Examining Hollywood’s Queer history, America’s Queer oppression, media’s influence, and Hollywood’s problematic perspectives to answer this controversial question

Love, Victor

North America releases more than 700 films a year, which yields a lot of competition for awards. History has proven Queer stories offer ripe material for distinction. The first film to win the Academy Award for best picture was a subverted Queer story featuring the first gay kiss in cinema. Since 2000, 40 actors have been Oscar-nominated for their portrayal of Queer roles; at least 10 of those actors won, and yet none were openly Queer.

In 2017’s Love, Simon, and subsequently in 2020’s Love, Victor, cishet (cisgender heterosexual) actors portrayed the leading Queer roles in [allegedly] groundbreaking film and…


What happens when the name you were given becomes a tool to suppress who you truly are?

Photo showing a collection of balloons with a sky background. Half of the balloons are yellow with a happy smilie face, the other half are pink with a sad smilie face.
Photo showing a collection of balloons with a sky background. Half of the balloons are yellow with a happy smilie face, the other half are pink with a sad smilie face.
Photo by Hybrid on Unsplash

In our minds, and in the minds of others, our names form and shape ideas of who we are. What happens when the name you are given becomes a tool to suppress who you truly are?

My birthdays have usually brought an onslaught of trauma with people using my former name, Alex, to wish me happiness. It’s a perplexing feeling to suspend joy and despair in a single sentiment. I turned 32 today, and for the first time in my life, I am happy it’s my birthday. …


And why it is time to rethink how you discuss, describe, and document your own identity.

Graphic: “Trans Women Are Women. Trans Men Are Men.”
Graphic: “Trans Women Are Women. Trans Men Are Men.”
Image: Lex Evan

Everyone has a right to voice their opinions, but we must challenge those who refuse to accept the lived realities of other people and those who falsely voice their opinions as fact. J.K. Rowling has long held and voiced opinions that are harmful to trans identities. In a recent tweet, she expressed her belief that the trans-inclusive phrase “people who menstruate” is laughable. In subsequent tweets, she claims that in accepting trans identities, the differences in her own lived reality as a cisgender woman will be erased.

Refusing to rewrite the ways in which we describe and discuss our own…

Lex Evan

CEO & Founder, @altpronouns. Queer. he/they. ✌️

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