Pop culture has always been ahead of the game when it comes to opening the hearts and minds of society. Long before the majority of the U.S. supported marriage equality, believed LGBTQ rights were human rights and accepted that we were born this way, the LGBTQ community was being acknowledged in movies, music, TV shows, books and more.
We have gathered the ABC’s of LGBTQ pop culture moments from over the last quarter century on this page to remind you of a few of those times that made us feel like we were being seen.
“American Horror Story: 1984” released its first full trailer giving an introduction to some of the main characters in the ’80s slasher flick-themed season.
The trailer shows Cody Fern portraying an aerobics instructor who convinces his friends (Emma Roberts, Billie Lourd) to become camp counselors at Camp Redwood. When they arrive, Mr. Jingles, a murderer, has just escaped from a nearby asylum.
Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actress Jane Lynch has brought joy to fans worldwide for years. Known for her roles in mockumentaries like “Best in Show” and animated features like “Wreck it Ralph,” she became a household name as the love-to-hate Sue Sylvester during her run on Fox’s hit musical series “Glee.”
The out comedian has most recently set her sights on singin’ her season’s greetings with “A Swingin’ Little Christmas.” She’s joined by Kate Flannery from “The Office,” jazz staples the Tony Guerrero Quintet and Tim Davis, known for his work with artists like Lady Gaga and Pentatonix.
Josie Totah, known for her work on “Champions” and “Glee,” came out as transgender in an essay for Time.
The 17-year-old says that she”let myself be shoved into a box: ‘J.J. Totah, gay boy,’” when that wasn’t her true identity. Totah wrote in the essay that her new name is Josie Totah and she goes by female pronouns.
“Pose” on the FX channel recently completed its inaugural season run and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Every week we were treated to the largest cast of transgender women ever assembled in one show, strutting across our screens with their improvised catwalks, to the beat of glorious 80s music.
We dove into the lives of their characters and saw their struggles with poverty, family, the men who fetishize them, sex work and living with HIV. We felt their hurt at yet another rejection and relished their triumphs in the face of adversity. In a way not too often seen on television, we were centered in the story and humanized.
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Do the intersecting lives of a fashion designer and the serial killer who murdered him add up to a political saga?
Absolutely, says Ryan Murphy, the powerhouse executive producer of “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” season two of the FX showcase that debuted with 2016’s Emmy-winning “The People v. O.J. Simpson.”
Fortune Feimster has been a comical force of nature since first appearing on NBC’s Last Comic Standing in 2010. The North Carolina native has been a member of the legendary comedy troupe The Groundlings; a writer and performer on Chelsea Handler’s groundbreaking late night talk show, Chelsea Lately; and has guest-starred on hit TV shows like 2 Broke Girls, Glee and Life in Pieces.
In Mindy Kaling’s hit Hulu series The Mindy Project, Feimster guest starred as the loveable nurse Colette, and was so loveable that Kaling turned Colette into a permanent character on the show.
Oh, the headlines. Oh the damage control. Oh, this election cycle that is whittling itself into obtuse ignominy before our very eyes. This is hell. In the past few weeks, we’ve witnessed the gloves coming off and the chandeliers swaying in an increasingly heated presidential-preference primary season, mostly because that’s what happens every four years and we should be accustomed to it. But it’s also because when manufactured candidates get closer to the truth, it’s almost like their wings melt, and the clashes of titans become more like stutters in rehearsed lexicon pools.
Case in point: the Feb. 5 Republican debate and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. It was a Saturday, and we all know that Saturday nights are all right for fighting, so the presence of playground bullies like Donald Trump and Chris Christie wasn’t a surprise. The popcorn was already burned; the rotgut already crystallized at the bottom of a red Solo cup for later tosses into regret fires. But Rubio – oh, our poor, poor former state House speaker and author of books sold at Wal-Mart on the cheap – he wasn’t quite ready, really, and the whole of the news media and the Republican slam book was on alert. Rubio, who is loved for no reason by the Log Cabin Republicans and people who don’t like politics alike (he’s cute from a distance, really, but there’s no need to get any closer), pulled a robotic Small Wonder and waivered from his fresh-faced political sprint. There in the miniature shadow of the New Hampshire primaries, Rubio went on autopilot, pulling an attack on sitting President Barack Obama, even though said sitting president is not even in these primaries.
Judy Gold is filled with rage, hate and contempt for the ills of modern life. Luckily, she’s also a brilliant stand-up comic. She also has won two Emmys, starred on shows like Louie, Sex and the City and Roseanneand, on her off days, is a wife, mother and LGBT/Jewish activist. As if her work ethic could be anymore enviable, Gold is doing a podcast called “Kill Me Now” where she invites a host of eclectic performers to join her in a delicious whirlwind of intelligent shit-talking.
“I think I have a voice for radio,” Gold says. “I originally had a deal with Sirius, which fell through. And, even though it’s Sirius, it still wasn’t gonna be me. So that’s where the idea for ‘Kill Me Now’ came from.”
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