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Cassie, unharmed after smashing a man’s headlights. Source.

Promising Young Woman felt, to me, like a movie about men. The many men in the movie give scene-stealing, often delightfully comedic performances, which is not what I wanted to take away from a movie that I thought would be about Carey Mulligan’s character, Cassie, murdering rapists. More than that, the women who do exist are barely present. Cassie’s mother is subdued, and her only friend is a joy in her few moments, but neither one of them knows Cassie at all.

Cassie closed herself off after her childhood best friend, Nina, is raped and then…


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This post was originally published at the Pacific Center for Human Growth’s now-closed blog on September 27, 2017.

Every year on the first Saturday of June, Disney’s Magic Kingdom is a sea of red. According to the official GayDayS® website, the Gay Days celebration began in 1991 with a group visit to park. The first time around 50,000 people showed up in red shirts to signify their unity. Since then, the event has expanded into a week-long experience throughout Orlando, full of parties, expos at hotels, and visits to other theme parks. This year there were more than 193,000 attendees…


Worried about the first day of school? These tips will help you figure out what resources your school already offers and what to do in times of trouble.

This post was originally published at the Pacific Center for Human Growth’s now-closed blog on August 21, 2017.

No matter what grade you’re starting this fall, heading back to carries added pressure for LGBTQ students. This is especially true for students who’ve come out over the summer and are returning with a new gender presentation, name and pronouns, etc. …


This post was originally published at the Pacific Center for Human Growth’s now-closed blog on July 5, 2017.

Pride Month is the one time of year our media is saturated with LGBT stories and celebrations, but this can be difficult for anyone who isn’t out. There are many reasons a person might be unable to engage in Pride celebrations, and being surrounded by stories of people who are able to could cause negative feelings like anxiety and guilt. Here are some self-care tips for those of you who might have been feeling this way for the past few weeks.

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This post was originally published at the now-closed Shakespeare and Punk on August 22, 2017.

This year I attended NYC Pride, my first Pride ever. I was equally nervous and excited. My idea of what to expect came from TV shows and personal essays. I’ve been in queer spaces before, in gay bars and GSA clubs, but Pride is on a different scale. I anticipated a feeling of infiltration, of saturation that I wouldn’t be able to find at any other place or time in the world. I expected not just to know I was surrounded by other members of…


Bex and Andi

This post was originally published at http://mediainclusivity.wordpress.com on June 14, 2017.

The show bringing me the most joy here in this terrible year of 2017 is a Disney Channel original called Andi Mack. I’m going to have to spoil you for the exciting thing that happens at the end of the first episode to make you understand why this show is so great: Andi, a biracial Asian-American middle school girl with a pixie cut, finds out that her edgy, wayward older sister Bex is actually her mom.

This is a startling topic for Disney programming, but it doesn’t end there…


This post was originally published at mediainclusivity.wordpress.com on July 27, 2016.

Season 3 of BoJack was dark. It was good. It was all the things all the thinkpieces and reviews are saying, probably. (Although I wasn’t as charmed by the limited-dialogue underwater episode as everyone else apparently was? Whatever.)

But these reviews aren’t really talking about Todd’s storyline this season, in which we learn that he’s asexual.

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So here’s how it goes down:

Todd is a rando who lives on has-been-but-on-the-questionable-rise-again actor BoJack’s couch, and is basically BoJack’s only friend, because he’s a nice kid and a pushover about BoJack…


So. Faking It got canceled.

This post was originally published at mediainclusivity.wordpress.com on May 18, 2016.

This show is the reason I made this blog in the first place, and I used to do a recap every episode, to talk about the good and the bad the show was doing. But the show is exhausting, and I wasn’t enjoying myself, so eventually I stopped. I have still been watching the show, but slowly, usually ages after the episodes air. …


This post was originally published at mediainclusivity.wordpress.com on March 27, 2016.

You might’ve heard that Mark Hamill is going around telling people that if they think Luke Skywalker is bisexual, or transgender, then that means he is bisexual, or transgender, or whatever else you read him as. That Luke is left up for interpretation, and that means your interpretation is right.

In a couple of weeks, a comic book will premiere that focuses on Poe Dameron, one of the main characters in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. A lot of people read Poe as queer. Some are hopeful that in…


Just kidding. I read it because I really wanted to.

This post was originally published at mediainclusivity.wordpress.com on October 8, 2015.

When I was 15, I loved Twilight. Then Breaking Dawn came out, and it was terrible, and I became aware of how Twilight is generally terrible and specifically problematic, and I got angry. Embarrassed. I felt duped. I hated Twilight obsessively for a bit, following it with scorn but also interest. Eventually, I found a comfortable place where I can acknowledge the parts I enjoy while also discussing its problems. I care. A lot. In a lot of different…

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