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Studio Responsibility Index: End of Summer Update: LGBTQ people are practically invisible at the box office

Studio Responsibility Index: End of Summer Update: LGBTQ people are practically invisible at the box office

Courtesy of Lionsgate

LGBTQ people are still nearly invisible in the films released by the seven major studios over this summer. Of the 25 major studio films released between June 1 and September 1, only two films (Sony’s Rough Night and Lionsgate’s Hazlo Como Hombre) actually included queer characters. A handful of other films came close to including a character or set up the opening for an out character to be featured in future installments, but overall, the picture looks grim. The LA Times reports this summer to be the worst attended summer movie season in 25 years. Studios who are hoping to get audiences in to the theater should take a lesson from their competitors on the TV side – viewers are flocking to series which are inclusive of the diverse world we live in.

In May, GLAAD released its fifth annual Studio Responsibility Index that looked back at the 125 films released by the seven major studios in the U.S. during the 2016 calendar year. The findings were disappointing: only 23 of those 125 (18.4%) films included characters who were identifiably LGBTQ and nearly half of those (10 or 43%) included less than one minute of screen time for those characters. Additionally, only nine of the 23 (39%) passed the “Vito Russo Test”, a set of GLAAD-created criteria analyzing how LGBTQ characters are situated in a film.

Shortly after, we released our first box office snapshot examining the eight films released by major studios in May, the kick off to the summer box office season. That report found that LGBTQ people remain nearly invisible or outdated punchlines. Sadly, things do not look much better for LGBTQ characters in the 25 films released by the seven major studios from June 1 – September 1 with only two films including LGBTQ characters.

This summer’s lackluster box office – Variety reported at the beginning of August an 11% drop from 2016, and the August 25th weekend was the lowest box office take in three years – should send a message to studios. Audiences have become bored with the formulaic stories hitting the big screen, and they are increasingly turning to where they can see themselves represented – on television and streaming services. If Hollywood wants to remain relevant and win those viewers back to the box office, they need to begin producing new stories, with diverse and complex characters that audiences can identify with. The critical and financial success of films like the Oscar-winning Moonlight, Get Out, The Handmaiden, Hidden Figures, and The Imitation Game (which was the highest grossing indie film of the year it was released) should prove that outdated formulas and assumptions about what type of characters an audience will welcome are worth breaking.

While there may be a sense of film fatigue right now, major releases do still matter. Film was one of the first mass cultural experiences Americans had, and it remains one of our largest cultural exports as these films express our values to a global audience. However, the picture largely remains incomplete when Hollywood doesn’t reflect the full diversity of our nation – which includes women, LGBTQ people, people of color, people with disabilities, of different ages, religions, economic backgrounds, and people who live at the intersection of several of those identities.

WARNING: This post contains spoilers.

Rough Night

LGBTQ characters: 4Vito Russo Test: PASS

Sony’s comedy Rough Night was one of the two summer releases to actually include LGBTQ characters, and the only to actually do so in a positive way. The film follows a group of five friends who reunite for a bachelorette party and accidentally kill a man, and the drama and comedy that ensues. The film’s core cast featured former college girlfriends Frankie (Ilana Glazer) and Blair (Zoë Kravitz) who, over the course of the movie, realize they are still in love. They get back together in the film’s climax, saying “I love you” and holding hands after being threatened at gun point. It is notable that their romance was given just as much screen time as their straight counterparts, and they got a happy ending and an onscreen kiss – something LGBTQ couples are often denied in film. It is also worth mentioning that the film avoided other problematic tropes we still see too often with queer women’s stories. Their relationship is never played for the male gaze; they actually explicitly tell a man off for objectifying their relationship in an early scene.

Despite some small missteps with transactional hookups, the film was a pleasant surprise for the raunchy comedy genre. The inclusion of LGBTQ main characters – especially women of color – is almost unseen in mainstream film today. While our report found comedies are the most likely film to include LGBTQ characters, they are often treated as a reductive punchline. Rough Night demonstrated that humor and inclusion can co-exist without playing into the outdated and harmful stereotypes that so many comedy films continue to rely on.

Hazlo Como Hombre (Do It Like an Hombre)

LGBTQ characters: 4Vito Russo Test: Pass

The Spanish-language film Hazlo Como Hombre or Do It Like an Hombre from Lionsgate/Pantelion feels like a film decades out of date. The entire plot centers on the gay panic of lead character Raúl after his best friend, Santiago, comes out as gay and breaks off his engagement to Raúl’s sister. Raúl then spends nearly the entire film disgusted by his friend’s orientation, obsessing over anal sex and the idea that his friend might be attracted to him (including several painfully drawn out “jokes” about rape and dropping the soap in the shower ), and researching harmful so-called conversion therapy programs. By  film’s end, Raúl finally “accepts” Santiago for who he is, but continues to use anti-gay slurs throughout.

The filmmakers likely had good intentions and hoped to make a point about bigotry existing everywhere, but acknowledging prejudice in a “humorous” way is not the same as actually challenging the idea or subverting an expectation in order to further progress. The film’s script does nothing to make Raúl a complex character, and the audience is left to suffer through over an hour of homophobic diatribes. Overall, this movie contained so much anti-gay language and sentiment played for laughs, that Raúl coming around is barely consequential.

While this film did pass the Vito Russo Test by including an LGBTQ character who was significant to the plot and had the same sort of unique personality traits as non-LGBTQ characters, it does not stop the film from being incredibly offensive.

Hazlo Como Hombre flopped at the box office in its opening weekend, making only $1.4 million over four days as part of one of the worst Labor Day weekend box office takes in many years.  Reams have been written about the money Latinx consumers (especially young consumers) spend on entertainment, and Latinx filmgoers continually “oversample in tickets sold relative to their shares of the population.” If studios want to reap those rewards, they should keep a close eye on the message they are sending to young Latinx viewers about how “hilarious” it is to be homophobic.

Spider-Man: Homecoming

LGBTQ characters: 0Vito Russo Test: Fail

The newest super hero film, Spider-Man: Homecoming (Sony, co-produced by Marvel), shows a different side to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) as the film focuses on Peter Parker as a teenager and how he balances being an undercover superhero with school, friends, and his crush.  The film has received praise for making a world more reflective of reality by introducing central characters of color in Peter’s friend group at his Queens, New York high school. Sarah Finn, the MCU’s casting director, said, “There’s a lot more work to do. We still need to see Latino leads, Asian leads, women, women over a certain age, people with disabilities.… It does matter, and I hope this is just the beginning.”

Finn is entirely correct that Hollywood desperately needs to include more stories focused on people of color, on women, on people of different ages and backgrounds, on people with disabilities. One thing she didn’t mention is that major studio films – and comic book films in particular – are nearly completely lacking in LGBTQ characters. Homecoming actually included a scene that seemed to set up for the introduction of an LGBTQ student at Peter’s school. In the scene, Peter’s love interest Liz is playing F*ck, Marry, Kill listing the men of the Avengers with a boy and a girl friend of hers. The boy (J.J. Totah) responds, “But what about Spider-man?” The film seemed to be setting up that they were playing the game together, but ultimately did not follow through on what could have been as simple as replying with anything that indicated his own interest in the male Avengers. As it stands, the sum total of LGBTQ representation that GLAAD has found in Disney’s Marvel films since the SRI began in 2012 are seconds-long cameos of out news anchor Thomas Roberts appearing as himself in The Avengers and Iron Man 3.

Marvel has many LGBTQ characters in the source comics, and two of their upcoming films have prime opportunities to include those characters. NewNowNext has reported that this November’s MCU film Thor: Ragnarok will include the character Korg, a member of the alien warrior group known as the Warbound who in the Hulk comics was dating another man named Hiroim, as a friend of Thor. There is not yet any details on whether Hiroim will also be in the film or if the film will at all address Korg being gay, but we would like to see Marvel include their relationship on-screen rather than leaving it up to the outside knowledge of those who’ve read the books or press coverage.

Marvel recently screened footage of the upcoming Black Panther film for press, which included a scene between two women that many outlets read to be romantic. One of the characters in question, Ayo, is actually the lead in the now-cancelled book World of Wakanda that centers specifically on her relationship with another member of the all-women Dora Milaje who guard their country’s King. Yet, Marvel issued a statement saying the relationship seen in the film’s clip is not romantic and “that specific love storyline […] was not used as a source.” Only time will tell if the film erases Ayo’s queer identity all together, but the studio’s rush to disclaim a lesbian relationship does not bode well.

Wonder Woman

LGBTQ characters: 0Vito Russo Test: FAIL

Warner Brothers hit DC Comics film Wonder Woman won well-deserved critical acclaim and has seen record-breaking success at the box office. The film follows Diana aka Wonder Woman, Princess of the Amazonian island Themyscira, as she grows up and leaves her home behind to protect humankind during World War I. While the movie makes coy references to the fact that the Amazons – an immortal group of women who have lived together in isolation for thousands of years – were involved in romantic relationships with each other, it never commits to having an actual character. In the comics’ current run, writer Greg Rucka confirmed that Diana is canonically bisexual, saying, “the answer is obviously yes” that Diana has been in love and had serious relationships with women. While this run of comics began after principal shooting for the film had already finished, we want to see DC pull from this storyline as they work on the film’s sequel.

It is becoming increasingly more difficult to ignore that LGBTQ people are all over the pages of the source comics and are even making the small screen jump, but remain almost completely shut out of Hollywood’s big budget comic book films that have dominated the box office over the past several years.

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

LGBTQ characters: 0Vito Russo Test: FAIL

Based on the popular book series, Captain Underpants follows best friends and fourth grade class pranksters George and Harold as they accidentally turn their principal into the superhero Captain Underpants. In the twelfth and final book of the series, there is a flash-forward to the future, where the audience learns that Harold is married to a man and he and his husband have adopted two children. While the flash forward did not occur in this film, the ending did leave open the possibility of a sequel film. Hopefully, a future installment of the franchise will include Old Harold and his husband.

Transformers: The Last Knight – 3 Idiotas – The Mummy – Cars 3 – The Big Sick – Baby Driver – All Eyez on Me – Despicable Me 3 – The House – War for the Planet of the Apes – Girls Trip – Dunkirk – An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power – Mubarakan – The Emoji Movie – The Dark Tower – The Glass Castle – Annabelle: Creation – The Hitman’s Bodyguard – All Saints

LGBTQ characters: 0Vito Russo Test: Fail

The fifth film of Paramount’s Transformers series, with two more films in the series already scheduled, included a joke about lesbians. In one scene, the female lead Vivian is being questioned by her family on whether she has met a man, her aunt adds as she is flicking through newspaper personals, “or a woman. Women seeking women, here we go.” Lionsgate’s The Big Sick includes a similar line in the final scene when Kumail spots his ex at a comedy show, pretends not to know her, and asks her who she came to see. (“Have you seen him – or her – I don’t know what your deal is.”) Universal’s Despicable Me 3 included a performance scene where three of the minions dress in drag which is played for laughs, and Lionsgate’s 3 Idiotas included several jokes about a woman character who other characters believed to be a man. Warner Brothers’ The House included a mid-credits blooper scene where, while Will Ferrell is threatening a card counter, he adlibs “I’ll lick your dick” instead of the line which went into the film – a threat to dismember the man.

Universal’s Girls Trip counted a few one-liners including one about asking a man if he is gay over his fashion sense, and a character pitching her new gossip scoop to her editor as “Caitlyn Jenner pregnant by Tiger good!” In another scene, while drunk, one of the women gropes the chest of another. Paramount’s documentary An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power includes an interview clip from MSNBC where one might assume the subject is speaking to out anchor Thomas Roberts by the screen’s lower third. However, as the audience only sees the back of the interviewer’s head, we are not inclined to count the moment. Sony’s Bollywood farce Mubarakan included a scene where someone accidentally believes the male lead to be gay, saying, “Could he be one of those? Too-friendly?” after being told that all the man’s friends are men.

Universal’s The Mummy, Disney’s Cars 3, Sony’s Baby Driver, Lionsgate’s All Eyez on Me, FOX’s War for the Planet of the Apes, Dunkirk (Warner Brothers), Sony’s The Emoji Movie, The Dark Tower (Sony), Lionsgate’s The Glass Castle, Warner’s Annabelle: Creation, The Hitman’s Bodyguard (Lionsgate), and All Saints (Sony) did not include any LGBTQ content.

Mainstream film continues to lag behind the groundbreaking LGBTQ stories we see thriving in other forms of entertainment media; everywhere from television and digital series to comics to video games to novels to music. The fact that film has remained clumsy and inconsistent in its portrayal of LGBTQ lives makes the medium look more dated with each passing year. If the industry wants to remain relevant and retain younger generations as box office ticket buyers when they so many options for entertainment, Hollywood must catch up in reflecting the full diversity of the world those young people know. Those aged 18 to 34 are more than twice as likely to identify as LGBTQ as older generations, and they are simply not seeing themselves represented in mainstream film. The industry has to do better.

You can read the full 2017 Studio Responsibility Index now and our Memorial Day update here.

Follow GLAAD on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with our work as we continue to hold Hollywood accountable for who they are – or are not – representing.

