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Our fandom-obsessed staff shares all the sci-fi shows we can’t stop watching.
Here at the FAN EXPO HQ, our team is always nerding out over the world of fandom. On Team Picks, we share some of our favorite things we’ve been watching, reading and playing.
To celebrate of Pride Month, we’re highlighting some of our favourite LGBTQ+ characters and what they mean to us.
Enjoy and happy Pride!
Name: Marcus Munoz
Role: Social Media Coordinator
Pick: Poison Ivy, above anyone else, would have to be my choice. Since I was young, I looked to her for inspiration, and she truly was the first form of visibility I had for mainstream LGBTQ+ representation. Though her character has definitely evolved over the years (for the better in my opinion), her writers continue to build upon her story of being a strong woman that embraces and understands her sexuality rather than her sexuality being her only defining feature. Her fluidity in the comics and overall confidence in who she is as a complex character in the DC universe makes her out to be one of the best up-and-coming symbols of PRIDE.
Name: Alan Abuchaibe
Role: Project Manager
Pick: Miss Piggy from The Muppets. Growing up “different” from heterosexual norms can affect your self-esteem. It makes it difficult to find a role model – hero or villain – that inspires you. But when you find him/her/they, it’s a joy. In my case, that hero (or is she a villain?) was and still is Miss Piggy.
She’s never been apologetic for being (A) a female, (B) having curves, or (C) being a pig. She just is. That confidence comes through in her always-spot-on sense of fashion that’s elevated with her class and goofiness. The days that I wake up feeling “less” I stare at my stuffed Miss Piggy puppet, I remember how she karates her way through life while maintaining a perfect hairdo, and I know I’ll be ok.
Name: Quinn King
Role: Social Media Coordinator
Pick: Garnet is just one of several queer characters in Steven Universe, but she holds a special place in my heart. She’s a fusion (essentially, two people’s combined characteristics in one body) and the literal embodiment of two lesbians (Ruby and Sapphire) and their relationship together.
Even after spending thousands of years together in a shared body, Ruby and Sapphire still never take each other for granted. They still check in with each other, navigate their collective values, and recommit to loving each other better. All of that work is what goes into making Garnet so confident, caring, and powerful.
Their wedding scene later in the series, with the usually butch Ruby in a dress and the usually femme Sapphire in a suit fusing into Garnet at the end of the ceremony, was ground-breaking for an animated TV series. It was also a perfect reminder that love never stops growing and changing, as long as you let it.