Friends is more than just a goofy series of contrivances based on hyperbolically strict standards of heteronormativity; it’s a show about being regularly harassed and humiliated for performing a queer sexual or gender identity, mainly by one’s closest confidants. And it poisoned the next decade of pop culture.
Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher spoke to me about their tumultuous year, and what it's been like finding a new home for their acclaimed queer sitcom Take My Wife.
I interview Nina Fiore, the coproducer and former executive story editor for The Handmaid’s Tale, about adapting Margaret Atwood’s vision and writing a show about sexual violence in the #MeToo era.
After RuPaul's latest dustup with the trans community, it's time to consider how mainstream drag culture turned against trans people, and what can be done to heal the divide.
For two full days, Microsoft hosted a group that brought its own rainbow costumes, erotic furry card games, and, above all, a zeal to dig into some of modern culture's most pressing concerns. It was time for GaymerX East.
ABC announced late last month that the network’s Roseanne revival (which repositioned the iconic sitcom family on two sides of the liberal-conservative divide) would be renewed for an eleventh season, after a ratings record-breaking premiere. Conservatives were thrilled by both announcements — but many moderate liberals also praised the show in reviews, social media posts, and comments sections. “Few half-hour sitcoms in recent memory have packed in as much topical humor, empathy, and heart a...
For the trans community, recent reminders that we must hold our history close—lest it be twisted in the mouths of others—makes the first authorized release of Jackie Shane's work that much more meaningful.
Her Universe Founder Ashley Eckstein Talks Body Diversity, Partnering with Disney, and How Ravioli Helped Her Write a Book
I talked with voice actor and entrepreneur Ashley Eckstein at New York Comic-Con about her forthcoming memoir and what’s next for her geeky clothing line, Her Universe.
Last month, Congress passed SESTA/FOSTA, a two-for-one bill that gutted online freedom of expression in the name of cracking down on human trafficking. By placing legal responsibility for vaguely-defined “prostitution” and “sex trafficking” content in the hands of website operators, the bills have effectively forced a bevy of sites and hosts to delete places where people once gathered to discuss and meet for sex, and where sex workers could screen clients and facilitate their work. The bill’s...
After earning accolades for writing cult hit sci-fi comics such as Quantum Teens Are Go and the Eisner Award-nominated Kim & Kim, Magdalene Visaggio is going places.
The creative duo behind the hit podcast's forthcoming graphic novel adaptation sat down with me to discuss their influences, how The Adventure Zone differs from their past work, and Clint’s hidden talent for sound effects.
Riley Silverman has spent the past fifteen years carving out a place in LA's comedy scene—and she did it while transitioning, to boot.