September 14, 2017

‘Carol,’ ‘La La Land’, ‘Kiki’, and Everything Streaming on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and HBO This Month: FULL LIST

‘Carol,’ ‘La La Land’, ‘Kiki’, and Everything Streaming on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and HBO This Month: FULL LIST

Carol streaming this month

Looking for something to stream while you Netflix and chill? Check out our picks for new films streaming this month below, including CarolKiki and La La Land.

Who the F**k is that Guy (2017), available on Netflix Sept. 1

Get the behind-the-scenes story of Michael Alago, the gay, Puerto Rican A&R exec and music superfan that helped bring Metallica to the mainstream in this charming, modest doc.

Fried Green Tomatoes, available on HBO Sept. 1

From the Dixie Chicks’ “Goodbye Earl” to Practical Magic, there’s something cathartic about seeing a no-good straight guy get his comeuppance. That’s part of the queer appeal of this 1991 female buddy flick, but it’s certainly not all of it. Unlike the movie adaptation, in the original novel, main characters Idgie and Ruth had a much more explicit same-sex romance.

The Addams Family (1991) and Addams Family Values (1993), available on Hulu Sept. 1

From the divine Miss Anjelica Huston to the iconic Wednesday Addams to the always welcome Joan Cusack, the Addams Family films are campy classics.

Duane Michals: The Man Who Invented Himself (2014), available on Amazon Sept. 1

Get to know visionary portrait photographer Duane Michals in this documentary. One of Michaels’ most well-known series, “Chance Meeting,” depicts two men cruising in an alley.

Sex and the City: The Movie (2008), available on HBO Sept. 1

Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda return for the first (and far superior) film follow-up of the beloved television series. It’s still not great, but it’s got a fun closet montage, Jennifer Hudson and a full-frontal shot of hunky French actor Gilles Marini.

Batman Returns (1992), available on Hulu Sept. 1

Considering the recent crush of superhero blockbusters, they certainly don’t make anti-heroes like Batman Returns’ Selina Kyle anymore. Forget Anne Hathaway, Michelle Pfeiffer is the ultimate big-screen Catwoman. (The less said about Halle Berry, the better.) She’s the comic book character that launched 1,000 little gay boys in the ‘90s, for sure.

La La Land (2016), available on HBO Sept. 16.

It certainly wasn’t as good as Moonlight, but it was fine. Don’t @ me.

Carol (2015), available on Netflix Sept. 20

Todd Haynes’ critically-acclaimed meditation on forbidden romance between two women in the 1950s pulsates with style and sexuality, thanks to the electric on-screen magnetism of star Cate Blanchett. Based on Patricia Highsmith’s The Price of Salt, the drama has spawned a passionate internet fanbase known as the “Cult of Carol.”

Kiki (2016), available on Hulu Sept. 22

A spiritual successor to Paris Is Burning, this look at contemporary ballroom culture in NYC surges with passion, performance and an urgent political message.

All films coming to Netflix
Available Sept. 1
Amores Perros
The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography
City of God
Dead Poets Society
Deep Blue Sea
Disney’s Hercules
Disney’s Mulan
Gangs of New York
Gone Baby Gone
High Risk
Hotel for Dogs
Jaws 2
Jaws 3
Jaws: The Revenge
The Last Shaman
Little Evil
The Lost Brother
Pulp Fiction
Requiem for a Dream
The Rugrats Movie
Shaq & Cedric the Entertainer Present: All Star Comedy Jam
Shaquille O’Neal Presents: All Star Comedy Jam: Live from Atlanta
Shaquille O’Neal Presents: All Star Comedy Jam: Live from Dallas
Shaquille O’Neal Presents: All Star Comedy Jam: Live from Las Vegas
Shaquille O’Neal Presents: All Star Comedy Jam: Live from Orlando
Shaquille O’Neal Presents: All Star Comedy Jam: Live from South Beach
The Secret Garden
She’s Gotta Have It
The Squid and the Whale
Who the F**k is that Guy

Available Sept. 2
Vincent N Roxxy

Available Sept. 4

Available Sept. 5
Carrie Pilby
Facing Darkness
Like Crazy
Marc Maron: Too Real
Newsies: The Broadway Musical

Available Sept. 6
A Good American
Hard Tide

Available Sept. 8
Fabrizio Copano: Solo Pienso En Mi
Joaquín Reyes: Una y no más

Available Sept. 11
The Forgotten

Available Sept. 12
Jeff Dunham: Relative Disaster

Available Sept. 13
Ghost of the Mountains

Available Sept. 14
Disney’s Pocahontas

Available Sept. 15
First They Killed My Father
Foo Fighters: Back and Forth
George Harrison: Living in the Material World
Strong Island

Available Sept. 18
The Journey Is the Destination

Available Sept. 19
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (2017)
Jerry Before Seinfeld
Love, Sweat and Tears

Available Sept. 20

Available Sept. 22
The Samaritan

Available September 23
Alien Arrival

Available Sept. 26
Night School
Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan

Available Sept. 27
Absolutely Anything

Available Sept. 29
Gerald’s Game
Our Souls at Night

All films coming to Amazon
Available Sept. 1
American Loser
American Ruling Class
And You Thought Your Parents Were Weird
Best Seller
Blood Car
Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations
Calloused Hands
Charlotte Rampling: The Look
Computer Chess
Dark Ride
Dead Weight
Dirty Dancing
Disturbing Behavior
Double Headed Eagle
Double Take
Down to Earth
Duane Michaels: The Man Who Invented Himself
Dying Breed
Free Radicals
Ganja & Hess
Gogol Bordello: Non Stop
Hippie Masala
Holes in My Shoes
In the Land of the Deaf
Indecent Proposal
Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love
Kingdom of Shadows
La Maison de la Radio
Lars and the Real Girl
Lipstick & Dynamite: The First Ladies of Wrestling
Look Both Ways
Man About Town
Manuscripts Don’t Burn
Meditate and Destroy
Mr. X
Music From the Big House
Nollywood Babylon
Primitive London
Princess Kaiulani
Red Garters
River’s Edge
Sacred Flesh
Schoolgirl Hitchhikers
Successive Slidings of Pleasure
The Black Stallion
The Bloodsucker Leads the Dance
The Cove
The Cup
The Dark Half
The Fairy
The Giants
The Golden Child
The Hills Have Eyes 2
The Last Godfather
The New Public
The Object of Beauty
The Rage: Carrie 2
The Revisionaries
The Search for One Eyed Jimmy
The Sinful Nuns of Saint Valentine
The Workshop
This Ain’t No Mouse Music
Truth in Numbers? Everything According to Wikipedia
Vanishing Waves
Virgin Among the Living Dead
Virgin Witch
Web Junkie
Wedding Crashers
When I Saw You
Wide Awake
With One Voice

Available Sept. 2
The Hunter’s Prayer

Available Sept. 7
The Magnificent Seven

Available Sept. 9
Meri Pyaari Bindu

All films coming to Hulu
Available September 1
A River Runs Through It
Addams Family Values
The Addams Family
Akeelah and the Bee
American Loser
An Inconvenient Truth
And You Thought Your Parents Were Weird
Batman Returns
Best Seller
The Black Stallion
The Blue Lagoon
Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations
Carrie (1976)
The Cove
The Cup
Dances With Wolves
Dare Not Walk Alone
The Dark Half
Disturbing Behavior
Dead Hands Dig Deep
Down to Earth
Dr. Strange
Dying Breed
Eternity: The Movie
Fools Rush In
Fright Night (2011)
The Golden Child
Gridiron Heroes
Harriet the Spy
History of Jazz: Oxygen for the Ears
Home Sweet Hell
Indecent Proposal
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
The Invincible Iron Man
Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love
Kill Me, Deadly
L.A. Twister
Lars and the Real Girl
Last Chance Harvey
The Last Godfather
The Levenger Tapes
The Loved Ones
Mad Hot Ballroom
Man About Town
The Men Who Stare at Goats
The Monster Squad
My Girl
My Girl 2
Nacho Libre
The Neverending Story
The Object of Beauty
Ordinary People
The Pelican Brief
Planet Hulk
Princess Kaiulani
The Rage – Carrie 2
Red Garters
Remember the Goal
Return to the Blue Lagoon
River’s Edge
Robocop (1987)
Robocop 2
The Silence of the Lambs
Silent Hill
Sinbad: Beyond the Veil of Mists
Spring Broke
Something to Talk About
Stomp the Yard
Surfer, Dude
Tiger Raid
Thor: Tales of Asgard
Ultimate Avengers: The Movie
Ultimate Avengers 2
Walking Tall
You Got Served
You Got Served: Beat the World

Available Sept. 2
Freaky Friday (1977)
Freaky Friday (2003)

Available Sept. 3
The Eye

Available Sept. 5
The Emperor’s New Groove
Insatiable: The Homaro Cantu Story
Lilo & Stitch
The Lodge
Returning Citizens

Available Sept. 6
Crash (2005)

Available Sept. 7

Available Sept. 9
The Magnificent Seven (2016)

Available Sept. 12

Available Sept. 13
Once Upon a Time in Shanghai

Available Sept. 14
Robo-Dog: Airborne

Available Sept. 15
An American Werewolf in London
Child of God
Endless Love
The Lookalike
The Road Within
Skating to New York
The Thaw
These Final Hours
The Women of Brewster Place

Available Sept. 16
Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail

Available Sept. 19
Straight/Curve: Challenging the Beauty

Available Sept. 20

Available Sept. 21
The Commune
Food Evolution

Available Sept. 22
Interview With a Hitman
Sword of Vengeance
Vengeance of an Assassin

Available Sept. 25
The Double

Available Sept. 27
The ABC’s of Death
Frankie & Alice
Hammer of the Gods
I Saw the Devil
Kiss of the Damned
Let the Right One In
Survival of the Dead
V/H/S 2

Available Sept. 28
Dance Flick

Available Sept. 30
The Evil in Us
Once Upon a Time in Venice

All films coming to HBO
Available Sept. 1
Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
The Amityville Horror
Austin Powers the Spy Who Shagged Me
Body of Lies
The Crew
Dumb and Dumber
The Express
Fantastic Voyage
Fried Green Tomatoes (Director’s Cut)
Halloween: Resurrection
Head of State
Hellboy II: The Golden Army
How High
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
Keeping the Faith
Maximum Overdrive
My Sister’s Keeper
Scent of a Woman
Sea of Love
Sex and the City: The Movie
Stick It

Available Sept. 2
A Monster Calls

Available Sept. 9
Hidden Figures

Available Sept. 16
La La Land

Available Sept. 23
Assassin’s Creed

Available Sept. 30
Why Him?

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Meanwhile, In Westeros: More Reveals and Returns On ‘Game Of Thrones’ [RECAP]

Meanwhile, In Westeros: More Reveals and Returns On ‘Game Of Thrones’ [RECAP]

Game of Thrones

OK, so last night’s episode of Game of Thrones wasn’t exactly the fire-breathing, pirate-fighting, Olenna-poisoning, action-packed hour we’ve been spoiled by most of this season. However, among all the maneuvering and strategizing, some very, very, VERY big revelations were (possibly)(probably) made, and we witnessed a few long-awaited returns.

Last night’s episode, titled “Eastwatch,” packed an awful lot of development in with minimal bloodshed, but the sheer volume of narrative progress has my head spinning. Plus, now I’m truly convinced they installed some kind of rapid mass transit Acela line in Westeros because factions are traveling at downright comical paces now.

There is a ton to parse through in this episode, and to be completely honest, I’m not even sure I’m fully grasping the importance of everything. You guys have been great filling in gaps in the comments, and I’m super curious to hear your thoughts on some of last night’s reveals.

So let’s not waste another moment before hopping into our recap, below!

Game of Thrones

Meanwhile, at the Reach …

Jaime and Bronn emerge from the watery depths with one pretty staggering realization: There is no way they can win this war, not with all the Dothraki and dragons and what not. This is also a great time for Bronn to let Jaime that he’s putting in his two week’s three dragons notice, because he did not sign up for all of that. Sorry!

Nearby, Daenerys rounds up the Lannister troops that haven’t yet been torched. Our benevolent Breaker of Chains gives the remaining soldiers an option: Bend the knee or get your gooey insides turned into crème brûlée. Many of the Lannister men drop to their knees faster than a BrokeStraightGuys model on a pile of $20 bills. Two notable exceptions are the Tarlys.

Daenerys calls out Papa Tarly and gives him one more chance to reconsider, but he’s like NOPE, I am one loyal dude, which sounds very noble at first. Then Tyrion points out that he wasn’t so loyal when he sold out the Tyrells to fight alongside the Lannisters. Then Papa Tarly — who you may recall is a real jerkface — reminds us that at least the Lannisters didn’t side with outsiders and savages, and it’s all suddenly clear that Daddy Tarly is just a big ol’ Westerosi racist! BURN THEM.

Then, despite Tyrion’s pleading to maybe just throw the racist Tarlys in a timeout to think about what they’ve done, Daenerys has Drogon fire up Papa Tarly and handsome Dickon, whom I don’t even miss anymore because he chose to get burned alive with his racist daddy.

Meanwhile, at Winterfell …

Arya is playing secret shopper, casually observing how Sansa is running Winterfell, and, honey, you are not going to be happy with her comment card!

