I’m going to keep this short, but please watch this show. This show is so important, especially now. It centers around an Ivy League university in the States and focuses on the racial issues young black people face and what they want to do about it. It is funny, entertaining and too real. I just got to the halfway mark of the first season and it has some extremely powerful moments in it. The way the story is told is showing each character in their small community on campus and how they are interwoven and what their individual perspectives are. The way they tell the story helps to be inclusive and show that there is diversity even within communities.
You may have clicked on or followed this blog for one reason. But remember all people who are marginalized and have had histories of oppression feel a similar pain. Not the same, but similar. This common thread should allow us to not only empathize but be willing to stand up for all injustices. Watch. Stay woke.
So another one to watch guys. BBC Three just started a series called “Queer Britain” where they tackle different topics based on the LGBTQ perspective. I just got watching the first one and it’s always been a very enticing subject for me: Being Gay and Religious. Check out the first of the series below:
(Also how adorable is the host?)
Watching anything amazing? Sound off in the comments!
Before you go in on me about the “cartoons are for kids” notion, please pay attention. I first learned about Steven Universe about a year ago now. I heard about it through Tumblr (okay I know I’m not helping my case) and the post that was attached to it was truly heartwarming so I started to watch it. Now, on any given evening, you’ll find me curled in bed watching a re-run.
It’s a show that’s on the Cartoon Network about a young boy who is being raised by aliens with the mission to help protect the Earth. Besides the ease of watch (every episode is a bearable 10 minutes) and its humor, it is a story with heart.
Now you may be wondering, “why are you posting this show on the Sassy Gay?” It is because the main characters of this show go through the struggles of being the underdog and find ways to still love, learn, grow and accept. Sound familiar? This most recent episode touched me very much – teaching someone to see the other side. It also spoke to a situation that a lot of people seem to need to see I wish Trump would see this scene.You should check it out (@7:38-):
Please watch this show. For inspiration. For happiness.
All these words are familiar to gospel singer and Kim Burrell who is now being branded a notorious “homophobe”. This all stems from what she said in a sermon where she basically tells all homosexuals to “beg god to free you”. [Girl, if it were that easy you and I both would be doing better things with our time] She unfortunately comes from a place and time where people still believe that this is a thing. It’s sad and its regressive and unfortunate she had an audience to preach to. But she isn’t the only one. She is certainly not the last.
I think she is misguided.
She lent her voice to a song with Pharrell and was invited to perform on Ellen. In light of this situation, however, Ellen decided to publicly inform the world that she was “uninvited” and went on to ask Pharrell about it. Thank goodness for that guy. While he had to nod and explain her away, he said something great:
“Whenever you hear some sort of hate speech, and you feel like it doesn’t necessarily pertain to you, because you may not have anything to do with that, all you got to do is put the word ‘black’ in that sentence, or put ‘gay’ in that sentence, or put ‘transgender’ in that sentence, or put ‘white’ in that sentence, and all of a sudden it starts to make sense to you”
Can anyone explain to me why this exact notion of shaming someone for being intolerable is so terribly ironic?
I thought we learned our lesson.
Donald Trump is sitting in one of the highest offices in the United States because “the right side” and the “wrong side” didn’t talk to one another. They screamed about it from afar. They didn’t reason which each other – they just judged and brought more like minded people to their side. Unfortunately when you divide a country and majority rules it only shows the harsh reality of that world. But what did that solve?
It seems we have come to a world where EVERYTHING is grounds for offense. Being free to speak your mind is met with a camera in the face and a world wide public shaming. We fight for our own communities when we talk about bullying and violence and yet no one seems to think much about it when they deem it “inappropriate”. How have we not realized that we are stronger as a collective?
Understanding. Conversation. Education. Growth.
Easier said than done I guess. How do you teach past ignorance? I’m not sure. But stop posting videos and judging from afar. Perhaps Ellen’s show wasn’t the right venue for this conversation. But someone should talk to Kim and try to teach her to see the world in a different way. Stop cutting the other side out. We need to actually be more inclusive instead of just saying we are. Let’s talk about it.
Gaycation(VICE)is a documentary series that is hosted and created by actor Ellen Page and her friend Ian Daniel. It follows the two of them as they explore the world and uncover what the LGBT communities are like in different countries. Now in its second season, Gaycation really does give you a lens of the struggles of the communities on a global level and really helps you put life into perspective.
I know that as a gay man living in a metropolitan city in North America, I have it so good. Better yet, I am living in Canada which is a country that has publicly celebrated LGBT rights since the mid 90s and continues to present the same attitude for the rest of the community (including Transgender rights into the Human Rights code just this year).
Gaycation however has completely opened up my mind to the notion that we should not live as a community on just a local level. We need to see what the rest of the world struggles with and how we need to help change it. This season touched me many times – from watching the special on Orlando where they recorded the aftermath of the tragic shooting this past summer. Even seeing the episode on India exposed me to a South Asian community that is largely underexposed even here in Canada (In fact it got me thinking about a new hosting dynamic *wink wink*). It made me feel as though my journey in my own local community needs to focus on that. For anyone who is a part of the LGBT community or is interested in being educated on it, this series is a must watch.
