This week read about Ariana DeBose winning a SAG award, Essence Magazine featuring a lesbian couple on the cover, and "Grey's Anatomy" introducing a non-binary character.
Ariana DeBose Wins SAG Award For ‘West Side Story’ Performance
Queer actress Ariana DeBose took home a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award for her performance in “West Side Story.” The 31-year-actress played Anita in Steven Spielberg’s remake of the classic story and won the trophy for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role.
"It’s taken a long time for me to feel comfortable calling myself an actor. My roots come from the dance world and the Broadway stage," she said in her acceptance speech. "The Anita that we see on the screen, took every bit of me, but she took 10 years to make and I’m extremely proud of her and of our film. And I really do believe that when you recognize one of us you recognize all of us in a way. I have watched so many of you for a very long time.”
"You inspire me and you continue to do so and I am just thrilled to be among you," she added.
DeBose also won a Golden Globe award for Best Supporting Actress and is hoping to continue to break norms through her acting.
Essence Magazine Features First Lesbian Couple on Cover
Niecy Nash and Jessica Betts on the cover of Essence. Credit: Essence Magazine.
Niecy Nash and Jessica Betts make history as they become the first same-sex couple to appear on the cover of Essence magazine for their Black Women in Hollywood issue.
“Thank you Essence for choosing the Betts as your FIRST same-sex couple to cover your magazine,” Nash wrote on Instagram.
The cover story delves into Nash’s coming-out experience and the couple’s social media experience as they regularly post PDA pictures.
“If there’s an agenda, it’s that we’re going to spread queer joy,” said Betts. “The world needs it. Real talk.”
Nash married Betts in August 2020 and under the hashtag #LivingourBettsLife has advocated for LGBT visibility amongst the minority community.
‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Introduces First Non-binary Character
E.R. Fightmaster. Photo via Twitter.
Non-binary actress E.R. Fightmaster plays the role of neuroscientist Kai Barley on “Grey’s Anatomy” and has taken on the responsibility of portraying ABC’s drama’s first non-binary character in 18 seasons.
Fightmaster auditioned for the show in Summer 2021 following the show’s public commitment to have more diversity in their show.
“I think it’s really important when you are an actor with an identity that gets discussed a lot, or rather is in discussion, to be firm in how much of your identity you bring to the show,” Fightmaster explained. “I have also learned a lot about what aspects of nonbinary are most confusing to people, and … things about the identity that needs to be handled well or need to be handled with grace, and how to talk with people who aren’t familiar with this identity in a gentle and educational way.”
Fightmaster’s character, Kai, was first introduced in Season 18 Episode 2 and has been inspiring for viewers.
“I think the writers have given Kai room to play and room to grow in that medical world, just like they have given Caterina’s character, Amelia, room to grow and explore in a relationship way, and so Kai is not going anywhere ... right now.”
Each week ‘Beyond the G’ looks at news featuring the many letters of our LGBTQIA+ spectrum.