First off, she watches as the bannermen in the North complain about Jon Snow’s absence and make the case Sansa would be better suited to rule. Sansa is all like “No way, you think?” but tries to modestly take the compliment without reveling in the idea for too long.

Arya does catch her reveling just enough to confront her about it in a passive-aggressive exchange that rivals some of the best Real Housewives episodes. Catching her taking up residence in their parents’ old chamber, Arya drops a bunch of lines and side-eye about how Sansa always wants nice things, and clearly one of those nice things she wants to have is to rule Winterfell instead of Jon. If that wasn’t the case, she’d just behead the other bannermen who dare question Jon’s authority.

Sansa, though, is a little more world weary. She knows she can’t just behead her way out of every problem. That didn’t work out for Joffrey or Ramsay or really anyone. You need to have allies. Arya still isn’t convinced. She thinks Sansa only wants to stay in the good graces of the other Northern houses so when she makes her powerplay, she has their support. It’s an incredibly juicy scene for the two sisters, and it reinforces that although they’ve both been through dramatically transformative experiences, their core differences still simmer just below the surface. They’re both survivors, but they’ve made it this far using very different tactics.

Her sister is not the only one Arya has her eye on. She’s tailing Littlefinger all over Winterfell, watching him conspire with various lords and maesters. She catches him receiving a scroll from a maester, which Littlefinger says in full-throated stage whisper “You’re sure this is the only one in Winterfell … Lady Sansa appreciates it, homey.” Then he winks directly into the camera, before twirling his mustache and retiring into his room. He re-emerges shortly thereafter and locks his door behind him.

Like clockwork, Arya MacGuyver’s her way into his room and quickly finds the scroll in question. It was from a raven Sansa had sent back to Winterfell under pressure from Cersei way back in season one asking her family to bend the knee to Joffrey. She makes her way out of the room, and we see Littlefinger watching from the shadows, obviously pleased at how these events unfolded.

Now I’m not entirely sure how to read all this. Clearly Littlefinger wanted Arya to find this info, but to what end? Arya likely will assume this is evidence of Sansa’s scheming, but will she act on that suspicion before Sansa can explain? Besides stirring up chaos (which is a ladder, remember), what is Littlefinger’s end game? I truly don’t believe he wants to see Sansa harmed or killed, so he wouldn’t want her in a position where Arya could hurt her. Where is it all going? I DO NOT KNOW.

Elsewhere in Winterfell, Bran is plugging his mental router into the World Warg Web, launching his consciousness into a raven flying out beyond the Wall. Well, look here, it’s the Night King and all his White Walkers and his wights marching steadily along. Eep!

Bran readies warnings for the other kingdoms. Ooh, gurl, you’ve got a three(-eyed raven)-mail!

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Meanwhile, at Old Town …

The maesters get Bran’s message, but they’re not totally convinced. What if this message is just a trick from Daenerys to lure all the armies out of Westeros so she can fly in and takeover?

Well, for starters, Sam pipes up, Bran somehow survived outside the wall for years despite the fact he’s paralyzed. That’s pretty notable. Plus, Sam can attest this Army of the Dead is the real deal.

The maesters decide they’re going to look into it, but that’s not enough for Samuel.

Back at his home, Gilly is studying up for her Jeopardy try-out, cramming Westerosi trivia. Did you know this maester kept super meticulous records? Did you know how many windows are in the Great Sept of Baelor? Did you know Rhaegar got an annulment and remarried on the same night? And also …

I CAN’T EAT TACO BELL, I’M ON ALL CARB DIETTHERE IS NO SEPT OF BAELOR ANYMORE. GOD, KARENGILLY, YOU’RE SO STUPID! And Sam huffs away. He packs up the baby and Gilly and leaves the Citadel behind, abandoning the worst winter internship to serve a great purpose.

Hold up. Let’s rewind. Rhaegar REMARRIED? Now, I’m making two BIG (however LIKLEY) assumptions. The first is that Rhaegar is the father of Jon Snow, which is something that feels extremely likely, but has not been confirmed. And secondly, that Lyanna Stark is the one Rhaegar married. This is VERY important information. Although most people had assume Rhaegar and Lyanna were Jon’s true parents, the popular theory was that he was the product of rape. HOWEVER, if he was born out of a recognized marriage, that would make him the legitimate heir to throne. In fact, his claim to the throne would supersede Daenerys’ because he’s a boy. (Sorry, #feminism.)

It’s certainly a very interesting wrinkle to intro into our story at this point. Will Daenerys learn this information? Will it shake her sense of self? She’s lived her whole life believing she was the rightful heir. Will she feel like she needs to knock Jon out of her way? It feels like the story has been building toward these two coming together, not fighting one another. It also feels like Jon isn’t ambitious enough to even want the Iron Throne. His ultimate purpose feels like it has more to do with the Night King (and I would wager it will require him to sacrifice his life, again). So what does this all mean? I. DO. NOT. KNOW.

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Meanwhile, at Dragonstone …

Daenerys comes back from toasting the Lannister army and lands Drogon right in front of Jon Snow. The snarling, growling dragon gets all up in Jon’s face before allowing him to place a bare hand on his snout. Drogon might as well have rolled over, showed his belly and licked Jon’s face. This certainly goes a long way in supporting the theory that Jon has some Targaryen blood in him.

(It also reminds me of when Tyrion confronted the dragons when Daenerys used to keep them chained up in Meereen and they also didn’t pop him in their mouth like some kind of human amuse bouche. Could Tyrion also be part Targaryen? There are certainly corners of the internet that believe Dany’s daddy raped Tyrion’s mom, which is REALLY why Tywin always hated Tyrion, but, honestly, you guys, I can only handle so many crazy theories in one episode.)

Before Daenerys can be like DO YOU HAVE SOME KIND OF DRAGON SCOOBY SNACK IN YOUR CLOAK? Ser Jorah arrives and they have a sweet little reunion.

There’s not a ton of time to explore which of these two men have a better chance at capturing the Dragon Queen’s heart. There are too many other far more pressing matters to attend to than turning this all into a rom-com love triangle, anyway. For example, there’s this message from Bran about the Night King.

Jon knows they’re running out of time. Tyrion hatches a plan to convince Cersei to stop the immediate war so they can all fight the Army of the Dead together. Jon will just have to catch a wight and bring it to King’s Landing, while Tyrion convinces Jaime to get Cersei to grant them an audience. What could go wrong?!

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Meanwhile, at King’s landing …

Jaime returns to King’s Landing to drop some hard truths on Queen Cersei. They are vastly outmanned (and more importantly out-dragoned) by Daenerys’ forces. This is not a battle they can win.

That’s all well and good, but what other option do they have? As Cersei puts it, they could surrender and be killed, or they can fight and be killed. Her choice is clear, his should be too.

Oh, and also, Jaime tells Cersei, Tyrion never killed Joffrey, Cersei, Olenna did. I mean, talk about your classic I’ve got bad news and more bad news situation. Cersei takes this about as well as expected, focused less on how she misjudged Tyrion and more on how she missed her chance to concoct an elaborate death/torture for Olenna before Jaime convinced her to use the painless poison.

From there Jaime heads down to train with Bronn, except, just kidding! Bronn brought him down to the Skull Room to arrange a rendezvous with Tyrion.

Much like the Arya/Sansa tête-à-tête, this sibling meeting is just as emotionally charged. Tyrion tries to play to Jaime’s ego, first complimenting him on his strategic win at Casterly Rock. When that doesn’t move him, he tries to appeal to Jaime’s sympathies considering how their father tried to have him executed despite the fact he was innocent. Jaime is still not ready to embrace his little brother, so Tyrion cuts to the chase. Let’s put a pin in this whole war so we can fight the icy zombie people marching toward Westeros.

Jaime brings this plan to Cersei, and she’s surprisingly cool with it. A break from the battle gives the Lannisters a chance to regroup, and working closely with Daenerys gives them an opportunity to fight a battle of wits instead of arms, really.

Also, Cersei totally knew about Jaime’s meeting with Tyrion, so is Jaime going to punish Bronn for going behind his back? Oh, yeah, and one more thing, Cersei is “pregnant.”

OK, OK. I put pregnant in quotes, because I for one just do not believe it. I think Cersei is lying to manipulate Jaime. But let’s say she’s not. I still don’t think she’s ever going to carry this baby to term because of that pesky Maggy the Frog prophecy about only having three kids. So far, that prophecy has been pretty spot on, so I don’t expect it to veer now.

As Jaime embraces the mother-aunt of his next child, she leans into his ear and warns him about betraying her again. Yikes.

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Over in Flea Bottom, Davos stops by a handsome, young swordsman’s stall and … oh my goodness, is that? … Is it really? … It is! It’s GENDRY! You remember Gendry. He was Robert Baratheon’s bastard son. He escaped King’s Landing when they were slaughtering all of Robert’s bastards, he palled around with Ayra and Hot Pie for a while. Eventually he ended up with the Brotherhood until Thoros and Beric sold him to Melisandre who used leeches to steal his royal blood. She and Stannis would have sacrificed Gendry had Davos not helped him escape in a rowboat. The ongoing joke has been that he’s been rowing ever since.

Turns out that wasn’t the case! He kept his lineage secret right under Cersei’s nose. He’s been back to blacksmithing in King’s Landing, and he’s very, very good with a warhammer. Just watch him blast these two Lannister guards in the head with it before he, Davos and Tyrion return to Dragonstone.

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Meanwhile, at Dragonstone, again …

Davos tells Gendry in no uncertain terms to still keep his parentage a secret. So, naturally, Gendry walks righ up to Jon Snow and immediately blabs that he’s Robert Baratheon’s son, and he’s here to adventure with Jon the same way their “fathers” did back in the day. He’s going to join them in their quest to capture a wight.

And so is Jorah, which, jeez man, take your coat off and stay a while, why don’t you? He came back to serve Dany, so serve her he will. Before he goes, Tyrion gives him back the coin the slaver gave him in season five when he suggested the master allow them to fight in the pits as free men. It’s all very Elizabeth Taylor “these have always brought me luck” White Diamonds to me.

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Meanwhile, at Eastwatch …

Jon, Davos, Jorah and Gendry arrive at Eastwatch, one of the last three manned castles along the Wall. It’s where Jon sent Tormund and the Free Folk. Also residing at Eastwatch, but as prisoners, are Beric, Thoros and the Hound.

Now this is a motley crew indeed. Tormund is suspicious of Jorah because his father hunted Free Folk when he ran the Night’s Watch. Gendry is suspicious of Beric and Thoros because they’re the ones that sold him to Melisandre. Also, Jon knows the Hound from way back when he visited Winterfell in a season one scene I’m struggling to remember the significance of. Suffice to say, there’s plenty of ill will to be shared among the ragtag group.

Jon, ever the uniter, reminds them they are all on the side of the living, so there’s no time for petty squabbling. Let’s go out there and catch us a wight!

And that’s where we leave off. Next week’s episode clocks in at an astounding 75 minutes, so be sure to extend all your DVR recordings, hennies. It’s going to be a doozy!

Leave your predictions in the comments!

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Check out GLAAD’s guide to LGBTQ-inclusive programming at Comic-Con 2017!

Check out GLAAD’s guide to LGBTQ-inclusive programming at Comic-Con 2017!

Comic-Con International

Each year, Comic-Con International: San Diego brings together comic book, film, and television fans together with creators and celebrities to engage with each other and discuss their favorite content in an assortment of panels, screenings, and workshops. This year’s programming schedule features an assortment of panels centered on issues of representation in comics and other forms of media, presentations from LGBTQ-inclusive shows, and conversations with LGBTQ creators.

Don’t miss GLAAD’s own Nick Adams, Director of Transgender Media & Representation, who will be on Thursday’s “LGBTQ Geek Year in Review” panel talking about some of the biggest queer entertainment stories of the last year. Also on Thursday, Megan Townsend, GLAAD’s Director of Entertainment Research & Analysis, will be part of the “It Gets Geekier: Why Queer Representation Matters” panel.

Follow @GLAAD on Twitter to hear more from their panels! Below, check out this year’s schedule of LGBTQ-inclusive programming at SDCC (descriptions taken from the official programming guide):

Thursday, July 20

Code Switch: Diversity Behind the Scenes

Jimmy Diggs (writer, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Voyager) and Gigi Edgley (Chiana on Farscape) lead a diverse panel of science fiction, fantasy, and gaming industry leaders as they share their perspectives from behind the scenes of your favorite franchises. African American, veteran, LGBTQ, and female creatives discuss diversity of background and thought. Learn how obstacles overcome, stereotypes broken, and glass ceilings shattered have fueled creative magic! Panelists to include Dan Evans (VP of creative affairs, DC Comics), Rebekah Ganiere (author, Dead Awakenings), Alison Haislip (actor, host, gamer), Mark O’Bannon (author, The Dream Crystal), and Morgan Romine (director of initiatives,

Thursday July 20, 2017 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Room 25ABC

Anything Goes With John Barrowman

Join actor and entertainer John Barrowman (Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, Torchwood, Doctor Who) for his outrageously entertaining one-man show. Ask him anything and remember . . . anything goes!

