Today just so happens to be my birthday lovely readers and I thought in honor of the day that I would share some of my favorite things to watch, read, and listen to. I also have a contest reminder for those of you that might have forgotten I’m giving away some prizes to two people before the end of the month. Settle in, grab some cake (preferably the ice cream kind), and check out some of my favorite things that I think you’ll love too.
The first on this list is KindaTV. Yes, I know that’s very broad and sort of cheating, but hey it’s my birthday which means I can bend the rules a little bit. KindaTV has such amazing content that spans a variety of genres and they so positively promote LGBTQ+ characters and storylines. I found the channel through Carmilla when it was still Vervegirl, and stayed for all of the other epic series. Beyond Carmilla they have MsLabelled, which feels like The Devil Wears Prada meets Project Runway. The first two seasons star Rebecca Liddiard and she has gone on to appear in so many different shows. She’s currently in Alias Grace on Netflix, Frankie Drake Mysteries, and was in the sadly cancelled too soon series, Houdini and Doyle. I also love All For One, Barbelle, Inhuman Condition, and honestly every show on the channel is a wonderful watch.
Number two is the webseries The Leslie. This webseries came into my life and led to some very amazing moments. Season one began and I would anxiously wait for new episodes to drop. Then before the finale I hosted a live tweet and during production of season two I was part of another live tweet, we even gave away a prize. Beyond being a wonderfully written series full of comedic moments The Leslie also covers the serious topic of identity and what happens after you come out. I also had the pleasure of meeting Kate Johnson, creator and star of the series, and Diana Spieller, who plays Alex, at ClexaCon this year. Both of them were so nice and it was amazing to be able to talk with them in person.
Third on the list is the A Cup of Gay Tea podcast. Hosted by two epic Australian ladies, Vicki and Katrina share their thoughts on a variety of queer topics and they are both the sweetest. Listening to their podcast is like hanging out with two of your friends and just passing the time talking about your favorite things. In earlier episodes they did recaps of tv shows that include queer characters and now they are focusing more on their reactions to different series and a variety of other LGBTQ+ related topics. They’ve also been sharing updates on their awesome D&D campaign, which I would totally take part in if I lived in Australia. They make my work day so much better because it feels like I have friends in my teeny little office.
Number four is something I’ve mentioned on this series before, the comic book series Hack/Slash. This series has been done for a super long time, but I was obsessed with it in high school and college. I own all of the graphic novels and I sometimes just pull them out and reread them when I get the urge. Hack/Slash is a horror comic focused on Cassie Hack, who happens to be bisexual. She travels the country hunting down murderers who refuse to die known as slashers. Cassie is an epic final girl, who with her friend Vlad takes down the seemingly unkillable killers. Over the course of the series she deals with coming to terms with her destiny as a hunter of killers as well as her sexuality. It’s a pretty racy comic with a lot of gore, but I have loved it for so long and any horror fans need to track down the first volume asap.
The fifth and final thing on this list, we’re going with five because today is the 25th and if I did everything I love we’d be here until my next birthday, is something that hasn’t officially been produced yet, but I needed to include it, Displaced. Now for those of you who are very puzzled and have no idea what Displaced is you are going to love it. Displaced is a webseries written by my friend Krista, which I’ve had the pleasure of reading all the way through. It currently has three seasons and is focused on queer college aged women. Madison starts college and finds herself rooming with Skyler. The more time she spends with Skyler the more Madison begins to realize she has feelings for Skyler. This is a huge shock to Madison, who had never considered that she might be gay. It’s seriously such a great series and it only exists on paper now, but there are two teaser scenes you can check out on my YouTube channel. I read Skyler and Krista reads Madison in both.
My last thing is that I want to remind you that I am doing a giveaway that will hopefully benefit The Trevor Project. All the details are in the video below. I hope that you have a fabulous day and are able to eat a sugary treat, I know I will.
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