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shadowhunters + giving us the lgbt representation we deserve (✿◠‿◠)
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via Is Getting Outsized Credit For Seriously Small Moments Of LGBT Inclusivity:

Power Rangers:

So, here’s how the sequence actually goes: Trini and the other Rangers are sharing personal stories around a fire, and Trini explains how she’s preferred to keep her family out of her day-to-day life and her relationships. “Boyfriend trouble?” Black Ranger Zack (Ludi Lin) asks. “Yeah, boyfriend trouble,” Trini says — maybe sarcastically? It’s hard to tell, as Becky G delivers 99% of her lines with a sardonic lilt. Zack squints, then asks, “Girlfriend trouble?” Trini doesn’t respond.

Beauty and the Beast:

The Gaston-adoring sidekick LeFou (Josh Gad) shares a two-second dance with another man in the movie’s finale. It’s a scene, as Pop Culture Happy Hour panelist Glen Weldon put it when he tweeted, that’s “exactly the kind of throwaway gay joke Hollywood’s always churned out.” It wasn’t the only one either — LeFou’s dance partner is a character who, in an earlier scene, is shown being unexpectedly pleased with the women’s clothing he’d been forcefully clad in by a combative Madame Garderobe.

And Star Trek Beyond:

Then there was last year’s Star Trek Beyond, which, also before its release, made the reveal — one treated as a bigger deal in interviews than it ended up being onscreen — that its incarnation of Lt. Hikaru Sulu (John Cho) was gay. It did this by introducing a never-named-on-screen husband, played by screenwriter Doug Jung, who Sulu was shown pulling into an affectionate but not especially nonplatonic embrace during a visit as they strolled away with their daughter. “If you blinked, you missed it,” said George Takei, who played Sulu on the original Star Trek television show. “There are others who are dealing with LGBT issues much more profoundly.”

All three studios made a big deal out of making LGBT characters textual, but they still assume their audiences are just as narrow-minded as they are.

In a world in which How to Get Away With Murder plunked a scene of implied rimming between Jack Falahee and Conrad Ricamora onto primetime network TV two years ago, it seems particularly eyerolly to give a studio movie a pat on the back for including a shot of two men with their arms around each other, in a totally gay way, they swear.

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Class act. She gets it
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The first Pride was a riot.

Wall sticker in Marlborough lesbian pub, Brighton.

i’m actually realizing this now

but the original poster said “queer power” and someone erased that and replaced it with “gay power”

real classy

#is this realWell. I’m not exactly an expert at image analysis, but the bottom text in the first one looks much cleaner than the top text while the second one matches better. Also, the creases in the second one on the Q and U seem like the sort of detail that wouldn’t be faked. Finally, this actually matches up significantly better to “queer” politics than “gay” politics; it was always queers who advocated and took the front lines in direct action.

If you put the image in an editor or just view the full size of the first image, it becomes very obvious that the text on the bottom was added later: all of the vertical lines in every letter are pixel perfect straight lines. That is basically impossible with a photo of a poster that is both visibly at an angle, and has paper weathering and other distortion. Look at the verticals of the white text to compare. The only distortion of the text is the jpg artifacts we would expect in that level of contrast. There is no lighting on the pink text either, another highly suspicious trait.

Additionally, if you crop out the pink text in op and run an image search you get the second photo, as well as four or five other photos of the poster, all reading “queer power.”

With the pink text left in, however, the only version of the poster is this exact image, sourcing to op.

I want every single person who ever argued with me on That Queer Post to take a long, hard look at this. I have been told at least dozens of times that “nobody is saying you can’t identify as queer,” that I’m “ignoring history,” that they’re not trying to shift back to gay, etc.

Now, here’s this post, in which queer people are having their art defaced in order to rewrite their identity. Where they’re being forcibly rewritten as gay. Where history is being literally goddamn erased. It’s got three times the notes of That Queer Post, and as far as I can tell, @bifoxstiles is the first one to challenge this narrative. And I’m not gonna hold my breath on y'all to call out OP.

They’re literally stealing our history, rewriting it into a new version that excludes more than half of the community. And nobody’s challenging this. You’re too busy trying to shut down inclusive, egalitarian language.

Shame on every last one of you.

Uhhhh. That’s like a really famous poster, at least if you are over a certain age. I recognized it immediately. 

Yeah. It… it never said ‘Gay Power’ originally. It said ‘Queer Power.’

What the actual fuck.


Ironically, just before this crossed my dash, Oxford University Press shared a link to a new archive of queer oral history. If not for Tumblr’s recent push to wipe “queer” from our collective memory, I wouldn’t have thought twice about OUP using the term. After all, it was chanted in pride and defiance when over a million of us participated in the 1993 March on Washington to demand an end to discrimination…

Video clip from that day: “We’ve come to Washington to show everyone that we’re here, we’re queer, and we’re not going anywhere!”

Queer theory, queer studies, new queer cinema, queer liberation: it was and remains the umbrella term in academia, since “gay” leaves out the bulk of people discriminated against for their gender and/or sexuality.

In the past year, I’ve seen some Tumblr members trying to suppress the word “queer,” just as people back then tried to suppress us. The excuse is that it’s sometimes used as a slur. But so is “gay.” In my 45 years, I have heard/seen “gay” used as an slur far more often.

At first, I tried to respect the fact that “queer” bothered some Tumblr users, even though it was painful for me to see queer-positive posts tagged “q slur.” But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that caving in to those asking us to drop the term “queer” would permit homophobic and/or transphobic sensibilities to define our identities. Do we have to drop “gay” now as well, or tag it “g slur”? Since when did we stop reclaiming these words as a matter of pride? 