Thursday July 20, 2017 11:00 am – 11:50 am

Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Behind the Scenes of Freeform’s Hit Series Stitchers

What if there were a way to insert a living consciousness into a dead person’s memories to find out their cause of death? The Freeform original series Stitchers follows Kirsten Clark, a highly intelligent and persistent computer science student with the ability to hack into the minds of the recently deceased. Recruited into a covert government agency to be “stitched” into the memories of the dead, Kirsten and the Stitchers team investigate murders and solve mysteries. Moderated by TV Guide’s Damian Holbrook, this panel will include executive producer Jeff Schechter with series stars Emma Ishta, Kyle Harris, Ritesh Rajan, and Damon Dayoub. See an exclusive clip from the next week’s episode!

Thursday July 20, 2017 12:00 pm – 12:50 pm

Be Your Own Superhero: Intersectional Feminism in Comics

Representation matters, both on and behind the page. Sam Maggs (Wonder Women, Star Trek: Waypoint), Susana Polo (Polygon), Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Complex), Robbie Thompson (Supernatural, Silk), Christina “Steenz” Stewart (Lion Forge Comics), Cait Brennan (Debutante), and Rose Knight (Women Write About Comics) chat about the strides made in representation of race, gender, and sexuality in comics-and how everyone can do better.

Thursday July 20, 2017 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Room 32AB

CBLDF: State of Censorship 2017

Get a global look at comics censorship from CBLDF! See how the new political climate is affecting free speech in the U.S., with increased scrutiny at the border and an abundance of local challenges to comics addressing diversity and equality. Explore how cartoonists are being prosecuted, threatened, and intimidated by authorities around the globe for making art. Learn how you can participate with CBLDF in making a difference and standing up for free expression! CBLDF executive director Charles Brownstein and editorial director Betsy Gomez lead the conversation.

Thursday July 20, 2017 12:00pm – 1:00pm 
Room 11

The Pitching Hour

Patrick Schumacker (producer, Powerless), Derek Hoffman (VP, Donner Co.), Jaime Burke (executive producer, Sequestered), Grace Ellis (writer, Lumberjanes, Moonstruck), a surprise guest or four, and your moderator Dan Evans III (VP television, DC Entertainment) will take an idea from conception through production for various media. This process will include creating a pitch document, obtaining agents, and getting a pitch meeting. The panelists will explain, through hypothetical example and humorous stories, the process that new creators should adopt to make their way through the creative battleground of the entertainment industry. Knowing that each project is unique, panelists will offer a Q&A to allow the audience to really hone in on the solutions to obstacles they may encounter. Also on hand will be Brendan McFeely (IP lawyer, Kane Kessler) to give creators insight on protecting their ideas as they navigate Hollywood.

Thursday July 20, 2017 12:00pm – 1:00pm 
Room 7AB

Behind the Scenes of Freeform’s Hit Series Shadowhunters

In the summer season of Shadowhunters, the rift between the Shadowhunters and Downworlders grows larger and the team and their Downworlder friends and lovers are put in the middle of the dangerous divide. Torn between the Clave’s rules and what they feel is right, Clary, Jace, Alec, and Isabelle struggle to help forge a new beginning. Relationships will be tested, a new Shadowhunter named Sebastian has joined the fray, and the Seelie Queen will step out of the shadows. Moderated by’s Matt Fowler, panelists include executive producers Todd Slavkin, Darren Swimmer, and Matt Hastings, with series stars Katherine McNamara, Dominic Sherwood, Alberto Rosende, Emeraude Toubia, Matthew Daddario, Isaiah Mustafa, and Harry Shum Jr. Freeform will show an exclusive clip from an upcoming episode and give new information on season 3.

Thursday July 20, 2017 1:00 pm – 1:50 pm

Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

SYFY Hosts The Great Debate

What superfan doesn’t love a good debate? Star Destroyer or Enterprise? Who was the best Batman? Have video games eclipsed movies and TV? John Hodgman (actor, writer, Internet judge) leads the ultimate debate, featuring panelists Adam Savage(former co-host, MythBusters), Orlando Jones (American Gods), Aisha Tyler (Archer), John Barrowman (Arrow), and Charlie Jane Anders (All the Birds in the Sky). Join in as they share their thoughts, feelings, and theories on the genre’s most influential moments, milestones, and people. Before you leave, you’ll get a chance to voice your opinion and help crown science fiction’s best moments of all time.

Thursday July 20, 2017 1:15pm – 2:15pm 
Ballroom 20

Editing Comics

What does an editor do? What goes into editing a book? This program is a discussion of how professional editors from the industry’s most prestigious publishers work with authors to make awesome comics and graphic novels as well as what else goes into an editor’s job. This program is for people interested in the behind the scenes of publishing as well as for aspiring and young writers and artists. With Robin Herrera(Oni Press), Cassandra Pelham (Scholastic), Mark Siegel (First Second Books), and Shannon Watters (BOOM! Studios). Moderated by Christopher Butcher (TCAF).

Thursday July 20, 2017 1:30pm – 2:30pm 
Room 4

Creating Kickass Comics Characters

Creators Amy Chu (Poison Ivy, Red Sonja, Sensation Comics’s Wonder Woman), Mags Visaggio (Kim & Kim, Quantum Teens Are Go), and the legendary Trina Robbins(Vampirella, Wonder Woman) discuss their processes for developing memorable characters, updating classics, and creating new ones. This panel will analyze some favorite and not-so-favorite character makeovers and highlight some new badass ones.

Thursday July 20, 2017 2:00pm – 3:00pm 
Room 28DE

Diversity in Comics: A Librarian’s Perspective

We often hear about the importance of diversity in comics from the point of view of creators, but what about the librarians who provide access to the comics? How do library professionals face diversity and inclusion-or the lack thereof-in their comic collection development and programming? How can libraries better support the movement for more diverse and inclusive comics? With panelists Candice Mack (Los Angeles Public Library), Erwin Magbanua (San Diego Public Library), Lalitha Nataraj(Escondido Public Library), and Lisa Valdez (Pierce Community College).

Thursday July 20, 2017 2:00pm – 3:00pm 
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

Teen Wolf

Just before the series is set to end its historic run on MTV, this panel will take a look back at where it all began. Teen Wolf cast and crew will be on hand to reminisce about how the show got started, talk through the challenges that shaped it as it grew into a beloved series, and tease the epic moments that will close out a six-year saga. Expect series regulars, surprise guests, and one last chance to say goodbye to a TV show that defied expectations at every turn.

Thursday July 20, 2017 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Hall H

Van Helsing Season 2

Premiering exclusive footage from the highly anticipated new season of SYFY’s Van Helsing. Stars Kelly Overton (True Blood), Jonathan Scarfe (Hell on Wheels), Missy Peregrym (Rookie Blue), Christopher Heyerdahl (Twilight, True Blood), Paul Johansson (One Tree Hill), Aleks Paunovic (Continuum, iZombie), and Rukiya Bernard will join creator/showrunner Neil LaBute (In the Company of Men, Hell on Wheels) and executive producer Mike Frislev (Fargo, Hell on Wheels) in a Q&A moderated by executive producer Chad Oakes (Fargo, Hell on Wheels).

Thursday July 20, 2017 3:00 pm – 3:50 pm

Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Writing from Life: Turning Personal Experience into Relatable Stories

Poignant stories often come from a place of truth, but once you’ve lived through something, how do you turn it into a piece of art that you can share with the wider world? Moderator Jessica Tseang (comic book historian) aims to find out with panelists Sonny Liew (The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye), Eduardo Risso (Dark Night: A True Batman Story), Gemma Correll (The Worrier’s Guide to Life), Lewis Trondheim(Poppies of Iraq), Brigitte Findakly (Poppies of Iraq), and Tillie Walden (I Love This Part).

Thursday July 20, 2017 3:00pm – 4:00pm 
Room 29AB

NBC’s Timeless: Fan Tribute Celebration

NBC’s Timeless traveled back in time to make the unbelievable happen. It became the first show ever to be canceled and renewed after only three days-all thanks to tremendous fan support! Join cast members Abigail Spencer (Rectify, Oz the Great and Powerful), Matt Lanter (Pitch Perfect 3, Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Malcolm Barrett (Preacher, Better Off Ted), and Goran Višnjić (ER, Extant), and executive producers Shawn Ryan (The Shield, S.W.A.T.) and Eric Kripke (Supernatural, Revolution) for a Q&A session and fan celebration moderated by USA Today’ s Brian Truitt. The cast will take a look back at their favorite moments from season 1 and answer burning fan questions on unsolved mysteries. Timeless is produced by Sony Pictures Television, Universal Television, MiddKid Productions, Kripke Enterprises, and Davis Entertainment and will return to NBC in 2018.

Thursday July 20, 2017 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Room 6BCF

The Strain Screening and Q&A

The world has gone dark in the wake of a nuclear explosion and strigoi are in control. Do these heroes have what it takes to save humankind? The Strain, FX’s action-packed vampire thriller based on the bestselling books from Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, returns for its fourth and final season. Get a sneak peek at never-before-seen footage and then join showrunner/executive producer/writer Carlton Cuse, executive producer/writer Chuck Hogan, and stars Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Kevin Durand, Ruta Gedmintas, Miguel Gomez, Richard Sammel, and Max Charles as they discuss the challenges (and fun!) of bringing this post-apocalyptic world to life.

Thursday July 20, 2017 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm

Ballroom 20

Legion Screening and Q&A

Legion, based on the New Mutants Marvel Comics by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz, is the story of David Haller (Dan Stevens), a troubled young man who grew up believing himself to be schizophrenic, only to discover he is something more than human. In fact, David could be the most powerful mutant who has ever lived. Along with a team of other extraordinarily gifted people at a facility called Summerland, David learns to accept his true self and defeat the Shadow King. Or so they all believe. Creator/executive producer/writer/director Noah Hawley is joined by fellow executive producers John Cameron, Lauren Shuler Donner, and Jeph Loeband series stars Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza, Jean Smart, Bill Irwin,Jeremie Harris, and Amber Midthunder for a conversation on what to look forward to from season 2 of Legion .

Thursday July 20, 2017 5:00pm – 6:00pm 
Ballroom 20

Moonlight and Magic: Black LGBTQ Contributions to Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Comics, and Genre

The Black LGBTQ experience has brought unique and significant intersectional perspectives to our society and popular media: Black Lives Matter was founded by three black queer women; Black LGBT authors Octavia Butler and Samuel Delany created legendary works; bisexual writer Roxane Gay brought Marvel’s Black Panther to deep critical acclaim; and Moonlight won the Oscar for Best Picture. Join Prism Comics with moderator Faith Cheltenham (BiNet USA VP, co-creator) and panelists Viktor Kerney (Prism board member, GayMediaSoWhite creator), Ajuan Mance (, Sean Z. Maker (Bent-Con), Monica Roberts (TransGriot, National Transgender Advocacy Coaltion), William O. Tyler a.k.a. WOT (Queerbait), and Eliot Sutler, Esq. (BiWoCC) as they discuss the power of the Black LGBTQ experience and its positive effect not only on popular media but on society and the world at large.

Thursday July 20, 2017 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Room 28DE

Star Trek: The Next 50 Years

The authors of the critically acclaimed bestselling two-volume series from St. Martin’s Press The Fifty-Year Mission, Mark A. Altman (Free Enterprise, The Librarians) and Edward Gross (Empire, FHM, Geek Magazine), along with Access Hollywood’ s Scott Mantz, look back at five decades of Star Trek and speculate on where the franchise will boldly go over the next 50 years, including the latest news from the set of Star Trek: Discovery, the future of the movie franchise, and why we need Trek today more than ever.

Thursday July 20, 2017 5:00pm – 6:00pm 
Room 25ABC

The Secrets of Immersive Worlds

The best comics lure you into their worlds with magic, myth, minutiae, and more. It can be the smallest detail that changes you from a reader to an active participant in the story. Vince Hernandez (Aspen Comics) trades worldbuilding secrets with master storytellers Marjorie Liu (Monstress), Roxane Gay (Black Panther: World of Wakanda), Dustin Nguyen (Descender), Liz Suburbia (Sacred Heart), and Marguerite Bennett (InSeXts).

Thursday July 20, 2017 5:00pm – 6:00pm 
Room 9

LGBTQ Geek Year in Review

The past year has been filled with key moments in comics, TV, movies, animation, and games that every queer geek should know about. The panel will discuss the significance of these events to the greater LGBTQ community. Hosted by Prism Comics and moderated by P. Kristen Enos (Prism Comics, Active Voice the Comic Collection), the panel includes Diane Anderson-Minshall (editorial director, The Advocate, Plus Magazine, and Tiny Living Chic), Nick Adams (director of programs, GLAAD’s Transgender Media), Mike Ciriaco (LA Weekly, WeHoTV News), Amber Garza (director of international licensing, Sequential Rights; West Coast coordinator, Geeks OUT!), Chelsea Steiner (,, and Amelia Vaughn (Huffington Post, Riptide Publishing).

