This week read about the star of "Star Trek: Discovery" coming out as queer, a lesbian teen identifying her mother for partaking in the Capitol raid, and how working remotely helps trans people come out easier.
'Star Trek' Actress Comes Out as Queer
The current star of “Star Trek: Discovery” Mary Wiseman has come out as queer in a series of interviews.
Wiseman has been in a heterosexual relationship with her co-star, Noah Averbach-Katz for years and the two wed in 2019. She feared that coming out while being in a straight relationship would make her subject to criticism.
However, the actress decided that she did not want to hide her sexuality. “I dated and loved people of all genders,” Wiseman said. “I’m queer and proud!”
Her fans have been nothing but supportive and proud of Wiseman’s announcement — her husband included.
Lesbian Teen Outs Mother For Partaking in Insurrection in DC
Helena Duke. Photo via GoFundMe.
After being ridiculed and bullied for taking part in a Black Lives Matter protest, lesbian teen Helena Duke pulled the ultimate power move — identifying her mother, uncle, and aunt on Twitter after the Capitol raid on Jan. 6.
The three Trump-supporters were seen partaking in a fight with a Black woman the day before the raid on Capitol Hill. Duke tweeted their names alongside their photos, along with proof that they were her family.
When Duke’s mother arrived home, she “begged Helena to remove her tweets; Helena refused,” according to the Advocate.
She is now financially cut off from her family, but does not regret exposing her mother, uncle, and aunt. The tweet has since gone viral, attracting lots of people that related to Duke.
Working Remotely Helps Trans People Come Out
River Bailey, a software developer, spoke about the safety of coming out at home. Photo credit: River Bailey, Twitter.
COIVD-19 has brought a blessing in disguise for transgender workers — a lack of judgment in the workplace once out.
Before the virus, workers who recently came out had to face judgment from their co-workers about a multitude of things such as which bathroom they could use or their physical appearance.
Now, trans people can come out to their co-workers and “let their work — not their gender identity — speak for them,” the Wall Street Journal writer Francesca Fontana said.
Coming out is a daunting task, but doing it virtually can ease some anxiety for trans people. River Bailey, a software developer said, “I could make a statement that was vulnerable and uncomfortable in the safety of my office here at home, and then I could step away from the computer for a little bit and calm down.”
Each week ‘Beyond the G’ looks at news featuring the many letters of our LGBTQIA+ spectrum.