Nonbinary, bisexual, and queer news fill this week’s Good and Gay to the brim with items that are sure to make you do the happy dance! From Sara Ramirez being cast in the Sex and The City reboot to Demi Lovato coming out as nonbinary, we’ve gathered the best queer, bisexual, and nonbinary news from around the world in one place just for you! Plus, the first nonbinary mayor in the world was elected last week! Anna Paquin has had it with biphobia! And more! Kick back, let out that breath you’ve been holding, and get ready to grin ear to ear.
Sara Ramirez cast as nonbinary podcast host for Sex and The City reboot
The Sex and The City reboot, titled And Just Like That…, was announced earlier this year and it just got a whole lot queerer. Sara Ramirez, known for her role as bisexual character Callie Torres on Grey’s Anatomy, will play Che Diaz, a stand-up comic and podcast host, in the new series. All the better is the fact that out bisexual and nonbinary actor Ramirez will be playing a queer, nonbinary character. According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Che is a big presence with a big heart whose outrageous sense of humor and progressive, human overview of gender roles has made them and their podcast very popular.” Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) is a regular guest on Che’s podcast and we can’t wait to see what comes of this awesome casting news.
And Just Like That… will be available on HBO Max at some point. Production started this spring.
Anna Paquin stands up for her bisexuality
Last week, Flack and True Blood star Anna Paquin took to Instagram to post about International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia. The actor, who has been openly bisexual since 2010, added a caption to her post that read “As always sending love to my #lgbtqia siblings.” The following day, she posted an image of a rainbow with text that said “June is LGBTQIA+ pride month. So the folks who put their bigotry on display in the comment sections of my recent posts why don’t you hit that unfollow button right now.” She also commended her followers who helped push back against a follower who made biphobic statements. Paquin has long been active in fighting biphobia both in her own life and the public sphere and we’re so proud to see her standing up for herself, her bisexuality, and all bisexual people!
Flack, which Paquin stars in, returns for Season 2 on June 11 and can be streamed on Amazon Prime.
Welsh town elects first known nonbinary mayor in world
History was made in Wales last week. Owen J. Hurcum was elected mayor of Bangor City; Hurcum is believed to be the first known nonbinary mayor in the world. They shared the news on their Twitter, writing, “When I came out two years ago I was so worried I’d be ostracized by my community or worse. Today my community elected me Mayor of our great City. The youngest ever Mayor in Wales. The first ever openly Non-Binary Mayor of any city anywhere.” Hurcum was elected by council members on Bangor City Council after having withdrawn from the Plaid Cymru party due to transphobic issues. “And the council has been fantastic,” Hurcum tells BBC Radio Wales. “There was a trepidation because, obviously, local government has this unfair reputation of possibly being old and backwards, and I was worried that those views may come from fellow councillors.
“But I have had the exact opposite. Every single councillor has been extremely supportive, and the previous mayor has called me when he has seen that I have been getting hate online, and he has said he is there if I need him,” they said. “It has been really nice.”
Congratulations Mayor Hurcum!
Pride documentary series arrives at Hulu
FX has created a documentary series called Pride that follows LGBTQ trailblazers in the U.S. civil rights movement. The series starts in the 50s and continues up into the 2000s, both documenting the discrimination and harassment LGBTQ people have lived with and recognizing civil rights leaders including Audre Lorde, Senator Tammy Baldwin, Raquel Willis, Susan Styker, and many more. Episodes are directed by a variety of directors including Cheryl Dunye.
Pride is actively releasing episodes that can be streamed on Hulu.
Demi Lovato shares their nonbinary identity and new pronouns
Earlier this week, singer and Disney movie star Demi Lovato announced that they are nonbinary and changed their pronouns to they/them. On Twitter, Lovato shared a trailer for their new podcast and talked about their realization about their identity: “I’ve been doing some healing and self-reflective work and through this work I’ve had the revelation that I identify as nonbinary.” As they talked about their new pronouns they said: “This best represents the fluidity I feel in my gender expression and allows me to feel most authentic and true to the person I both know I am and still am discovering.”
Congratulations, Demi! We’re so happy for you!