I know I’m uber late to the game but I’ve just gotten a chance to watch Amazon’s original show, ‘Transparent‘ which follows a transgender man (MTF) coming out to his family (three children and ex wife). The story starts just as she comes to terms with herself and the fact that coming out to her kids is not going to be as easy as she might have thought.
That moment brought me right back to when I came out to my own sister and best friend at the time – the first two people in my life who I had ever told. It was the same set up: An impromptu dinner which was met by confusion and on my part apprehension.
I’ve only gotten through two thirds of the first season. But riding off the accolades at this (and last years) Emmy’s I knew I had to get it on my watch roster.
It is coming at a great time for the transgender community with a lot of focus on the psychological impact and potential backlash one can face from coming out. It makes me happy to know that Hollywood has recognized the desire for this on the screen. I smile to think that generations after me will have this as a part of their media library to help educate themselves on the T of the LGBT community.
I’ve blogged in the past about queer television to watch but I’ve been watching this season of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, Season 2 and I’m not joking it’s so good it needs it’s own post.
The queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars Season 2 Photo cred: Logo TV
This show single-handedly puts the world of drag into the spotlight a community popularized in the 1980’s as an underground culture (cc: Paris Is Burning, go watch it now!). Now with RuPaul’s Drag Race in its second all star season (with Drag Race just coming off of its very first Emmy win! Woot) I’m constantly excited to see how much farther they can go and boy did they deliver. In celebration for the season finale tonight, I wanted to put together my Top 5 moments of this epically sickeninggggg season.
5. The Twist
As soon as the season begins, RuPaul tells the girls (All Stars and fan faves from past seasons including: Alaska/Detox/Katya/Adore/Roxxy/Alyssa/Tatianna/Phi Phi/Ginger/Coco) that unlike in past seasons, she“…will not be eliminating anyone this season”. Twist: Instead the top two queens of the week will be lipsyncing for a chance to win $10,000 and given the ultimate responsibility of eliminating one of the bottom two queens. This twist has proven to be a double edged sword, forcing many of the queens (who are good friends with one another outside of the show) the tear-filled job of saying “byeee”. Alliances were made, promises were broken. The drama was giving me life.
4. Lil’ Poundcake
Alaska as Lil Pound Cake Photo cred: Logo TV
Any fan of Season 5 will tell you that Alaska Thunderfuck 5000 became an instant favorite with her sharp wit, polished drag and winning personality. Alaska blessed us with an amazing shout out to her season by dressing up on the runway as the same doll she created along with her partner Lineysha Sparx back in her season. Alaska has also become a marketing genius with her tribute as I later realized she dropped a new song and video that also stars Lil’ Poundcake running amok. Regardless I was living for it.
3. Au Revoir Adore
Adore bows out of the All Star Season 2 Drag Race Photo Cred: Logo TV
Runner up for her season of Drag Race (and one of my personal faves), Adore Delano returned to this season of All Stars. The self-proclaimed alternative grunge “hog-bodied” queen came in with a great attitude, invigorated by her huge successes outside of the show. To our dismay, after a really harsh read from the judges in the first episode (thanks a lot Michelle Visage and Raven Symone), Adore decided to bow out of the competition concluding her head and heart weren’t in it. 💔
2. Roxxie Gets Saved. Twice.
Sashay away Photo cred: Logo TV
All T, no shade: Roxxie Andrews didn’t blow me away in her season and still didn’t impress me this time around. Don’t get me wrong, great queen but she easily gets lost in the crowd of talented all stars. However, being a part of the legendary Rolaskatox Triad (formed in her season), she found herself saved from elimination even though she landed herself in the bottom 5 times. Rolaskatox allies Alaska and Detox instead sent Tatianna and Alyssa Edwards home in two major shockers, both amazing queens cut before their time. As this is a competition my only hope is the queens kept her around so the obvious choice for the winner would be that much more apparent at the end. ☕
1. The Revenge of the Eliminated Queens
The eliminated queens return for a second chance at the top spot. Photo cred: Logo TV
This by far was the biggest weave snatching moment. After the first elimination, we find there was an extra twist, revealing that the freshly eliminated queen will have an opportunity later on to snatch back her spot in the competition. It all came to a head when Alyssa Edwards was eliminated by frenemy Phi Phi O’Hara only for Phi Phi to return to the workroom with the remaining queens and be surprised to see the eliminated queens *BOOM* “Ruvealed” through the two sided mirrors. (Jaw literally dropped. Weave permanently snatched.) The ultimate revenge was in the next episode when Alyssa slayed and came out on top and sent Phi Phi packing for good! Revenge is so so sweet.
Can’t wait to see who will land their spot in the All Star hall of fame! Check out RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, Season 2 Finale tonight on Logo!