Queer love, great nonbinary representation, and big laughs fill this week’s Good and Gay. From a time-traveling superhero falling in love with a woman for the first time to a nonbinary poet coming out to a new stand-up comedy special that will make you crack up about queer relationships, we’ve gathered the good and gay news that will make you smile.
The Umbrella Academy Season 2 explores queer love in the 60s
The Umbrella Academy returned with Season 2 last weekend and the new season shows time-traveling superhero Vanya, played by Ellen Page, falling in love with a woman for the first time. After a rocky Season 1 for Vanya, Season 2 explores the power of queer love against the backdrop of 1963 Dallas. “What Vanya and Sissy go through is still very relevant,” Ellen Page told E Online. “It’s really meaningful for that type of representation to go out into the world.”
The Umbrella Academy Season 2 can be streamed on Netflix.
Poet Kae Tempest comes out as nonbinary
Poet, spoken word performer, novelist, and playwright Kae Tempest has shared their new name and pronouns with followers via Twitter. They write, “I’ve been struggling to accept myself as I am for a long time. I have tried to be what I thought others wanted from me to be so as not to risk rejection.” They continue, “I am beginning a process and I hope you’ll come with me.”
Nigerian’s lesbian love story Ìfé moves online to avoid censors
Nigeria’s first lesbian movie Ìfé has moved to an online release to avoid censorship by the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) which earlier refused to approve the film for distribution. Producer Pamela Adie made the announcement via an interview with Reuters: “In Nigeria, there has never been a film like Ìfé.” She continued, “No film has had the impact it will have, or already has in Nigeria … The reception to the poster and the trailer has been mad. We expect that it will be madder when the full film is released.” The film is about queer love and follows Ìfé and Adaora as they fall in love in Nigeria, where it is still illegal to be in a queer relationship.
Ìfé will be available to stream sometime later this year on a currently unannounced platform.
Maxxx features positive nonbinary representation
British comedy Maxxx is now available to stream in the U.S. and its positive nonbinary representation is pleasing viewers. Though the series is primarily about the titular Maxxx, a former member of a boy band desperate to regain fame, Maxxx’s son Amit and his nonbinary love interest Roxx are the real heart of the series. Not only are these two cuties allowed to explore their attraction to one another, but Roxx is never misgendered or made the butt of cruel humor because of their gender identity.
Maxxx can be streamed on Hulu.
Sam Jay’s new comedy special 3 in the Morning brings big laughs
SNL writer and stand-up comic Sam Jay’s new Netflix special 3 in the Morning explores being a Black lesbian, queer love and relationship dynamics, and so much more from her distinct and hilarious perspective. “At the end of the day, we’re all just up there searching for our voice and trying to tell our story, and I have one story of a Black lesbian woman,” Jay tells Fast Company. “But it’s just one. There’s so many out there. And so my story may not be everybody’s experience. I just hope that it reaches the people who can be moved by it [and that they] are moved by it, the people that can be helped are helped, and the people that can be changed are changed.”
3 in the Morning can be streamed on Netflix.