Thursday July 20, 2017 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Room 28DE

Women of Color in Comics: Race, Gender, and the Comic Book Medium

The Women in Comics Collective (WinC, pronounced “Wink”) is an international organization that highlights the merit and craft work of women working in the comic book and multimedia industries. Their membership is made up of artists, writers, educators, filmmakers, show producers, art gallery directors, cosplayers, game developers, bloggers, and toy makers. Focusing on female and racial representation in comics, fandom, and the industry, panelists include moderator Regine L. Sawyer(writer, publisher, WinC founder), Jewels Smith ([H]afrocentric writer and creator, activist), Vanee Smith-Matsalia (writer, educator), Jay Justice (cosplayer, activist), Alice Meichi Li (comic book artist, illustrator), Leen Isabel (cosplayer, artist, creator of Pole Dancing Adventures), Jazmine Joyner (comic book store owner), and Jules Rivera (comic book artist).

Thursday July 20, 2017 6:00pm – 7:00pm 
Room 32AB

Marvel Television: Marvel’s Inhumans

The Inhumans have landed in San Diego! Special guests of the highly anticipated Marvel’s Inhumans unveil an explosive panel moderated by executive producer Jeph Loeb. This event series will premiere a version of the first two episodes exclusively in IMAX theatres for a two-week window prior to the debut of the full series on ABC.

Thursday July 20, 2017 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm

Ballroom 20

Publishers Weekly: Selling Comics to a Diverse Audience

It’s no secret that the audience for comics has become far more diverse over the last decade. As more children, women, people of color, and queer readers discover comics-and more work is created for these audiences-reaching out on a retail level is even more important. PW senior editor Calvin Reid talks with comics retailers and booksellers about expanding the readership and standing up for representation and what works and what doesn’t. With Christopher Butcher (The Beguiling), Terence Irvins (Kinokuniya), Jennifer Haines (The Dragon), and more.

Thursday July 20, 2017 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Black Mask: Debuting Tomorrow’s Legends

Room 23ABC

With a nonstop string of breakout hits including Space Riders, BLACK, 4 Kids Walk into a Bank, Young Terrorists, Jade Street Protection Services, The Dregs, Godkiller, We Can Never Go Home, the Eisner-nominated Kim & Kim, and its most recent smash CALEXIT,Black Mask has made a name for itself as the hottest launchpad to debut new talent and as the home for some of the coolest, most provocative comics around. Join Black Mask co-founder Matteo Pizzolo (Young Terrorists, Godkiller, CALEXIT) and the creators of Kim & Kim Magdalene Visaggio, Eva Cabrera, and Claudia Aguirre;creators of BLACK Kwanza Osajyefo and Tim Smith 3; creators of 4 Kids Walk into a Bank Matthew Rosenberg and Tyler Boss; and more special guests for a wide-ranging discussion of how new creators and new ideas are changing comics and how YOU can be a part of it.

Thursday July 20, 2017 7:00pm – 8:00pm 
Room 29AB

It Gets Geekier: Why Queer Representation Matters

Joshua Yehl (IGN Comics) brings It Gets Geekier back to discuss the importance of including LGBT+ characters in comic books, TV shows, and movies. Host Bryan Pittard (Flame On! Podcast) will lead the talk including Sina Grace (Iceman), Kris Anka (All-New X-Men), Megan Townsend (GLAAD), Marc Andreyko (Love is Love) and more.

Thursday July 20, 2017 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Room 24ABC

Friday, July 21

Geeking Out on Secret Loves: When Personal Tales Fill the Page

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls is the newest anthology from editor Hope Nicholson about love, sex, and dating, with stories from cartoonists and professional geeks who tell their intimate, heartbreaking, and inspiring stories. Join Dark Horse creators of all genders, orientations, and cultural backgrounds for a discussion on the modern idea of love: J. P. Larocque (Gay Nerds), Amy Chu (Red Sonja), Cecil Castellucci (Soupy Leaves Home), Vita Ayala (Our Work Fills the Pews), and moderator Dustin Nelson (social media coordinator at Dark Horse).

Friday July 21, 2017 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Room 25ABC

The Black Panel

The Black Panel is 20 years old. A new era begins with an unprecedented event. Panelists for the year’s 20th-anniversary forum will not be announced in advance. If you’ve never been to Michael Davis’s Black Panel, you wouldn’t know some of the biggest names in media have graced its stage. Who’s been chosen for this 20th-anniversary celebration? Non-ya. Don’t get that? Here’s a clue: Non-ya is a response, not a rapper.

Friday July 21, 2017 10:00am – 11:30am 
Room 5AB

Cartoon Creatives: Woman Power in Animation

Panelists examine the history and trajectory of women working inside feature and TV animation to bring to light some great hidden figures in our past. These inspiring women have shown invention and creativity and are expanding the industry. Scheduled to appear are Marge Dean (co-president, WIA; supervising producer, SuperMansion), Mindy Johnson (film historian; author, Ink & Paint: The Women of Disney Animation), Victoria Ying (visual development, Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen, Moana), Shadi Petosky (writer/producer, Danger & Eggs; founder, Puny Studios), Julia Vickerman (writer, The Powerpuff Girls; director, RAD Lands, Twelve Forever), and Elaine Bogan (director, Trollhunters, Dragons: Race to the Edge). Moderated by Leslie Combemale (

Friday July 21, 2017 10:00am – 11:00am 
Room 23ABC

Comics Arts Conference #5: Lassoing the Truth: Marston versus Wertham in the Wonder Woman War

Psychologist William Moulton Marston created the world’s most famous female superhero. Using outdated examples and falsified evidence, psychiatrist Fredric Wertham attacked both Wonder Woman and the deceased Marston in his book Seduction of the Innocent. Doctors Travis Langley and Mara Wood (Wonder Woman Psychology: Lassoing the Truth) call together a panel of experts to examine how one crusader’s fight with a ghost affected both comics and comics studies: Phil Jimenez(Wonder Woman), Trina Robbins (The Legend of Wonder Woman), Danny Fingeroth(Superman on the Couch), Alan Kistler (comics historian), and Mike Madrid (The Supergirls), with special guest Christie Marston (Wonder Woman Network and Family Museum). Be a sensation, not sensationalistic!

Friday July 21, 2017 10:30am – 11:30am 
Room 26AB

Cartoon Network: Steven Universe

Hang out with Rebecca Sugar, Steven, and the Gems and be the first to hear the latest updates from Beach City. That’s right, CN is bringing your favorite Steven Universe characters back to the ballroom! They’ve got never-before-seen footage, exciting announcements, and answers to all your burning questions! Okay . . . maybe not all of them. Join Rebecca Sugar (creator), Deedee Magno-Hall (voice of Pearl), Michaela Dietz (voice of Amethyst), Estelle (voice of Garnet), and A. J. Michalka (voice of Stevonnie) with half-Gem/half-human Steven Universe Zach Callison serving as half-guest/half-moderator.

Friday July 21, 2017 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Diversity in Comics

Brian Buccellato (Detective Comics, The Flash), Elena Salcedo (editor-in-chief, Top Cow Productions), Joe Illidge (senior editorial manager, Lion Forge), Ani-Mia (international cosplayer), Blake Northcott (Michael Turner’s Fathom), Hannibal Tabu (CBR’s The Buy Pile), Marcus To (Joyride, Red Robin), and Khary Randolph (Mosaic, The Amazing Spider-Man) discuss the shifting landscape of diversity in modern comics. Moderated by Vince Hernandez (VP/editor-in-chief, Aspen Comics).

Friday July 21, 2017 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Room 9

AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead

Kim Dickens, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Mercedes Mason, Colman Domingo, Dayton Callie, Sam Underwood, Daniel Sharman, and Michael Greyeyes join executive producer and showrunner Dave Erickson, executive producer Robert Kirkman, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, executive producer Dave Alpert, and special effects makeup supervisor and executive producer Greg Nicotero in a panel moderated by Chris Hardwick (The Nerdist, Talking Dead). They will talk about where the series left off in the midseason finale and what to look forward to when it picks up in September.

Friday July 21, 2017 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Hall H

DC Universe Rebirth

DC Universe Rebirth has taken the industry by storm. The universe has been restored with hope and optimism, engaging storylines, and dynamic characters. Come discover more about your favorite DC superheroes, plus hear from the talented teams bringing these stories to life!

Friday July 21, 2017 11:15am – 12:15pm 
Room 6DE

What Rebellions Are Built On: Popular Culture, Radical Hope, and Political Engagement

As America faces the drawing up of Death Star plans (or border walls, refugee bans, and faith-based registries), culture and politics have never felt so . . . pop culturian. But stories have always been political and fandom has, too. Today, themes of hope and resistance in stories such as Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Wonder Woman are serving not just as moral guides but as inspiration for plans of political action. Hear from geeks making activism their superpower as they wield nerd enthusiasms like the Force, hacking popular culture for social justice, civic activism, and participatory politics, including through anti-bullying initiatives, advocacy, and charity. Moderator Jennifer K. Stuller (GeekGirlCon, Ink-Stained Amazon) will talk with Robyn Jordan(Black Girls Create), Suzanne Scott (UT Austin), Josh Siegel (Geeks Out), Fox Smith(Super Heroines, Etc.), Amber Garza (Sequential Rights, Geeks Out), and Maddy VonHoff (ONE Campaign, GeekGirlCon) about how memes, cosplay, and performance challenge stereotypes and raise consciousness around identity politics, rebellions being built on favorite fandoms (and, of course, hope).

Friday July 21, 2017 12:00pm – 1:00pm 
Room 25ABC

AMC’s The Walking Dead

Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Lennie James, Chandler Riggs, Seth Gilliam, Alanna Masterson, and Khary Payton join executive producer and showrunner Scott M. Gimple, executive producer Robert Kirkman, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, executive producer Dave Alpert, and special effects makeup supervisor and executive producer Greg Nicotero in a panel moderated by Chris Hardwick (The Nerdist, Talking Dead). The panelists will discuss the past season and filming the 100th episode and will share some hints of what’s to come with a sneak peek into season 8, debuting in October on AMC.

Friday July 21, 2017 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

Hall H

Spotlight on Marguerite Bennett

Do you like sassy broads in good dresses mouthing off about storytelling? If your answer is, “What a weird panel description,” then come see Ryan North interview Marguerite Bennett (DC Comics: Bombshells, Batwoman, Josie and the Pussycats, A-Force, Animosity) on comics, craft, work ethic, process, representation, feminist wrath, queer culture, comedy, kissing, storytelling, and more!

Friday July 21, 2017 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Room 28DE

The Animated Life: A Peek Behind the Cels

From the sacred Saturday morning rituals of yesteryear to today’s storytelling masterpieces, cartoons and animation bring the imagination to life. The animation industry is full of vibrant professionals working together across creative disciplines to tell exciting stories that readers will cherish for years. Animation Invasion podcast host Adron Buske talks with a of group of animation pros about their jobs, the collaborative process, and the joys and challenges of the animation industry. Featuring guest speakers including digital artist from DreamWorks Mike Collins (The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show, Adventure Time), illustrator and character designer Andrea Fernandez (co-founder, Alkemy Studios), animator and storyboard artist Marie Lum (Cartoon Network, Craig of the Creek), Shadi Petosky (showrunner, Danger & Eggs), and writer Rachel Vine (Rainbow Brite, DuckTales).

Friday July 21, 2017 1:00pm – 2:00pm 
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

Game of Thrones Panel and Q&A Session

Based on the bestselling fantasy book series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, HBO’s Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning series Game of Thrones began its seventh season on July 16. The series, executive produced and written by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, is an epic story of treachery and nobility set on the continent of Westeros, where summers and winters can last years. Cast panelists include (in alphabetical order) Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy, Jacob Anderson as Grey Worm, John Bradley as Samwell Tarly, Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth, Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth, Nathalie Emmanuel as Missandei, Conleth Hill as Varys, Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark, and Isaac Hempstead Wright as Bran Stark. The panel will be moderated by a special Westerosian guest.

Friday July 21, 2017 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Hall H

The Female Voices of Film Twitter

Coming off of a TEDx Talk where she discussed the future of women in film, Fandango correspondent Alicia Malone is taking to the Horton Grand stage to celebrate the launch of her new book, Backwards and in Heels. Joining Malone will be some of today’s best and brightest female film journalists to provide advice for both aspiring journalists and filmmakers seeking to break into this industry. They will also discuss how to empower more women to tell their stories and the importance of the female voice in film coverage and social media. Panelists include Jacqueline Coley (Black Girl Nerds), Angie Han (Mashable), Aisha Harris (Slate), Rachel Heine (Nerdist), Amy Nicholson (MTV, The Canon Podcast), Melissa Silverstein (Women and Hollywood), and Jen Yamato (LA Times).

Friday July 21, 2017 1:30pm – 2:30pm 
Horton Grand Theatre

DC’S Dark Nights: METAL and Dark Matter

The team behind Dark Nights: Metal, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, are here to talk about DC’s hottest event! They are joined by Dark Matter contributors Steve Orlando, Philip Tan, James Tynion IV, Robert Venditti, and others in this revealing session.

