—because it was grassy and wanted wear




are you fucking kidding me  



I think our film can reach a wide variety of people. I feel like adults will like it, kids will like it, girls will like it, boys will like it. I hope all of these things are true. I also feel like all of them can dislike it. (laughter)

Just so everyone is aware



There is a difference between “queerbaiting” and “two straight males who just have a close friendship”

Am I queerbaiting by being close buddies with the guy who runs this with me? 

Please don’t try and act like you know every intricate detail of a show’s target audience from something as simple as that, and at least understand the difference before you hate on shows just for DARING to have two close friends that are straight and male

The word “Bromance” comes into it a few times, but I can see people calling it oppressive in some form

I agree, there’s a difference. In BBC Sherlock, however, the “friendship” between John and Sherlock is deliberately framed in such a way as to encourage the audience to view it as a romantic relationship. 

Here is an extremely detailed post on the subject, knock yourself out. And that’s just the way it is directed and filmed. There’s also the fact that everyone in universe seems to take their romantic relationship for granted, prompting John to vehemently deny his homosexuality multiple times (which is problematic in itself).


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I used to be picked in high school. People were like “You look like Jason Priestley!”

I used to be picked in high school. People were like “You look like Jason Priestley!”








I understand having problems with the Eleven/Jenny kiss, I really do. I have issues with it too. I don’t feel comfortable calling it “sexual assault” (and I REALLY take issue with the fact that someone recently called it “rape”, which seems like seriously diluting that definition and it feels gross), but I understand why some people would consider it thus.


Whenever someone brings up that actually, Moffat didn’t write that kiss, someone will invariably say “yeah but he’s the showrunner, he controls everything!” Right. I can see that. Except no one EVER mentions that actually Mark Gatiss wrote that episode; shouldn’t someone tell HIM that’s not okay? Or that Matt Smith improvised the kiss; and yet very, very rarely will someone give him the blame for their problem with it. I understand Moffat “controls everything” (although he controls less than tumblr, which knows nothing about the production of the show, believes) but there are SEVERAL people closer to the issue than he is and to pawn off the blame on him seems weird.

This post isn’t about whether or not that kiss is problematic, because frankly I’ve had that argument too many times. This is about placement of responsibility. This is one of the issues that I think actually needs to be addressed in Doctor Who and it makes me furious that people aren’t interested in actual responsibility for it but instead are using it to fuel their Moffat hate. Yes, if you go far enough up the chain of command Moffat is “to blame”, but don’t pick on him FIRST, not here, not about this. For God’s sake, we could do something useful and instead we’re dicking around.

As Moffat is the executive producer, the buck stops with him. And not just related to script—related to overall culture on the show. If Matt Smith improvised the kiss, then clearly he is to blame for the action as is the director of The Crimson Horror, Saul Metzstein, who saw fit to keep it immortalized on film. But even so, the fact that they were able to operate and get that aired says volumes about the culture, which lands right back on Moffat’s door.

You want to change behavior, you change the culture. What you don’t dick around with is onesy-twosy examples of small actions by individuals. You don’t just saw off a rotten tree branch and hope for the best—you look for the literal root of the problem… and since the show has a well-documented pattern of queer disrespect since Moffat took over that the lovely claudiaboleyn has already addressed time and time again, you find the root that feeds both branches.

As since the kiss was improvised, I fail to see how Gatiss would bear any blame for something he didn’t write into the script to begin with.

And would that Tumblr had a say in anything, lol….

Where does the information that the kiss was improvised even come from?

I know the kiss with Rory was allegedly improvised and from a filming standpoint it’s such a short simple scene that I can see how it ended up in the final episode.

The kiss with Jenny however?? There’s a lot of planning involved with different camera angles and follow up action and dialogue. This thing is not just something you throw in there for shits and giggles as an actor - or if you do this surely wouldn’t have looked like the scene we saw in the final cut. Of course, it could have been that Matt improvised a first kiss, butchered the scene but the director liked it so much that they reworked it with additional takes so it’d fit into the episode. However, if that was the case it would be a bit unusual from what I hear about filming DW cause the directors usually don’t add/drastically alter scenes like that. So even if we believe this scenario there would have to be an alternative take of the scene as it was actually written and it would have been up to Moffat as the showrunner to decide on what to use in the final cut.

The simplest scenario however would be that Gatiss wrote it in and no one noticed its problematic undertones because that happens quite a lot. And no, even though Moffat still has the final say I don’t excuse Gatiss on this either.

I don’t have a source for it (so take it with copious amounts of salt) but I recall reading that Catrin said Matt was the one who came up with the kiss, and that she insisted on having the slap.  From what I understand, it wasn’t improvised, but it wasn’t in the original script either.

Ok, that makes at least for a more believable scenario - “Matt improvised the kiss!” just gives a totally different vibe than “it was his idea, they rehearsed and planned the scene with his co-actress and the director (and possibly even with the writer and/or showrunner)”. I suppose it’s just bugging me that there’s this belief in fandom that an actor can just throw whatever the hell they want into a scene and everyone will just run with it. So yeah, this one was definitely planned and everyone involved is probably to blame - some more than others surely.

Maybe I’m projecting this, but when I hear “the kiss was Matt’s idea and Catrin insisted on the slap”, it sounds to me like “Matt proposed it,  Catrin didn’t like it but she got vetoed, so she did what she could to mitigate it.”  Pure speculation on my part, but it sounds like Matt thought forced kissing was just fine and dandy, and Catrin didn’t.

