Canvassing my queerness

Views from the Outside

She colored everything about that time of my life in golden hues of near unconditional affection. She gave me sunflowers and kissed my hands. We sang together, we harmonized. She felt right like few things ever had for me. She was a she, and that was hardly the scariest thing about her.
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‘PEN15’ envy

Views from the Outside

The way “PEN15” handles the mockery that Maya is subjected to is apt and painful, and watching it happen to a mixed-race Japanese girl made it hit close to home.
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Sex, drugs and addiction in media

Cutting Room Floor

And we as an audience, cheered Jim Morrison on. People came out to see this dramatic antihero swagger around the stage completely wasted, yelling at cops and starting fights. But did anyone never spare a thought as to what that performance might be reflecting about the man underneath?
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It’s only a matter of time

Cutting Room Floor

Bad timing was at the foundation of our breakup. But we made it a hell of a lot worse on ourselves by not swiping the scene when we should have — instead maintaining a tenuous friendship that slowly and painfully fizzled out as he moved on.
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The perfect band aid

Views from the Outside

I revisit my adolescent angst in the dramatic throes of Linkin Park’s “Numb,” and I cringe at my compulsory desire for heterosexuality when I hear the Jonas Brothers sing “When You Look Me in the Eyes.”
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The Acade(me) Awards

Views from the Outside

I wanted to be a whole slew of firsts, and initially, I found my dream to be a tribute to my tenacity. It was, for a time, what I wanted most out of a career in the industry. And then #OscarsSoWhite happened.
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Love, Simon, actually

I want greater representation for all of us. And for me, I would love to see a cheesy rom-com starring an all-womxn cast. It would be revolutionary and so important for the community.
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Haunted houses and boogeymen

Views from the Outside

As a Black person, I already spend enough of my time looking over my shoulder for very real threats to my safety. Now we have to add supernatural threats to the list? Come on, guys. Give it a rest.
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‘Stranger Things’ have happened

Views from the Outside

I want a film or TV show rich in characters that look like me, that look like Data and Lucas, so that I’ll have no choice but to understand that people like me deserve the chance to experience the incredible.
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