Welcome, GO readers, to our weekly roundup of the biggest lesbian, bisexual, queer, and transgender women’s news and entertainment stories! We’ll be recapping the biggest hits each week and talking to the newsmakers, movers, and shakers behind them.
LGBTQ Women Are Ready To Dominate T.V.
What a time for T.V. announcements! This week, FX announced a historic new show called Pose, which explores the world of 1980s New York ball culture, the downtown scene and the rise of the Wall Street rich. The show will feature five transgender actors as series regulars, including MJ Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson, Angelica Ross, Hailie Sahar and Indya. It’s the largest casting of its kind. And, that’s not all: Janet Mock and Our Lady J will be in the writers’ room. Ryan Murphy, who you probably know from American Horror Story, is behind the show, though it’s an opportunity for these stories to be told authentically. Pose wasn’t the only big television news this week. Queer lady Twitter freaked out over out bi actor Sara Ramirez’s tweet that she’ll joining Madam Secretary. We cannot wait for these shows.
A Lesbian Wedding Magazine Has Arrived
How have we not had an epic lesbian wedding magazine yet?! Enter Dancing With Her, a magazine that specializes in weddings for lesbian and bi women in same-sex relationships.
The magazine says that it celebrates women in love and features a guide to vendors in the U.S. and Australia. Tara Baker, one of the publication’s co-creators, told HuffPost that “…it is stories of love and celebration, but it’s diverse and it’s something that LGBTQ+ women can relate to. It breaks the heteronormative stereotypes that are so prevalent in media across the world.” The magazine features stories of real weddings and costs about $35 per issue.
Valkyrie Is Marvel’s Bisexual Superhero
Move over Thor, because Valkyrie has arrived. In the upcoming movie Thor: Ragnarok, actor Tessa Thompson stars as Marvel’s bisexual superhero. In the comics, it was hinted that Valkyrie had a relationship with an out lesbian character, Annabelle Riggs. While we can’t be sure what’s going to happen in the movie, Thompson confirmed that the character is true to her roots. “Val is Bi in the comics & I was faithful to that in her depiction. But her sexuality isn’t explicitly addressed in Thor: Ragnarok,” Thompson tweeted.
Danica Roem’s Historic Virginia Candidacy
Many are keeping an eye on Virginia because of the state’s gubernatorial race, but there’s another historical candidacy happening there. Danica Roem is running for the state legislature, the House of Delegates, and if elected she would be the first openly transgender state legislator in the entire country. To get there, though, she’ll have to defeat incumbent Republican Bob Marshall — who is totally anti-LGBTQ. In 2016, Marshall even introduced an anti-trans bathroom bill, while Roem has focused on transportation in her campaign. “He has been misgendering me for months,” Roem told NBC News in a profile.
It’s that time of year again, so get ready to don your spooky outfits and eat all the candy. If you don’t want to be a sexy-insert-any-object-here costume, or if costumes don’t speak to your gender identity, check out GO’s own guide to queer dressing up. Also, it never hurts to brush up on how to avoid cultural appropriation and insensitivity with your look. And, if you really don’t know what to be, there’s always the Babadook, 2017’s Pride icon. Happy celebrating!