Djuan writes that she has wanted to find the right words to make her statement, but struggled.
For months, I have been contemplating how I would write this post, how I would position it, when would be the right time to post it. Should I make it funny? Should I make it mysterious? Should I make it serious? Should I pick a special date to do it? Should I build some kind of anticipation around it? Hmmm…ain’t nobody got time for that. I have written and re-written and deleted and restarted this post more times than I care to share, and after all of that I have finally realized: “There ain’t nothin’ to it, but to do it.” So, here we go folks…
I am queer.
As I was finishing up my Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. recap last night, silently bemoaning the fact that the very lesbian Agent Victoria Hand still hasn’t come out on-screen, an ironic thing happened: Black Canary (played by Caity Lotz) revealed herself as the bisexual ex-girlfriend of Nyssa al Ghul (played by Katrina Law) on CW’s Arrow, making them the first queer female characters in Marvel or DC’s cinematic universes.
Here’s how it went down:
Not too very long ago Sara Lance was rescued by the League of Assassins after nearly drowning in a boating accident. To show her thanks, all they asked was that she train with them to become a super-secret super-killer. And when Ras al Ghul, the leader of the League of Assassins, asks you to do something, you pretty much agree, or you pretty much die. Sara trained with the LoA but decided it really wasn’t the life for her, so she escaped and took up with Oliver Queen/Green Arrow & Co., which has allowed her to explore her superheroic Black Canary side. (They have a lot in common; his Pops was also involved in a shipwreck.)
AE INTERVIEW EXCLUSIVE: Hannah New talks about her new role as a sexually fluid black marketeer on “Black Sails”
"I think what’s really interesting if you look at any kind of eighteenth century literature, one of a very strong line of female writing was to deal with the romantic letter writing and it was very often between two women. I think that idea that two women could really, really identify it and support each other and that it’s a friendship that does involve love and it does involve affection and it does involve a sexual attraction. I think that’s a really important thing to be known and if you read any of those things, it’s pretty explicit. It’s explicit in a non-titillating…they’re writing to each other. This isn’t for a male audience. Do you know what I mean?
I think that was really an important thing that Jessica and I wanted to get across is that these two women support each other and they have a mutual responsibility towards each other. Their relationship goes really deep and I think that Jessica plays it so beautifully. She’s one of the most generous actresses I’ve ever worked with. I actually have got goose bumps talking about her. I think bringing to light that story is really important and the fact that it doesn’t always work out, I think, is also a very realistic way of portraying this relationship because they are women in men’s world, in a very masculine society. I think they don’t give a shit whether anyone judges them for it. I mean, that’s not the society they live in.
The most exciting film festival in America gets underway next week. The prestigious Sundance Film Festival will unspool 120+ new features, shorts, documentaries and innovative media projects in Park City, Utah from January 16 to 26—showcasing, as always, a hefty slate of LGBT films for the edification of the citizens of Utah and the visiting masses.
With the Sundance stamp of approval chances are good that you’ll be seeing many of these have some kind of release in 2014 (whether at your own local LGBT film fest, art house theater, digital platform or else on DVD). Here’s a quick overview of some of the most-anticipated films on view at Sundance
AfterEllen: You are going to be headlining this year’s Dinah, or as it’s sometimes called, Lesbian Spring Break! Which sounds like a lot more fun than Ft. Lauderdale. Is your first time performing there? Have you attended as guests before?
Tegan Quin: No, I’ve never made it to a Dinah Shore before, so this will be our first time playing and our first time attending.
AE: Well I think you guys are going to be in for a treat—well I know at least everyone else there is.
TQ: Yeah we are really excited. I mean, I have a million friends who have gone and it’s just been one of those things that I’ve wanted to do and never happened, so I feel really excited.
AE: So it’s pretty obvious you are going to tear the roof off the joint. You can’t really help but want to dance to Heartthrob. I’m guilty of doing that in the subway, actually myself. Will you be playing some of your older fan favorites as well?
TQ: Yeah, we absolutely do. I mean our live shows include songs from all of our records, so we definitely love playing all our stuff. It’s a good mix, I think.
AE: I remember very distinctly going to my local record shop in Kalamazoo Michigan in 2000 and stumbling across This Business of Art. It was unlike anything else I had heard. You music continues to be very unique and progressive. With each new album comes a new feeling, a new sound. Is that something that is very important to the both of you, or is it just the natural evolution of your sound as musicians?
TQ: I think it’s a bit of everything. I think it absolutely is part of just a natural evolution, of a new vision, of constantly striving to do something new and different. I think Sara and I are. If you talk about, this is what came out so many years ago, I think we have just grown and evolved as artists. As individuals we changed, the business changed, the way we make music as changed, the way we record music has changed. I think there’s just a lot more options than when we first started and we were limited in terms of experience and ability, but also in terms of finances and money. We couldn’t afford a big band. We couldn’t necessarily translate our record live the way we can now.
Oftentimes in the studio, we were reluctant to layer all the harmonies or background vocals, because how would we ever perform them live? Now we have the ability. Just even something as simple as being able to sample a vocal and play it. Like have Sara play “ohhhs” and background things on a keyboard, on stage, while she sings a harmony. Things have just evolved so much. It’s a crazy, weird science experiment that our music has become. I think it’s allowed us to really try everything. I think that’s what’s really cool about our progress because it really hasn’t cut into the writing. I think we write better than we ever did and I think we still care most about the songs and the stories. Telling those stories and writing great songs, that is ultimately the most important thing to us. And I don’t think we compromised any of that.
Just in time for last night’s season premiere of Pretty Little Liars, Marissa Farina of LezBeOnTalk discusses the pros and cons of dating each Liar for AfterEllen.com. Who would you date? Aria, Spencer, Emily or Hanna? Let us know & watch more of Marissa here!
Last night at a Knicks game, noted lady-likers/beautiful people Cara Delevingne and MIchelle Rodriguez guzzled booze, puffed e-cigs, and passionately kissed in a charming display of NO FUCKS GIVEN.