Happy #NationalComingOutDay 🎉
BY NIC CROSARA, IMAGE BY NETFLIX
Happy National Coming Out Day DIVAs! Onscreen LGBTQIA representation is at an all-time high and there have been so many powerful coming out scenes represented in TV shows. To celebrate today, join me in looking back on some moving onscreen moments.
Fate: The Winx Saga
In September, the second season of everybody’s favourite fairy show hit Netflix. We got to see Terra (Eliot Salt) step into her power as she came out as gay. She does this first, by coming out to her cousin in a tearful scene, and then later again to her friendship circle in a very relatable way of making a disclaimer that “it’s not a big deal” (it is) and reassuring them that she doesn’t need a cake or anything.
Pssst … don’t miss today’s episode of podDIVA if you want to hear more from Eliot Salt.
For our September issue, I conducted a survey to find out DIVAs thoughts on onscreen bisexual representation. And the most voted for favourite bisexual coming out scene was the one and only Rosa Diaz from Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
And following closely behind was Heartstopper’s Nick Nelson. Watching Nick come to terms with his bisexuality before coming out to his mother in a moving scene really hit us in the feels. The scene in question inspired young LGBTQIA viewers to come out to their own parents.
Other than a brief moment in Sex Education, I’ve never seen an asexual character represented onscreen. So when this new superhero show gave us Abbi, a queer, asexual, South Asian lead, I was overjoyed. When her fellow “imperfect” comments that Abbi’s superpower (pheromones which make people infatuated with her to the point where they would do anything for her) doesn’t sound too bad in comparison to her own powers, Abbi explains that she’s ace and her friend simply responds: “Copy that”.
A League Of Their Own
The queer AF reboot, A League Of Their Own, served up so many highlights. While there wasn’t a coming out scene, per se, due to labels such as “lesbian” or “trans” being used during the 1940s, we do get a moving scene where Carson (Abbi Jacobson) tells Max (Chanté Adams) that she thinks she might love Greta.
And last, but certainly not least, we have to talk about Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Darryl Whitefeather’s iconic musical coming out moment, Getting Bi. To this day, I kick off every Bisexual Visibility Day by re-watching and singing along. It’s a mega source of bi joy for me.
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