Friday July 21, 2017 1:45pm – 2:45pm 
Room 6DE

Bisexuality and Beyond: Deadpool Made Us Do It (Again and Again and…)

Definitions of gender and sexuality are becoming more and more open in popular media as comics, film, and television creators are telling stories with bisexual characters and affirming role models who are not limited to one definition. Join Prism Comics with moderator Faith Cheltenham (BiNet USA) for a spirited discussion of the present and future of sexuality in media with the real-life bisexual creators who draw, write, and perform these roles: Tara Madison Avery (Gooch, Anything That Loves), R. J. Aguiar (YouTube’s TheNotAdam,, Lynnette McFadzen (BiNet USA), and Eliot Sutler, Esq. (BiWoCC). Last year, called this panel “One Of The Most Amazing Moments Of Affirmation At San Diego Comic-Con.”

Friday July 21, 2017 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Room 28DE

Nonfiction and Memoir in Graphic Novels

Combining text and image can make difficult or abstract subject matter more appealing, winning over even the most reluctant reader. Learn how nonfiction graphic novels and graphic memoirs can be used to supplement lessons in STEM and history and bring awareness to underheard and marginalized perspectives in the classroom. Panelists include Mairghread Scott (Science Comics: Robots), Thi Bui (The Best We Could Do), Nathan Hale (One Trick Pony), Tillie Walden (Spinning), and Alison Wilgus(Science Comics: Flying Machines). Moderated by Heidi MacDonald (Publishers Weekly,

Friday July 21, 2017 2:00pm – 3:00pm 
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

Comics Arts Conference #8: Voices and Visions of Native American Superheroes

Native American heroes’ comic book adventures often explore identity and culture. Kerry Fine (Arizona State University) shows how Arigon Starr’s reservation hero Hubert Logan, a.k.a. Super Indian, fills a representational gap for the non-native audience while taking up distinctly Native issues in the ongoing fight against injustice. Rebecca Lush (California State University San Marcos) makes the case that Jeffery Veregge’s art in Marvel’s recent Red Wolf provides a Native inter-text that contrasts with naturalistic narrative panels for commentary on the storyline and characters. Sara Spurgeon (Texas Tech University) argues that Maya Lopez’s vision quest in David Mack’s Daredevil: Echo Vision Quest is twofold: both a spiritual journey she takes as a Native American guided by the shaman she meets on the reservation and a quest for a visual form of language with which she can communicate as a deaf person in a hearing world, while still maintaining her identity as a Native American in a white world.

Friday July 21, 2017 2:00pm – 3:30pm 
Room 26AB

Comics as a Force for Social Change

Panelists discuss the importance of comics in today’s turbulent political landscape and how comics authors and illustrators can foster social change both by creating work that gives underrepresented communities a voice and bring new diverse talent into the spotlight as well as by using their influence to shake up the culture and norms of the literary world. Thi Bui (The Best We Could Do), John Jennings and Damian Duffy (Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation), Rachel Ignotofsky (Women in Science), Kate Schatz (Rad Women Worldwide), and Miriam Klein Stahl (Rad Women Worldwide) share their ideals with Dr. Travis Langley (Wonder Woman Psychology: Lassoing the Truth).

Friday July 21, 2017 3:00pm – 4:00pm 
Room 29AB

AMC’s Preacher

Executive producer Seth Rogen joins comic book co-creator and series executive producer Garth Ennis and members of the cast, including Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga, Joseph Gilgun, Ian Colletti, and Graham McTavish for a mid-season 2 panel discussion about the story so far and what’s to come. Join the panelists for a Q&A session and an official sneak preview of episode 206, which airs on Sunday, July 24.

Friday July 21, 2017 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Hall H

Archer Discussion and Q&A

Archer is FXX’s Emmy Award-winning animated half-hour comedy, known (and praised!) for rebooting itself year after year. Season 8 revolved around the hardboiled private eye Sterling Archer and his quest to find his partner’s killer in 1947 Los Angeles. With that case now closed, what could Archer’s next adventure possibly be? A very special secret guest, plus the voice cast of H. Jon Benjamin, Aisha Tyler, Jessica Walter, Chris Parnell, Judy Greer, Amber Nash, and Lucky Yates, executive producer Matt Thompson and co-executive producer Casey Willis discuss bringing this animated series to life.

Friday July 21, 2017 5:15 pm – 6:05 pm

Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Marvel’s The Defenders

Daredevil. Jessica Jones. Luke Cage. Iron Fist. Four iconic superheroes. One stage. Nuff said! Jeph Loeb and surprise guests of the highly anticipated Netflix original series Marvel’s The Defenders band together for a panel you do not want to miss! Be the first to get an exclusive look into the superhero team-up that everyone is talking about before its August 18 global launch on Netflix.

Friday July 21, 2017 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm

Hall H

Life is Strange: Before the Storm Developer Showcase

Host Andrea Rene of What’s Good Games will be joined by the key creative minds behind the latest addition in the award-winning and critically acclaimed Life Is Strange series and will reveal new information and insights about their game. The audience will enjoy an interactive experience as the developers will be playing the game live for the first time, you will get a chance to help steer the action and make key choices and ask them questions in an open Q&A.

Friday July 21, 2017 6:30pm – 7:30pm 
Room 24ABC

Queer Fear

The LGBTQ community has had a long history with the horror genre, from James Whale’s Frankenstein to the oft-cited “gayest movie of all time,” A Nightmare on Elm Street 2. Does a gay horror genre exist, and if so, what makes it different from mainstream horror? Furthermore, how does the current political climate alter the lens through which viewers celebrate and connect to the macabre? Join Prism Comics and moderator/screenwriter Michael Varrati (Tales of Poe, Darkest Night) and an array of panelists, including Christopher Rice (A Density of Souls, Ramses the Damned), Jaclyn Chessen (Shock Attack), George Aaron Climer (Bear Creek), Gary Entin and Edmund Entin (Seconds Apart, the Rest Stop series), Maria Olsen (Paranormal Activity 3, Starry Eyes), and Ira Madison III (pop culture writer, The Daily Beast).

Friday July 21, 2017 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Room 28DE

Writing the Wrong

Hollywood experts will reveal their “what not to do” lists for writers and those interested in an entertainment career. Panelists include, Silvia Olivas (co-executive producer, Elena of Avalor), Deric A. Hughes (co-executive producer, MTV’s Scream,The Flash), Carole Kirschner (director of WGA Showrunner Training Program), Rob Greenlea (director, The Flash, Supergirl), Kristi Shuton (manager, Disney ABC creative talent development and inclusion), and others. Exclusive “don’t” lists for network writing fellowship/program applicants will also be shared as well as advice on how you can advance diversity and social change with your scripts. Moderated by Ken Choy (Wide Lantern).

Friday July 21, 2017 8:00pm – 9:00pm 
Room 32AB

Saturday, July 22

Comics are for Everyone… Aren’t They?

Delving into the experience of being a disabled person in comics and the intersections of disability, race, and gender, this panel will explore the industry’s problems with inclusivity from inaccessible conventions to representation of people of color and disabled characters in comics. With John Jennings (Kindred, Black Comix), Adam Karenina Sherif (Library of Congress, Orbital Comics), Jazmine Joyner(Visionary Comics), Rachelle Cruz (UC Riverside, Experiencing Comics), Johnny Parker II (Neat-O Comics, Broken), and moderated by Rosie Knight (Nerdist, Women Write About Comics). This panel will discuss how creators, critics, retailers, and fans can create a more accessible space within comics, conventions, and fandom.

Saturday July 22, 2017 10:00am – 11:00am 
Room 4

Spotlight on Roxane Gay

New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay (Black Panther: World of Wakanda, Bad Feminist, Difficult Women, Hunger) comes to Comic-Con as a special guest! Roxane will discuss her skyrocketing career and literary stardom and will field some questions from the audience during a Q&A session.

Saturday July 22, 2017 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Room 5AB

Riverdale Special Video Presentation and Q&A

Following the shocking first season finale, join Archie and the gang as they dive into the secrets that continue to loom over what once looked like a quiet, sleepy town. The circumstances surrounding Fred’s shooting kick off the mystery of season 2. Based on the characters from Archie Comics and produced by Berlanti Productions (The Flash, Supergirl, Blindspot, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow) in association with Warner Bros. Television, this one-hour drama is a bold, subversive take on the surreality of small-town life. See a special video presentation followed by a Q&A with series stars and producers. Riverdale ‘s season 2 premiere airs Wednesday, October 11, at 9/8c on The CW, Riverdale: The Complete First Season is available now on digital and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on August 15.

Saturday July 22, 2017 11:00 am – 11:45 am

Ballroom 20

The Originals Special Video Presentation and Q&A

The Originals returns for a fifth season with more supernatural intrigue, romance, and bloodshed in The Big Easy. Join executive producer Julie Plec and series stars for a special video presentation followed by a Q&A. From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with My So-Called Company, Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television, and CBS Television Studios, The Originals will air midseason on The CW. The Originals: The Complete Fourth Season is available now on digital and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on August 29.

Saturday July 22, 2017 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Real Life on the Page

Does real life get any less real when it’s on the page? How does this representative art form work to accurately (or not-so-accurately) convey history? Five prestigious nonfiction comics creators tackling different ends of the nonfiction comics spectrum-biographies, science, history, journalism-come together to discuss truth and comics. With Landis Blair (The Hunting Accident), Box Brown (Tetris), MK Reed (Science Comics: Dinosaurs), Tillie Walden (Spinning), and Alison Wilgus (Science Comics: Flying Machines); moderated by Petra Mayer (NPR).

Saturday July 22, 2017 12:00pm – 1:00pm 
Room 29AB

DC’s Harley Quinn

Twenty-five years ago, Dr. Harleen Quinzel made her first appearance in Batman: The Animated Series, and what a debut it was! An instant fan favorite-and her popularity has been meteoric ever since! Come celebrate her first appearance anniversary with some of the key contributors to this modern icon.

Saturday July 22, 2017 12:30pm – 1:30pm 
Room 6DE

Archie Comics Forever: Riverdale and Beyond

Celebrate the new era of Archie Comics with news and announcements about your favorite Archie titles and The CW’s hit Riverdale TV show. Featuring Jon Goldwater,Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Mike Pellerito, Alex Segura, Dan Parent, Jesse Goldwater,Mark Waid, and others.

Saturday July 22, 2017 1:00pm – 2:00pm 
Room 4

Women Rocking Hollywood: Female Directors Changing the Faces of Film and Television

Wonder Woman broke all records in Hollywood for a film helmed by a female director. Now what? While there’s still a long way to go before women, who make up 51% of the population, are represented proportionately behind the camera, shows like Jessica Jones, Queen Sugar, and The Leftovers are making a huge difference by committing to the inclusion of female directors. This panel focuses on the incredibly talented, successful women who are expanding opportunities for women in film, who have made noise and are winning awards with their work on both the big and small screens. Scheduled to appear: Kirsten Schaffer (executive director, Women in Film LA), Tina Mabry (writer/producer/director, Queen Sugar, Queen of the South; director, Dear White People), Rosemary Rodriguez (writer/director, Silver Skies; director, Jessica Jones, The Walking Dead), Victoria Mahoney (director, Queen Sugar, Gypsy, American Crime), Aurora Guerrero (writer/director, Mosquita y Mari; director, Queen Sugar), Angela Robinson (writer/director, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, True Blood), and Gina Prince-Bythewiid (writer/director, Love & Basketball, Beyond the Lights), the first woman of color hired to helm a superhero film for the upcoming Silver & Black. Moderated by Leslie Combemale (Cinema Siren).

Saturday July 22, 2017 1:00pm – 2:00pm 
Room 23ABC

Official Sailor Moon Panel

Everyone’s favorite Guardian of Love and Justice is back and better than ever! Join your friends from VIZ Media for all the news and updates on the legendary anime series, with some special guest appearances!

Saturday July 22, 2017 1:30pm – 2:30pm 
Room 5AB

Lucifer Special Video Presentation and Q&A

The climactic events of the Lucifer season finale left us wondering where in the world is Lucifer and how did he get his wings back? Join the series stars and executive producers Joe Henderson (White Collar) and Ildy Modrovich (CSI: Miami) for a special video presentation and Q&A where they’ll discuss the sizzling second season and what’s in store for Lucifer in season 3. From Jerry Bruckheimer Television in association with Warner Bros. Television and based upon characters created by Neal Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg for Vertigo from DC Entertainment, Lucifer returns for its third season this fall, airing Mondays 8/7c on FOX. Lucifer: The Complete Second Season is available now on digital and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on August 22.

Saturday July 22, 2017 1:50 pm – 2:50 pm

Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

SuperheroIRL: End Bullying!

Captain America knocked out Hitler-and this is SuperheroIRL, knocking out bullying, racism, misogyny, LGBTQIA-bullying, cyberbullying, and other forms of hate. Join in for this intersection of pop culture and social justice with Pop Culture Hero Coalition. “From now on, Comic-Con convention goers will come for cosplay, entertainment, freebies, autographs-and healing,” as reported by CNN.

Saturday July 22, 2017 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Room 28DE

Star Trek: Discovery

Over 50 years ago, the world was first introduced to what would quickly become a cultural phenomenon. It was a television series that inspired developments in science and technology, broke social barriers, and transported viewers around the globe to new adventures and uncharted frontiers. This fall, Star Trek: Discovery follows the voyages of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new life forms while learning that to truly understand all things alien, you must first understand yourself. The series will feature a new ship and new characters while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers. Join members of the cast alongside the creative minds behind the new series for a conversation and introduction to Star Trek: Discovery. The newest edition of the Star Trek franchise will premiere in the U.S. on CBS All Access this fall, following a broadcast premiere on the CBS Television Network.

