This week read about Willow Pill coming out as trans, Catwoman being portrayed as bisexual in "The Batman," and "Bel-Air" introducing a queer character.

Willow Pill Comes Out as Trans

Willow Pill, Series 14 contestant of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” has come out as transgender. In an emotional Twitter post, Pill said it has taken them a “long time” to come to terms with their gender identity due to their chronic illness and uneasiness about where they fit on the gender spectrum.

“My condition has caused me so much physical and emotional pain that my body became something I always wanted out of. Eventually, hating my body for failing me and hating myself for not being a girl was so constant and intertwined that it felt totally normal. I know it’s not my fault, just the way I’ve learned to survive,” Pill said.

Going by pronouns she/they, Pill underwent surgery in November 2021 to make their face more feminine and identifies as trans femme.

“I want to share this because I have felt so lonely keeping this to myself. I’ve rarely been able to talk to other people with similar stories, though I know there are many out there. I’m so tired of holding my pain in … I’m starting to finally feel bits of happiness with my face and body, and that’s a start. I love y'all so much!”

Pill marks the fifth series 14 contestants to come out as transgender.

Zoë Kravitz Portrays Catwoman as Bisexual in ‘The Batman’

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 Zoë Kravitz. Photo via Facebook.

Zoë Kravitz is the latest actress to take on the role of Catwoman and this time she is portrayed as bisexual. While the character is often depicted as bisexual in the comics, this is the first time the portrayal has reached the screen.

The scene that raised eyebrows on her sexuality was when Selina Kyle searches for her friend Anika and calls her “baby.” The Australia Pedestrian asked Kravitz if that scene was meant to spotlight Selina’s bisexuality to which Kravitz replied, “That’s definitely the way I interpreted that, that they had some kind of romantic relationship.” She then said “I agree” after the reporter expressed happiness over a film finally portraying Catwoman as bisexual.

The film’s director, Matt Reeves told Pedestrian the film is "very true to the character of Selina Kyle." He continued, “I don’t think we meant to go directly in that way, but you can interpret it that way for sure. She has an intimacy with that character and it’s a tremendous and deep caring for that character, more so than a sexual thing, but there was meant to be quite an intimate relationship between them.”

“The Batman” opened in theaters nationwide March 4.

‘Bel-Air’ Introduces Queer Character

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 "Bel-Air." Credit: Paramount.

“The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” reboot “Bel-Air” has reimagined the iconic characters giving them a 21st-century makeover. Most of the characters have been given a modern twist with one being an Instagram influencer and another questioning her role in society as a female.

The new Ashley Banks, the youngest member of the family, questions her sexuality in the reboot. She confides in her older sister while asking her for relationship advice about one of her friends she meant online. She later asks another character if she thinks sexuality will be more fluid and if younger generations should embrace labeling.

Social media was outraged at this character update and was not happy that the show “sexualized” a 12-year-old. One viewer said, “They really got a 12-year-old girl on TV talking about how she's physically attracted to women, society really needs to stop sexualizing children.”

However, supporters of the queer character said that the storyline is realistic considering how many people find themselves questioning their sexuality at a young age making “Bel-Air” culturally relevant.


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