so lovingly saved.

Many of her friends (especially from the Glee cast) have posted in honor of Naya’s life. There are many to check out on your own, but I will post one from Heather Morris, who played the Brittany to Naya’s Santana on Glee.

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We started out as the closest friends and then like all new things, we went through a bit of a rocky phase. However, we stuck by each other’s side and created the most beautiful friendship built out of love and understanding. The last I had the chance to see you in person, I had left oranges outside our home for you to take. I wanted to say hi through the window but my phone didn’t ring when you called (which it never does, f*cking T-Mobile), so instead you and Josey left two succulents on our doorstep as a thank you. I planted those succulents and I look at them everyday and think of you. I still listen to your EP on repeat because from the moment I heard it, it struck me and I always wished the world knew more of your voice. You sent me over 5 dozen SnapChat videos when you and Josey woke up in the morning and I kick myself that I didn’t save one of them. You always shared recipes and I admired your love for food. We vowed to spend every Easter together, even though Covid stole this last one from us. You are and always will be the strongest and most resilient human being I know, and I vowed to carry that with me as I continue to live my life. You constantly taught me lessons about grief, about beauty and poise, about being strong, resilient and about not giving a fuck (but still somehow respectful ). Yet, the utmost important lesson I learned most of all from you was being a consistent and loving friend. You were the first to check in, the first to ask questions, the first to listen..you cherished our friendship and I never took that for granted. We never took photos together because we mutually hated taking pictures…our relationship meant more than proof. I have countless pictures of our babies playing, because we shared that kind of pride and joy. So I’m showing the world a photo of our little goof balls for you, because I know that meant more than anything and they remind me of you and I. I speak to you everyday because I know you’re still with me and even though I’m feeling greedy that we don’t get more time together, I cherish every moment we had and hold it close to my heart.

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Rest in peace, Naya. Thank you for always being so supportive and generous with your love for the LGBTQ+ community. We will never forget you or your beautiful voice!

Killing Eve

Okay, I honestly don’t have any information on where these pictures come from but I do know they are from a photoshoot of Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer and I also know they are VERY CUTE!

The L Word: Generation Q

Jennifer Beals posted this cute #FBF photo:

Also, Sarah Shahi was on Leisha Hailey and Kate Moennig‘s podcast this week!

Lucifer

The trailer for Lucifer’s next (and final) season has been released:

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.
tv-hd Favorite Shows: Orphan Black, One Day at a Time, Vida, Batwoman, Pose
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