Saturday July 22, 2017 2:30 pm – 3:15 pm

Ballroom 20

IDW Entertainment and Syfy: Wynonna Earp

Cast and creators of the breakout SYFY series Wynonna Earp Melanie Scrofano, Tim Rozon, Shamier Anderson, Domonique Provost-Chalkley, Katherine Barrell, Varun Saranga, and Tamara Duarte along with showrunner Emily Andras and comic creator Beau Smith reveal behind-the-scenes antics, show off exclusive footage, and answer your biggest questions about season 2!

Saturday July 22, 2017 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Room 5AB

Developing Comics for Social Impact and Change

Many think that there is a need to develop an organized community focused on creating innovative and high-quality comics to tackle complex and challenging social issues. This panel will discuss this idea and how it can spur new opportunities, as well as the impact similar efforts have made in the video game industry. Josh Elder(executive director, Reading with Pictures), Gina Gagliano (marketing and publicity manager, First Second Books), Illya Kowalchuck (director of education, Pop Culture Classroom), and Geoff Gerber (president, Lion Forge Comics). Moderated by Russell Shilling (Digital Promise, former DARPA PM).

Saturday July 22, 2017 3:00pm – 4:00pm 
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

Supergirl Special Video Presentation and Q&A

Ridding National City of Queen Rhea and her Daxamite army was a major win for Supergirl but one that came at a significant cost, as Kara was forced to sacrifice her budding relationship with Mon-El. When the show returns with all-new supercharged adventures this fall on The CW, Kara and team will come up against a new threat in the form of DC Comics’s Worldkiller, Reign. Want to know more about Reign and what she has in store for the Girl of Steel? Join the series’ cast and creative team for a special video presentation followed by a discussion of the new season. From Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, Supergirl’ s third season will debut Monday, October 9 at 8/7c on The CW. Supergirl: The Complete Second Season is available now on digital and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on August 22.

Saturday July 22, 2017 3:30pm – 4:10pm 
Ballroom 20

Keeping It Real

Graphic novels featuring realistic stories about kids are burning up the bestseller lists and winning awards. Some of the hottest creators working in the genre discuss why their work is connecting with readers both young and old. Panelists include Jennifer Holm (Swing It, Sunny), Shannon Hale (Real Friends), Nidhi Chanani (Pashmina), Tillie Walden (Spinning), and moderator Meryl Jaffe (Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth).

Saturday July 22, 2017 3:30pm – 4:30pm 
Room 8

The Magicians

Don’t miss your chance to get an inside look at SYFY’s breakout series. The stakes have never been higher after a powerful season 2 finale left the world without magic. Join the series stars Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Hale Appleman, Arjun Gupta, Summer Bishil, and exeutive producers Sera Gamble and John McNamara as they look back on last season and provide a glimpse into what’s in store for Quentin and his friends. Moderated by Chris Hardwick.

Saturday July 22, 2017 4:00pm – 4:50pm 
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Midnight, Texas Series Premiere

Universal Television presents NBC’s new supernatural thriller Midnight, Texas ! Welcome to a place where being normal is strange and only outsiders fit in. Based on the bestselling book series by Charlaine Harris (author of the novels that inspired True Blood), comes a journey into a remote Texas town where nothing is what it seems. Home to a vampire, a witch, an angel and a hitwoman, Midnight is a mysterious safe haven for those who are different-a perfect place for anyone looking to hide from the outside world. That is, until the arrival of a powerful psychic and the murder of one of their own. As the town members fight off outside pressures from ever-suspicious cops, deadly biker gangs, and their own dangerous pasts, they band together and form an unlikely but strong family. Join your fellow “Midnighters” for a special screening of the premiere episode along with an exclusive sneak peek and a Q&A session with the cast and producers: François Arnaud (The Borgias), Dylan Bruce (Orphan Black), Parisa Fitz-Henley (Luke Cage), Arielle Kebbel (The Vampire Diaries), Jason Lewis (Sex and the City), Peter Mensah (True Blood), Sarah Ramos (Parenthood), Yul Vazquez, (Bloodline), executive producers Monica Owusu-Breen (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and David Janollari (Six Feet Under), and author Charlaine Harris.

Saturday July 22, 2017 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm

Room 6BCF

New Stories in Old Universes

Some fan-favorite characters and comic universes have been around for generations. As a creator, how does one continue to make exciting and new stories in worlds that comic readers are so familiar with? Moderator Mark Waid (Archie) aims to find out with Comic-Con special guests Marguerite Bennett (DC Bombshells), Tom King(Vision), Gail Simone (Batgirl), and Erica Henderson (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl).

Saturday July 22, 2017 4:00pm – 5:00pm 
Room 23ABC

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Special Video Presentation and Q&A

After crash landing the Waverider in a version of 2017 Los Angeles where dinosaurs roam the streets and the skyline is adorned by the iconic Big Ben clock tower, the Legends were quick to realize, “We broke time.” Last year, the loveable band of misfit heroes traveled throughout the timeline, fixing a series of aberrations. This year, they’ll be turning the crazy up to 11, as a wave of anachronisms turn history on its head, leaving the Legends responsible for piecing it back together. What is an anachronism you ask? For the answer to that, and many other questions, join the cast and creative team behind The CW’s hit superhero team-up series. From Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’ s season premiere airs Tuesday, October 10, at 9/8c on The CW. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Second Season is available now on digital and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on August 15.

Saturday July 22, 2017 4:10 pm – 4:50 pm

Ballroom 20

Black Lightning Special Video Presentation and Q&A

Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) is a man wrestling with a secret. As the father of two daughters and principal of a charter high school that also serves as a safe haven for young people in a New Orleans neighborhood overrun by gang violence, he is a hero to his community. Nine years ago, Pierce was a hero of a different sort. Gifted with the superhuman power to harness and control electricity, he used those powers to keep his hometown streets safe as the masked vigilante Black Lightning. However, after too many nights with his life on the line and seeing the effects of the damage and loss that his alter ego was inflicting on his family, he left his superhero days behind and settled into being a principal and a dad. Choosing to help his city without using his superpowers, he watched his daughters Anissa (Nafessa Williams) and Jennifer (China Anne McClain) grow into strong young women, even though his marriage to their mother, Lynn (Christine Adams), suffered. Almost a decade later, Pierce’s crime-fighting days are long behind him-or so he thought. But with crime and corruption spreading like wildfire and those he cares about in the crosshairs of the menacing local gang The One Hundred, Black Lightning returns-to save not only his family but also the soul of his community. Based on the characters from DC, Black Lightning is from Berlanti Productions and Akil Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television with executive producers Greg Berlanti (Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Supergirl), Salim Akil and Mara Brock Akil (Being Mary Jane, The Game, Jumping the Broom, Girlfriends), and Sarah Schechter (Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Supergirl). Black Lightning premieres midseason on The CW.

Saturday July 22, 2017 4:50pm – 5:10pm 
Ballroom 20

TV Guide Magazine’s Fan Favorites

The official magazine of TV returns to San Diego for its annual all-star panel. Moderated by senior writer Damian Holbrook, stars from TV’s hottest shows offer a lively discussion filled with behind-the-scenes scoop. Panelists include cast members from American Gods, The Magicians, Shadowhunters, iZombie, and more!

Saturday July 22, 2017 5:30pm – 6:15pm 
Room 6BCF

It Takes All Kinds to Make The Comics: A Dark Horse Celebration of Diversity

For years, comics creators from a variety of backgrounds have been doing incredible work furthering the medium of sequential art. With award-winning storytelling and phenomenal artistic expression, people from a variety of backgrounds have truly started a movement of more accurate and diverse representation in the comic business. Join Gabriel Bá (Two Brothers), Fábio Moon (Two Brothers), Jose Pimienta(Soupy Leaves Home), Irene Koh (The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars), and Erika Alexander(Concrete Park) for a fascinating conversation on embracing people and cultures from around the world and what changes they think still need to be made in the comics industry.

Saturday July 22, 2017 5:30pm – 6:30pm 
Room 8

Discover Why YA is the Future of Comics

One of the hottest genres in pop culture, YA books, movies, and comics aimed at middle-grade and young-adult audiences are creating legions of devoted fans all over the world. Join some of the most popular new voices in comics as they discuss the importance of YA, how to bring new readers to comic books, and the bright, diverse future of entertainment. Featuring Nidhi Chanani (Pashmina), Sarah Kuhn (Clueless), Tillie Walden (Spinning), Shannon Watters (Lumberjanes), Scott Westerfeld (Spill Zone), and Kiwi Smith and Kurt Lustgarten (Misfit City). Moderated by Brigid Alverson (Good Comics for Kids blog at School Library Journal, contributor to CBR, Publishers Weekly, ICv2, and Smash Pages).

Saturday July 22, 2017 5:30pm – 6:30pm 
Room 7AB

Gays in Comics, Out in Comics: A 30th Year Celebration

The comic world’s longest-running panel celebrates its 30th year with an all-star panel and celebration that will spotlight creators, comics, and fans from 1988 to the present. What a difference 30 years makes! “Diversity” has become a rallying cry in the comics world today. Almost every comic company is looking toward LGBTQ or LGBTQ-friendly creators for work that reflects the world around us today-gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender characters as well as people of color, other cultures, and more. This year, founding moderator and bestselling author Andy Mangels (Wonder Woman ’77 Meets the Bionic Woman, Star Trek books) returns to chair the panel and welcomes Tara Madison Avery (Anything That Loves, Gooch, Alphabet), Roxane Gay (Black Panther: World of Wakanda, Bad Feminist, SDCC special guest), Sina Grace (Iceman, Self-Obsessed, Burn the Orphanage), Phil Jimenez (Superwoman, Wonder Woman, Infinite Crisis), Steve Orlando (Midnighter and Apollo, Supergirl, Justice League of America), and Molly Ostertag (Shattered Warrior, Strong Female Protagonist, The Witch Boy). Showcased throughout will be special video messages from an array of Hollywood and comic book celebrities sending special 30th anniversary messages to their LGBTQ fans and allies, plus a Prism Comics Fan Mixer including cool swag giveaways and a silent auction of incredible comics items!

Saturday July 22, 2017 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Room 29AB

Legendary’s Cursed Panel with John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman, and Erika Lewis

Legendary Comics hosts John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman, and Erika Lewis talk all things Cursed, their new comic series-the Scottish history, their favorite characters, their not-so-favorite characters, and more.

Saturday July 22, 2017 6:30pm – 7:30pm 
Room 7AB

Broad City

Created by UCB alums Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, Broad City is an odd-couple comedy about two best friends navigating their twenties in New York City. They’re broke, flawed, and don’t shy away from the sticky situations NYC throws at them-they dive right into the muck. Last season saw Abbi and Ilana dealing with a whole new slew of everyday challenges including a trip to the DMV, new hookups, visiting Abbi’s dad, and a rat in the apartment. Now it’s time for these NYC broads to head to San Diego! Co-creators, writers, and stars Abbi and Ilana will give audiences a sneak peek of the new season returning this August. The Broad City girls take you inside the writers’ room for a vibrant discussion of what goes on behind the scenes. Broad City returns for season 4 this August on Comedy Central. YAAAS!

Saturday July 22, 2017 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Sunday, July 23

Friendship to the Max with Lumberjanes!

Calling all Lumberjanes fans! With the comics series entering its fourth year, plus a new series of novels from Amulet Books debuting this fall, there’s plenty to talk about around the campfire! Lumberjanes co-creator and co-writer Shannon Watters,Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power! author Mariko Tamaki, and Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power!artist and Lumberjanes co-creator/original artist Brooke Allen discuss the title’s legacy thus far, what’s in store for Mal, Molly, April, Jo, and Ripley in the comics and the novels, and the importance of hardcore lady types! Moderated by Brigid Alverson (Good Comics for Kids blog at School Library Journal, contributor to CBR, Publishers Weekly, ICv2, and Smash Pages).

Sunday July 23, 2017 10:00am – 11:00am 
Room 25ABC

Steven Universe: Art & Origins

Join Steven Universe creator Rebecca Sugar for her first San Diego Comic-Con intimate conversation as she discusses the making of the official behind-the-scenes art book, Steven Universe: Art & Origins, for the Emmy Award-nominated TV series. Accompanied by Ian Jones-Quartey and the book’s author, Chris McDonnell, she will lead a conversation covering a wide range of topics, including influences; the process in developing the characters, design, and music for Steven Universe ; and art from the new book, plus a fan Q&A.

Sunday July 23, 2017 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Room 29AB

Fantasy, Diversity, and Inspiring One Another

Leigh Bardugo (Six of Crows, Crooked Kingdom, and Wonder Woman: Warbringer), Michael Dante DiMartino (Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Legend of Korra, and Rebel Genius), and Tomi Adeyemi (Children of Blood and Bone) talk about fantasy across all mediums, diversity in literature and on the screen, and their inspirations for their works. All three creators will discuss their upcoming projects: The Language of Thornsby Leigh Bardugo, Warrior Genius and The Legend of Korra comics by Michael DiMartino, and Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone (both the trilogy and the forthcoming movie adaptation, which has been optioned by Fox 2000). Moderated by Kurt Mattila, film director and editor of such films as Tron: The Next Day and Lies & Alibis. Kurt’s love for filmmaking is rivaled only by his passion for comic books, which he channels through his superhero podcast, The Big Pull.

