Autism on screen: where Sia went wrong

Image Description: Maddie Ziegler wearing headphones while playing the autistic character ‘Music’ in Sia’s new film. Autistic people are not well served when it comes to seeing ourselves reflected in the media. According to Hollywood, we are either socially unaware geniuses or child-like Rain Men with special abilities from whom the neurotypical (non-autistic) protagonist learns […]

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Barbie Doll’d Up!

The drag queen Trixie Mattel, otherwise known as Brian Firkus, is the winner of Drag Race All Stars Season 3, but also a confessed, obsessive Barbie doll collector. Firkus’s love for Barbie started when he was young. As a gay boy from Milwaulkee, he wasn’t allowed “girl toys,” but was fascinated by the tanned, blonde, […]

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‘Be Gay, Do Crime’ – Appreciating LGBTQ+ representation in fiction podcasts

Image description: Player characters from The Adventure Zone: Balance. Image credit: “The Adventure Zone” by Nicholas Kole is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0  Like many of my peers, I’m hungry for queer stories that aren’t exclusively about being queer. Coming-of-age and romance stories, while great on their own terms, are not my favourite genres, and I have little hope […]

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Queer Kids’ Media: Legend of Korra

Every other week this term I’ll be discussing LGBT+ characters in children’s TV and film.  This vacation I finally finished Nickelodeon’s The Legend of Korra (2012-2014), sequel series to the anime-inspired Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005-2008). Both shows had wide appeal for their combination of emotionally-mature storylines with wonderfully childlike humour and fantasy. What caught […]

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