Isn’t this just the latest ploy of internalized homophobia/transphobia sneaking up on us? 

Unfortunately, erasing “queer” from our vocabulary has hurtful real-world consequences.

Silencing “queer” silences many of those who fought, marched, rioted and died for your rights. It erases those of us who are queer but not gay: trans, intersex, nonbinary, lesbian, bisexual, aromantic, asexual people, and more (see why the term is so necessary?) Erasure/minimization of queer people is how we end up with disrespectful historical revisionism like that Stonewall movie. Or the Photoshopped poster above, rewriting our history with a lie. 

And that’s the real kicker.

Erase “queer” from our vocabulary, and we erase future generations’ ability to learn about their past. How will they be able to find LBGTA+ history, if you teach them not to use one of the main keywords they need to search for to find it? 

How much of our past and present community will be rendered invisible and their needs ignored (this article is really, REALLY worth a read), if those now lobbying against the term “queer” are successful?

Decades ago, when being out was taking a huge risk, we chanted, “We’re here, we’re queer, get used to it!” It would be a bitter irony if, even as mainstream society becomes “used to it,” as demonstrated from the Supreme Court to the bridge of the U.S.S. Enterprise, our own community becomes less “used to it.”

Think about the forces of prejudice who were trying to silence us when that “queer power” sign was made. Please don’t let them win.
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just wanna remind everyone it’s canon that Lisa is queer

just wanna remind everyone it’s canon that Lisa is queer

A lesbian. Lesbian. LESBIAN. Thanx


… She likes men as well though. She marries Millhouse and dates other men as well (after this image, I know many lesbians have past relationships with men). She’s also polyamorous- the following year she has two girlfriends.

She’s queer.
She dates men and women.
And is poly.

So…….queer erasure it is then!

in todays issue of ‘monosexuals claiming the very existence of bi people is gay erasure’

[picture is of a Simpsons couch gag, the one where they show shots from the future and Lisa is on the couch with her college girlfriend]

This is also the most direct individual example I’ve seen of this phenomenon.

The more I think about who uses “queer”, the clearer it is that it’s a ton of people under the bi umbrella - especially because there’s so little bi visibility that MOST bi people are afraid to claim “the B word” - and, especially, a ton of trans people. IIRC, one survey had a majority of trans people identifying their sexual orientation specifically as “queer”.

This is undoubtedly also partly because there’s such a huge overlap between bi and trans people, and because our communities have always been allies.

The more I look at who opposes the word, the more restricted it is to the various branches of the radical feminist communities telling everybody not to use this terrible slur. People outside that community pick it up because it sounds important, when you say something is a slur. Or because they personally hate the word. But that’s where it seems like it originates.

So, it’s coming primarily from a community that’s known for having an extremely anti-trans branch. And which has an overall philosophy that’s toxic to bisexuals, genderqueer/nonbinary people, and aces/aros. And which also has a pattern of wrapping abusive acts in faux-social-justice terminology - pretending that trans people invade women’s spaces, labeling any terms people use for calling them out as “slurs”, etc.

And the “q slur” meme spreads, because it sounds social-justice-y. It makes it seem like the larger community has rejected the term, instead of a subculture of a subculture being very very vocal about…

how we should ban a term that is primarily used by bi/trans people…

that is the only word many people feel safe using to describe themselves, thanks to rampant bi erasure and bi demonizing and to the pressure to fit your sexual orientation into a binary…

and that is the only word any of us has that lets us identify people like us in history without a ton of “but they didn’t have that identity back then”…

or to identify what we all, including aces/aros, have in common today, the essence of what is wonderful about all our different flavors of queerness as well as what the rest of the world…

It’s the only word we have that can build that community and hold it together, without all this infighting about terminology. (All right, I know that people can fight about any term. It’s the one that doesn’t explicitly exclude anybody that it shouldn’t.)

It’s also a word that a huge number of bi people use to identify themselves. A minority of gay and lesbian people prefer it over “gay” or “lesbian”. But in the bi community, it’s a HUGE thing for people to call themselves “queer” instead of “bisexual”. It’s so common that it’s one of the things people include when the spell out what “bi+” includes.

It’s also a word that almost 25% of trans people use to label their sexual orientation (with 52% of trans people identifying as some flavor of “bi+” including this “queer” 25%). (It’s in the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, which surveyed almost 2,000 trans people.)

It has seemed to me for a while that the effort to go back to the “queer’s a slur” fight of the fucking 1980s is an unconscious attempt to center things around “same-gender attraction” and push issues that are specific to being intersex, trans, ace/aro, and bi+ out to the margins. Or, anyway, farther out to the margins. Just the same as the tendency to label everything “the gay rights movement” does, or the pattern of referring to “gay and trans” issues and leaving everything else out. 

So yeah.

Lisa’s queer.

“It has seemed to me for a while that the effort to go back to the “queer’s a slur” fight of the fucking 1980s is an unconscious attempt to center things around “same-gender attraction” and push issues that are specific to being intersex, trans, ace/aro, and bi+ out to the margins.”


Read it once, then read it again.

I fought this battle once already–in the 90s, when we had to. Why are we still eating our own this way now? 

If I didn’t know better (hm.) I’d be very suspicious of instigators deliberately trying to trigger in-fighting in order to serve as a distraction from the very real work that still desperately needs to be done. Why are we fighting about a word we took back more than twenty years ago, when our people are still dying on the streets every goddamned day?

Use that righteous energy where it will do some actual good. 


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