Good and Gay: bisexual TV, lesbian penguins and more

Bisexual TV, lesbian penguins and queer folks in politics fill this week’s Good and Gay. From that rumored Clueless reboot landing at a network to the powerful documentary Surviving the Silence screening at a queer film festival, we’ve gathered the very best in queer news in one place for your perusing pleasure.

Lesbian penguins are proud new parents

Two lesbian penguins at the Oceanogràfic Aquarium in Valencia, Spain are parents of a newly hatched chick. Electra and Viola incubated, hatched, and are now raising their adopted chick. When the couple started to show breeding behavior including building their own nest out of stones, the aquarium’s bird-keeper Carlos Barros decided it was time. “They put two eggs each inside obviously without knowing they were not fertile, so we put one of the eggs from a different couple into their nest so they could take care of it,” Barros told Unilad, noting they are a great couple and are expected to make great parents as well.

Electra and Viola are far from the first queer penguins nor are they the first to incubate, hatch, and raise a chick.

Surviving the Silence documentary lands at OUTshine film festival

Surviving the Silence, the remarkable documentary that explores the experience of lesbians in the U.S. military prior to Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, will be screened at Miami’s OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival from August 23-26, 2020. The documentary tells the story of Colonel Patsy Thompson both while she presided over the board that dismissed Colonel Margarethe Cammermeyer for being a lesbian and in the aftermath when Thompson must grapple with her own queerness with her wife Barbara Brass. “As we approach the 10th anniversary of the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell later this year, it is timely to share the stories of these three incredible women with audiences in 2020,” says director Cindy L. Abel. “Younger people don’t know of Cammermeyer’s sacrifice, and we are thrilled to be the first film to reveal how Thompson’s quiet leadership behind the scenes lead to the eventual re-instatement of Cammermeyer and a historic change in U.S. military policy towards gays and lesbians.”

The OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival is open to Florida-based viewers. Learn more about Surviving the Silence and other opportunities to view the film here.

LGBTQ+ representation at DNC reaches new heights

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer folks have been playing a larger role in the Democratic National Convention—and more broadly in Democrat politics—this year. Tuesday night’s keynote brought together 17 politicians for a montaged speech. Georgia State Representative Sam Park, Pennsylvania State Representative Malcolm Kenyatta, and Long Beach, California Mayor Robert Garcia all participated, making this the first time LGBTQ+ folks had developed a keynote address at the DNC. Additionally, Veronica Pejril, Craig Hickman, and Pete Buttigieg all took park in virtual DNC events. Finally, and most notably, Karine Jean-Pierre’s selection to serve as chief-of-staff for Senator Kamala Harris’ Vice-Presidential campaign marks an important milestone for queer folks in mainstream politics.

Peacock develops Clueless reboot with a focus on Dionne

The TV reboot of Clueless has landed at Peacock for development. The series will center on Dionne, the undeniably cooler BFF to Cher, the film’s protagonist. Variety reports, “The untitled comedy series is described [as] a baby pink and bisexual blue-tinted, tiny sun-glasses wearing, oat milk latte and Adderall-fueled look at what happens when queen bee Cher disappears and her lifelong number two Dionne steps into Cher’s vacant Air Jordans. How does Dionne deal with the pressures of being the new most popular girl in school, while also unraveling the mystery of what happened to her best friend?”

The Clueless reboot was first reported in October, though without a network attached to the project.

Disney Channel’s The Owl House centers on bisexual teenager

An adorable new series has landed at Disney Channel—and it features a bisexual lead character. The Owl House, which follows bisexual, Dominican-American Luz as she explores a terrifying and delightful fantasy world, is the first Disney series to feature an openly bisexual main character, something series creator Dana Terrace had to fight for. “In [development] I was very open about my intention to put queer kids in the main cast. I’m a horrible liar so sneaking it in would’ve been hard haha. When we were greenlit I was told by certain Disney leadership that I could NOT represent any form of bi or gay relationship on the Channel.” Terrace continued, “I’m bi! I want to write a bi character, dammit! Luckily my stubbornness paid off and now I am VERY supported by current Disney leadership.”

The Owl House currently airs on the Disney Channel on Fridays and will likely arrive on Disney+ in the near future. It is also currently available on demand from your favorite platform (Prime, AppleTV, Google, DirectTv, etc.).

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