Nonbinary and queer entertainment news fill this week’s Good and Gay! From Season 2 of Feel Good landing at Netflix to Loki finally being allowed to be genderfluid in the MCU, we’ve gathered the very best, very queerest news from the internet in one place for your reading pleasure! Happy Pride, y’all!
Feel Good Season 2 has arrived and explores nonbinary identities
Last week Season 2 of Netflix’s Feel Good landed and it continues to handle difficult topics like addiction and gender exploration with a good dose of humor. Season 1 was entertaining and heartbreaking and we’re excited to see Mae Martin back playing a fictional version of themself, as well as co-writing the series. This season finds Martin and ex-girlfriend George spending time apart, Martin confronting their abuser, and Martin exploring their gender identity. Of course, it’s all told with a healthy dose of humor. “Even in really dark situations, people are ridiculous,” Martin, who came out as nonbinary in April, tells NewNowNext.
Feel Good is available to stream on Netflix.
Plan B’s queer subplot delights
Plan B, the new teen comedy directed by out actor Natalie Morales, tells the story of two young women’s search for a pharmacist who will prescribe one of the them, Sunny, Plan B. Though Plan B is legal, pharmacists have a morality clause that allows them to deny access. The film both explores and satirizes this reality. As Sunny and her bff Lupe search for Plan B, Lupe talks to a girl named Logan, her crush who Sunny assumes is male…until she meets her. Lupe and Logan’s romance is developed beautifully onscreen and allows Lupe to come out on her own terms. It’s definitely a subplot, but in the hands of Morales, it’s one that shines.
Plan B is streaming on Hulu.
Queer actor Amybeth McNulty cast in Stranger Things Season 4
When Anne with an E was canceled, many fans were deeply disappointed, but now that star Amybeth McNulty, who came out last year, has been cast in Season 4 of Stranger Things, those fans have something to look forward to! McNulty will play Vickie, a cool, chatty band nerd who “catches the eye of one of our beloved heroes” according to Netflix’s tweet above. Fans are speculating that Vickie may end up dating openly lesbian Robin Buckley (Maya Hawke). Here’s hoping they’re right! Either way, congratulations, Amybeth!
Stranger Things Seasons 1-3 are currently streaming on Netflix.
MCU finally allows Loki to be nonbinary, fluid onscreen
Loki, the adopted sibling of Thor and trickster extraordinaire, has long been genderfluid and nonbinary in the comics, sometimes presenting in more masculine or more feminine ways, often using “she” and “he” interchangeably. She is also bisexual throughout the comics. However, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) Loki (Tom Hiddleston) has been more or less straight-washed. That is, until now. In the new Disney+ series Loki, directed by Kate Herron, there has already been canonical evidence that antihero Loki is genderfluid. When he’s apprehended by the Time Variance Authority, we get a sneak pick at his paperwork and his sex is listed as “fluid.” Sure, it’s not much to go on, but it’s a start. Here’s hoping later episodes of the new series get into Loki’s fluidity and bisexuality in more depth.
Loki is available to stream on Disney+.
Wild Nights with Emily streams on Hulu
Director Madeleine Olnek’s Wild Nights with Emily tells the story of renowned poet and author Emily Dickinson as if she were a lesbian in a romcom. Beloved actor Molly Shannon plays Dickinson as she navigates the romances of youth and the lesbian loves of her adulthood. The film is built in part on Dickinson’s private letters.
You may have missed this 2018 romcom when it came out, but you don’t have to worry. Wild Nights with Emily is now streaming on Hulu.