And on top of that,it was all still played and edited for comedy. There are a lot of people to blame about this, is what it comes down to, which makes for some very disturbing thinking being common place enough for it to not be challenged at any point, or for no one to feel like they COULD challenge it.

Its almost like rape culture and patriarchy are real things and allow female autonomy and consent to be played as jokes without anyone ever thinking about it

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More YA and YA-friendly books about LGBT characters of color


By Malinda Lo

Last October, I posted a list of YA books about LGBT characters of color. It’s been tough to find more books, so these additions expand the goal slightly and are about (1) a queer person of color protagonist; (2) a queer protagonist in a romantic relationship with a POC; or (3) a main character dealing with queer POC parents as the central story line.

Please note: Not all of these were published as “young adult” novels; some are technically “adult” novels but are about young queer people of color coming of age. Links go to Barnes & Noble; descriptions are from Worldcat.



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The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson and Sarah Rees Brennan (Margaret K. McElderry Books)

Ten short stories about bisexual, half-Asian warlock Magnus Bane from Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices trilogies.

Angry Management by Chris Crutcher (Greenwillow Books)

A collection of short stories featuring characters from earlier books by Chris Crutcher.

Happy Families by Tanita S. Davis (Random House Children’s Books)

In alternating chapters, sixteen-year-old twins Ysabel and Justin share their conflicted feelings as they struggle to come to terms with their father’s decision to dress as a woman.

Down to the Bone by Mayra Lazara Dole (Bella Books; originally published by HarperTeen)

Laura, a seventeen-year-old Cuban American girl, is thrown out of her house when her mother discovers she is a lesbian, but after trying to change her heart and hide from the truth, Laura finally comes to terms with who she is and learns to love and respect herself.

The Culling by Steven dos Santos (Flux)

In a futuristic world ruled by a totalitarian government called the Establishment, Lucian “Lucky” Spark and four other teenagers are recruited for the Trials. They must compete not only for survival but to save the lives of their Incentives, family members whose lives depend on how well they play the game.

For Today I Am a Boy by Kim Fu (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Peter, the only boy among four siblings born to Chinese immigrants, is convinced he is a girl and must fight the confines of a small town as well as the expectations of his parents to forge his own path into adulthood.

Mariposa Club by Rigoberto Gonzalez (Lethe Press)

Four gay high school boys start a club, and when one of them is targeted in a homophobic incident, the entire school turns to them as a symbol of grief, fear and hope.

Sister Mischief by Laura Goode (Candlewick)

Esme Rockett, also known as MC Ferocious, rocks her suburban Minnesota Christian high school with more than the hip-hop music she makes with best friends Marcy (DJ SheStorm) and Tess (The ConTessa) when she develops feelings for her co-MC, Rowie (MC Rohini).

A Map of Home by Randa Jarrar (Penguin)

Nidali, the rebellious daughter of an Egyptian-Greek mother and a Palestinian father, narrates her story from her childhood in Kuwait, her early teenage years in Egypt (to where she and her family fled the 1990 Iraqi invasion), to her family’s last flight to Texas. 

Chulito by Charles Rice-Gonzales (Magnus Books)

Set against a vibrant South Bronx neighborhood and the youth culture of Manhattan, Chulito is a coming-of-age, coming out love story of a sexy Latino man and the colorful characters that populate his block.

Blue Boy by Rakesh Satyal (Kensington Books)

Satyal’s lovely coming-of-age debut charts an Indian-American boy’s transformation from mere mortal to Krishnaji, the blue-skinned Hindu deity. Twelve-year-old Kiran Sharma’s a bit of an outcast: he likes ballet and playing with his mother’s makeup. He also reveres his Indian heritage and convinces himself that the reason he’s having trouble fitting in is because he’s actually the 10th reincarnation of Krishnaji. He plans to come out to the world at the 1992 Martin Van Buren Elementary School talent show, and much of the book revels in his comical preparations as he creates his costume, plays the flute and practices his dance moves to a Whitney Houston song. But as the performance approaches, something strange happens: Kiran’s skin begins to turn blue. Satyal writes with a graceful ease, finding new humor in common awkward pre-teen moments and giving readers a delightful and lively young protagonist.

Street Dreams by Tama Wise (Bold Strokes Books)

Tyson Rua has more than his fair share of problems growing up in South Auckland. Working a night job to support his mother and helping bring up his two younger brothers is just the half of it. His best friend Rawiri is falling afoul of a broken home, and now Tyson’s fallen in love at first sight. Only thing is, it’s another guy. Living life on the sidelines of the local hip-hop scene, Tyson finds that to succeed in becoming a local graffiti artist or in getting the man of his dreams, he’s going to have to get a whole lot more involved. And that means more problems, the least of which is the leader of the local rap crew he’s found himself running with. Love, life, and hip-hop never do things by half.

Love & Lies: Marisol’s Story by Ellen Wittlinger (Simon & Schuster) (America Latina lesbian MC)

When Marisol, a self-confident eighteen-year-old lesbian, moves to Cambridge, Massachusetts to work and try to write a novel, she falls under the spell of her beautiful but deceitful writing teacher, while also befriending a shy, vulnerable girl from Indiana.

From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun by Jacqueline Woodson (Penguin)

Almost-fourteen-year-old Melanin Sun’s comfortable, quiet life is shattered when his mother reveals she has fallen in love with a woman.

Thanks to Daisy Porter of Queer YA for many suggestions.