Good and Gay: queer and nonbinary news from Sha’Carri Richardson to Nintendo

Queer and nonbinary news abound in this week’s Good and Gay. From queer sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson blazing a glorious trail to My First Summer and Fanny: The Right to Rock screening at the first Pride Pics, we’ve gathered the very best and queerest news from the internet in one place just for you! Tuck in for your weekly dose of queer excellence and joy!

Queer runner Sha’Carri Richardson stuns in U.S. Olympic Trials

Over the weekend, queer sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson won the women’s 100-meter race at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon. She completed the race in 10.86 seconds and is headed to Japan to compete for a spot on the U.S. women’s team for the Tokyo Olympics. Richardson, known for changing her hair color to fit her mood and goals, credited her girlfriend with selecting her bright orange hair color for the race. “She said it spoke to her, the fact that it was just so loud and vibrant, and that’s who I am,” Richardson told USA Today.

Check out Richardson’s amazing sprint in the video above.

Cruel Summer draws Freeform’s biggest audience ever

Freeform’s Cruel Summer is a hit—drawing Freeform’s biggest audience ever. The series about trauma, mystery, and 90s fashion features several central queer characters, including Kate and Mallory. Mallory, played by bisexual actor Harley Quinn Smith, tells GLAAD of the series: “It makes me so happy that the LGBTQ community is so represented in our show. Not just by one character but by multiple characters, which I feel like shows or films are sometimes like, ‘Oh, OK, there’s one queer person. That counts. Check.’ But with this, it’s a more realistic look into what a teenage life would be. No, there’s not just one queer person; there are many queer people. And maybe not all of those people are out, and the hope is everybody would feel comfortable to come out and feel safe. Obviously, that’s the most idealistic scenario, but that’s not the case all the time.”

Cruel Summer can be streamed on Hulu.

Nintendo expresses intention to add nonbinary Pokémon in response to fan

With the help of a parent, a young nonbinary kid wrote a handwritten letter to Nintendo to ask about nonbinary Pokémon. When the parent shared the letter and the response from Nintendo on Twitter, it received a predominantly warm response. The letter read: “Dear Nintendo, could please make nonbinary? Also I want that because I think it would be cool and so nonbinary people would feel more comfortable about it.” In response, a customer service representative from Nintendo said she would share the child’s feedback with the appropriate departments, writing “I think that is an awesome idea. There are so many varieties of Pokémon, so it would make sense to have a variety of genders as well! We want to make sure people of all kinds feel welcomed and comfortable while playing our software.”

We look forward to seeing the results of this heartwarming exchange.

My First Summer and Fanny: The Right to Rock screen at first-ever Pride Pics

After having to cancel their annual queer documentary film fest, the directors of QDoc have teamed up with Pride Northwest to create their Portland-based, two-day showing of queer shorts and features: Pride Pics. Twelve films, six features and six short films that are both a mix of narrative and documentary, made their Oregon debut. Notably, My First Summer and Fanny: The Right to Rock both premiered. An Australian romantic teen film, My First Summer follows two girls dealing with grief and trauma as they fall in love. Fanny: The Right to Rock follows how a queer Filipina-American garage band evolved into rock group Fanny, the first all-woman band to release an LP from a major label.

Recent study reveals over 1 million nonbinary people live in U.S.

A new study from the Williams Institute has found that over one million nonbinary adults live in the U.S. The research combines findings from two existing surveys that collect data from 2016 to 2018. “That number says, ‘This is part of who you’re talking about when executive orders are signed to protect people against discrimination…Research has shown that the stress from being a minority — stress from being a sexual and gender minority in particular — is related to psychological distress,” Bianca Wilson, one of the study’s authors, says. Hopefully, this estimate can help demonstrate that nonbinary people are a significant group that deserves protections.

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