Pride is coming to an end technically, though really shouldn’t we just be celebrating our identities every month? As someone who has never lived near a place that does a Pride event, the closest was about an hour and a half away and I was only ever able to go one time since I don’t drive, strangely quarantine allowed me to actually participate in one for the first time in ages. Lez Hang Out, one of the podcasts I try to actively listen to every week, hosted the live stream with guests from across the country. While I was not tuned in for the entire stream, what I did see was a delight and I hope that even if we aren’t in quarantine next Pride month that they host this even again.
Now as this is Pride and every year I always see countdowns or listicles that highlight particular LGBTQ+ media that people think are vital I thought that Krista, my wife for those that don’t know, and I could do something like that ourselves. With a random assortment of pop culture elements we thought we would give our vague best of Pride list of more recent things we’ve watched, read, and listened to. With our lives being mostly indoors we have been able to watch a lot together so admittedly this is very visual media heavy.
First on the list shows for me is Vida and the final season. Admittedly I may have gotten a bit annoyed at the ending, but not because of anything wrong with the show. No, just the ending felt like it was still a cliffhanger and I am not really ready to let go of the characters just yet. I also really want Emma to crush their father’s attempts to take Vida with Lyn at her side. I also really wanted to see Eddy start dating, there were hints, but ultimately the decision was to put her ring back on. I did love how very queer Vida the bar and the events at the bar became in this season. There were also some great discussion moments like the conversation that evolved concerning the use of the word queer and how the younger generation in comparison to Eddy and her friends uses they/them pronouns and is more comfortable with existing outside of the gender binary. I actually had hoped for more discussions, but overall I really enjoyed the season. Just really wish that there had been more episodes to watch.
Another show that I finally have been able to get caught up on is Pose. Last year I moved during the last few episodes of season two and now that it is on Netflix I have been rapidly trying to see what I missed. Krista has also been periodically watching, but she has yet to watch the first season so that makes it a bit tricky. It is definitely going on the we need to watch this show together list once I finish up season two. The acting, the story, just all of it is so exceptional and touching. It needs to win all of the awards all the time. Now this is on the I have yet to finish it list, but the final season of She-Ra I know dropped and I have seen all the amazing art on Twitter so I sort of have an idea of how it ends. I just haven’t had time to sit down and actively finish it. Normally it is my work out show, but I have been a bit sicker than normal recently so I had to put off watching it. If the ridiculously cute art is any indication I am going to be exceptionally happy once I do actually get to finish the show.
One show we watched together that we both enjoyed was Love, Victor. We both had seen Love, Simon in theaters and had watched it together after that so when we saw that a sequel show was coming out we were very interested. Not only were we interested, but we binged the whole thing in pretty much one day. We had to watch the last episode the next day because we were both feeling very tired, but we were so close. The series is set after Simon has left to go to college and a new student named Victor has just moved there from Texas. He isn’t sure of his sexuality or at least tells Simon he isn’t sure, though music only plays when he sees the boy he has a crush on and not the girl he ultimately begins dating. The story is ultimately very sweet, but there are moments of tension within Victor’s family and an episode that focuses on his grandparents and how being gay might be received by his family if he comes out to them. Now the story ends without seeing any reactions to his coming out and we both hope it gets a second season so that we can actually see what happened. For Love, Simon fans Simon and Bram do make an appearance in a really cool episode near the end of the season.
For movies that are new I will say we haven’t really watched any scripted queer movies that are new. We did watch the documentary Circus of Books, which is a wild watch. It is all about a gay bookstore that was run by a straight Jewish couple. I thought it was really interesting and it was written and directed by the queer daughter of the owners. We do have two more documentaries on our watch this week list, Disclosure and Secret Love on Netflix. We had planned to get to them a bit sooner, but the past few days have been a bit stressful and we decided to watch some movies that required a bit less attention be paid to them. If you do want to see some of the random movies we watched on Saturday I did a whole thread with the titles of the movies and #GayDay. We watched 5 movies before the day was over and admittedly we did go a tiny bit into the next day.
Outside of watching things Krista and I have both been trying to read some books. She has been on a quest to find all of the Buffy comics that are continuations of the television show and I have been reading super sporadic things, which is very normal. She is currently reading Popcorn Love, which I read previously and thought she would like. I have read a lot, both queer and non-queer, but on the queer connected front I really liked The Pretty One by Keah Brown which is non-fiction and the fiction book Night Owls and Summer Skies by Rebecca Sullivan. I actually reviewed both of these so you can find out more of my thoughts in those articles. For comics I just finished Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy, which also included a cameo by Batwoman. This one is a super couple-y version of Harley and Ivy with the two of them on a road trip, which is just so much fun. Speaking of Harley and Ivy, Krista and I just watched the first season of the animated Harley Quinn show last night and we have plans to watch the second this week so expect an article soon. I also read a comic titled Camp Spirit by Axelle Lenoir that was surprisingly queer and a fun summer read. I also read Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker which had magic and really diverse representation. I am just starting You Should See Me in a Crown, but since I haven’t really gotten into it I don’t really have any official thoughts just yet.
For podcasts I have started listening to two new ones. The first was recommended by Lez Hang Out and I really enjoy it.Bad Queers examines the idea of how not all people who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community don’t always fit within the stereotypes that are assumed of us. They answer questions and discuss current events. It is so funny and Kris and Shana are delightful hosts. The other podcast I just started and it only has three full episodes, Big Queer Book Club. I have liked the first two episodes, though for some reason episode one had odd volume issues for me, and am curious to hear more of the books they choose and their discussions. Each episode focuses on one book and so far they have had a different guest for each one.
I have plans to get some more queer reading in now that we’ve officially organized all of our books. I know there are plenty that we own that I haven’t read yet. Keep an eye out for those reviews in the coming weeks.