Aired May 14, 2020
LGBTQ+ Representation in Fantasy and Sci-Fi
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Source: SyFy Wire
Author: S.E. Fleenor
Questions for Discussion:
- How many of the LGBTQ+ fantasy series on this list have you seen (and more importantly – which is your favorite)? Are there other queer sci fi or fantasy series that you would recommend to friends and family?
- The author notes that “Sure, technically, Xena and Gabrielle are never a confirmed couple on the series, meaning they never say “WE’RE HERE, WE’RE QUEER,” but I mean, they kinda do?” which brings up the issue of queer-coding in TV and film. Can you share what the phrase queer-coding means to you and/or other queer-coded characters that have had an impact on you?
- As a self-identified nerd/geek, how does this list make you feel? What would you say to LGBTQ+ youth that self-ID as nerds/geeks or are characterized in that way by their peers?