Sunday July 23, 2017 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Room 32AB

Marvel: ResurrXion

The ResurrXion is upon us! The X-Men have been catapulted back to the forefront of the Marvel universe, and there’s still more to come! join editor-in-chief Axel Alonso,executive editor Nick Lowe, and writers Sina Grace (Iceman), Marc Guggenheim (X-Men Gold), and Christina Strain (Generation X) for an X-citing discussion about the past, present, and future of all things X-Men!

Sunday July 23, 2017 11:15am – 12:15pm 
Room 5AB

A Conversation About Inclusivity and Diversity in Comics and the Comics Market

Hear a diverse mix of creators and booksellers discuss diverse characters in comics, finding and audience for them, and the impact that the push for inclusiveness has had on the comics both creatively and financially.

Sunday July 23, 2017 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Room 8

TNT’s The Last Ship with Eric Dane: Panel and Exclusive Sneak Peek of Season Four

The Last Ship is back for a thrilling fourth season, and it’s time to reenlist! Over the course of the first three seasons, the Navy destroyer U.S.S. Nathan James has been the central vehicle for the discovery and distribution of the cure to the Red Flu, resulting in near global recovery. After the chilling events at the end of last season, Tom Chandler (Eric Dane) has given up his heroic titles and responsibilities and sought solace-and anonymity-with his family in a small fishing village in Greece. Meanwhile, Captain Slattery (Adam Baldwin) and the crew of the Nathan James have discovered that the virus has “jumped kingdoms” and now infects the world’s food crops, bringing humanity to the brink of global famine. As the ship traverses the Mediterranean in search of a solution that can save the world’s food supply, Chandler encounters his own enemies in Greece. His “hero’s journey” becomes a modern-day retelling of Homer’s Odyssey. Join Eric Dane, Adam Baldwin, Bridget Regan, and showrunner Steven Kane for an exclusive sneak preview of what’s yet to come this season.

Sunday July 23, 2017 11:45am – 12:45pm 
Hall H

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Two Decades with Feeling A 20th Anniversary Celebration

The authors of the upcoming oral history Slayers & Vampires from Tor Books about Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman (co-authors of The Fifty-Year Mission) reopen the Hellmouth and look back at the secret history of the slayer who saved the world a lot, in honor of the show’s 20th anniversary. They will also look at what the future might hold for slayage in the 21st century and revisit the underappreciated genius of Angel and the Buffys that never were, featuring some surprise guests.

Sunday July 23, 2017 12:00pm – 1:00pm 
Room 7AB

DIY Reboot: The Restorative Power of Fanfic

In a discussion moderated by Jen Stout (fanfic editor, beta reader), panelists Kaylie Allen (multifandom writer), Shannon Conover (fandom blogger), and Phoenix Mendoza (fan artist, writer) explore fanfic’s roots in zine and queer culture, variations across decades and fandoms, sexism concerning how fan works are perceived by the general public, and fanfic’s healing, restorative qualities for readers, writers, and fans.

Sunday July 23, 2017 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

Chicano Comics

In Mexico and other Latin American countries, reading comic books and comic strips has long been an accepted form of entertainment and even a potential mode of cultural and political learning and transgression. As a storytelling medium, the comic is especially attractive to Latinos and Latinas. Comic books cost little to make. They offer the possibility of a grassroots-style distribution on the Internet and by word of mouth. Most American comics fans are unfamiliar with Latino comics south of the border or indeed the magical realist world presented in mural, painting, and even graffiti form. This is the third continuous year Comic-Con has welcomed Latino artists, cartoonists, and exhibitors to talk about graphic narratives in the Chicano culture. This panel is honored to have the presence of Juan Felipe Herrera, the recent poet laureate of both California and the entire U.S., as well as renowned Peruvian muralist Mario Torero, former Logan resident Lalo “La Cucaracha” Alcaraz,Mexican graphic novelist Charles Glaubitz (whose latest graphic novel, Star Seeds, is the subject of an exhibition by the Bread and Salt Gallery in Logan), and the San Diego Free Press cartoonist Joaquin Junco Jr. (Junco Canché). David Favela is the owner of Border X at the center of the Logan community, which provides music nearly every night and a gallery featuring local artists.

Sunday July 23, 2017 1:00pm – 2:00pm 
Room 25ABC

Danger & Eggs

Danger & Eggs, a new Amazon Original for kids, follows the endless adventures of a fearless, teal-haired girl named D.D. Danger (Aidy Bryant) and her ever-cautious best friend, a giant talking egg named Phillip (Eric Knobel). D.D. is always chasing her next big thrill, and luckily for her, Phillip is always there by her side with jerry-rigged safety mechanisms to make her thrill-seeking dreams come true. Join moderator Chris Hardwick (Talking Dead, @midnight) as he talks with the show’s voice talent Aidy Bryant (Saturday Night Live) and Eric Knobel (Huge Theater), along with guest voice talent Charlyne Yi (Knocked Up), Jasika Nicole (Fringe), Stephanie Beatriz (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), and the show’s creators Shadi Petosky (Yo Gabba Gabba!, MAD) and Mike Owens (Yo Gabba Gabba!, Animaniacs), for a screening of an episode of Danger & Eggsand an audience Q&A. Danger & Eggs is available to stream now on Amazon Prime Video.

Sunday July 23, 2017 1:00pm – 2:00pm 
Room 24ABC

Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes

Jack Bender (EP/director, Lost, Under the Dome), Harry Treadaway (Penny Dreadful), Kelly Lynch (The L Word), Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men, The Practice), Jharrel Jerome (Moonlight), and Breeda Wool (UnREAL) discuss their new original series on AT&T Audience Network based on the bestselling Stephen King novel, which follows a demented killer who taunts a retired police detective and the crusade to bring the killer to justice before he is able to strike again.

Sunday July 23, 2017 1:30pm – 2:30pm 
Room 8

Doctor Who: BBC America Official Panel

BBC America’s Doctor Who returns to San Diego Comic-Con for the final Hall H panel with star Peter Capaldi. Fans will have an exclusive sneak peek of the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas Special—the final episode starring Peter Capaldi as the Doctor and written by Emmy Award-winning lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat. Join Peter Capaldi (the Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Michelle Gomez (Missy), writer and actor Mark Gatiss (Sherlock), and showrunner Steven Moffat (Sherlock) for a panel moderated by Chris Hardwick that will celebrate Christmas in July and share one last look back at their time with the iconic global hit series with fans. Watch the entire critically acclaimed new season of Doctor Who now on, BBC America App, and On Demand.

Sunday July 23, 2017 2:00pm – 3:00pm 
Hall H

Super Asian America

With live-action versions of Death Note and Ghost in the Shell, Hollywood keeps mining Asian culture for inspiration-while sidelining Asian people. At the same time, series like Into the Badlands and Master of None demonstrate how successful shows with Asian leads can be. The state of Super Asian America in 2017 is assessed by panelists Will Choi (Asian AF), Deric Hughes (The Flash), Angela Kang (The Walking Dead), C. B. Lee (Not Your Sidekick), Lewis Tan (Iron Fist), and Dr. Nancy Yue n (Reel Inequality). Moderated by’s Michael Le.

Sunday July 23, 2017 3:00pm – 4:00pm 
Room 29AB

Buffy Musical: ‘Once More With Feeling,’ an Interactive Whedon Musical

Time to end this show with a bang! The powers that be behind Whedonopolis and Fandom Charities present an interactive screening of the Buffy the Vampire Slayermusical episode “Once More with Feeling” as Comic-Con’s big closing event! Many say this is the finest, funniest, most ingenious episode ever to come out of the Buffyverse. But remember, the best part of the show is up to you! This episode was made for talkin’-back, and singing, and shouting, and dancing in the aisles, with or without your dry cleaning! Audience participation: It isn’t just for Rocky Horror and mob riots anymore!

Sunday July 23, 2017 3:15 pm – 4:45 pm

Room 6BCF

Moving Beyond the ‘Strong Female Character’

One-dimensionality is so late-’90s; fans need well-written, fully-developed women in their media. Join Sam Maggs (Wonder Women), Amy S. Foster (The Rift: Uprising), Bree Turner (Grimm), Danielle Paige (Dorothy Must Die), Jody Houser (Faith), Jen Bartel(Jem and the Holograms), Alicia Lutes (Nerdist), and Amy Chu (Poison Ivy, Red Sonja) as they chat about their favorite lady characters, what could be improved, and how creators can make those changes.

Sunday July 23, 2017 4:00pm – 5:00pm 
Room 32AB

San Diego Comic-Con runs July 20-23 at the San Diego Convention Center and surrounding area. Join the conversation online by using the hashtag #SDCC2017. You can view the full schedule of programming here.

July 19, 2017

#AM_Equality Tipsheet: June 26, 2017

#AM_Equality Tipsheet: June 26, 2017

BREAKING — SCOTUS TO RULE IN MASTERPIECE CAKE CASE: Today, the Supreme Court of the United States agreed to hear Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, a case involving a baker who in 2012 refused to provide a cake for a same-sex marriage ceremony. Last year, The Colorado Supreme Court upheld a ruling by the Colorado Court of Appeals that bakery owner Jack Phillips cannot cite religious beliefs or free speech as a legal reason to discriminate against same-sex couples. In his appeal to the high court, Phillips is claiming that he is not violating the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act because he sells “non-wedding cake products” to the LGBTQ community. More from NBC and BuzzFeed.

BREAKING — SCOTUS ORDERS ARKANSAS TO NAME SAME-SEX PARENTS ON BIRTH CERTIFICATES: Today, the Supreme Court of the United States summarily ordered Arkansas to allow both marriedsame-sex parents to be listed on their child’s birth certificate. The decision, in Pavan v. Smith, overturns an Arkansas Supreme Court decision that would have undermined LGBTQ rights under current state law allowing a different-sex couple married at the time of a child’s birth are presumed parents, and listed as such on the birth certificate — even in cases where reproductive technologies have been used and agreed to by both parents. Additionally, a different-sex couple married after the birth of their child can both be listed as legal parents on the birth certificate if the husband attests he is the parent. The case was argued by the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Ropes & Gray, LLP and Arkansas attorney Cheryl Maples.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY Today HRC joins the nation in celebrating the second anniversary of Obergefell v. Hodges, the landmark decision by the Supreme Court of the United States that finally made marriage equality the law of the land. “Today, we celebrate the plaintiffs, attorneys, and advocates who helped push our nation closer to the promise of a more perfect union,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin). “But it’s equally important to remind ourselves that the fight is far from over. Many of the very same couples who fought so hard for the right to marry are still at risk of being fired, evicted, or denied service just because of who they are. That’s why we need the federal Equality Act to fix the patchwork of laws that leave LGBTQ people at risk. Our civil rights should not change at every state border.” Jim Obergefell (@JimObergefell), the lead plaintiff in the case, is a Cincinnati native and council members there recognized the anniversary by naming Mercer Street “John Arthur & Jim Obergefell Way” to honor him and his late husband. HRC honors all of the plaintiffs in this new video, and celebrates the historic decision here. More from WCPO.

● According to UCLA’s Williams Institute, nearly 1.1 million LGBT people in the United States are married to someone of the same sex, “implying that more than 547,000 same-sex couples are married nationwide. Since Obergefell, at least 157,000 same-sex couples married.” Those numbers may continue to rise as LGBTQ rights are threatened under the Trump Administration, as The Guardian reported in January. More from Newsweek and The Guardian.

.@HRC celebrates the brave plaintiffs of the historic victory that brought nationwide #MarriageEquality two years ago! #LoveWins #LoveIsLove

— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) June 26, 2017

SICKENING — TRUMP-PENCE HIV POLICY COULD LEAD TO 1 MILLION DEATHS AROUND THE WORLD: In a shocking report about the potential deadly effects of the Trump-Pence Administration’s plan to decimate U.S. international humanitarian aid, The New York Times’ Helene Cooper (@helenecooper) writes, “The Trump administration has proposed slashing programs that buy antiretroviral drugs for people who are infected with H.I.V., the virus that causes AIDS, by at least $1.1 billion — nearly a fifth of their current funding. Researchers say the cuts could lead to the deaths of at least one million people in sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere.” Read more at The New York Times.

HRC CRITICIZES POTENTIAL 6-MONTH DELAY IN ALLOWING TRANSGENDER PEOPLE TO OPENLY ENLIST IN MILITARY: Responding to a report by the Associated Press about the proposed delay, Stephen Peters (@stephenpeters2), HRC National Press Secretary and Marine veteran discharged under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, said, “Each day that passes without implementing the final piece of this important policy harms our military readiness and restricts the Armed Forces ability to recruit the best and the brightest. We’re disappointed that a further delay is under consideration and urge Secretary Mattis to move forward expeditiously in implementing this recruitment policy.” Enlistment by qualified transgender people is scheduled to begin July 1, a final piece of Obama-era policy under which transgender people currently in the military are allowed to serve openly. Read more from HRC and The Associated Press.

TODAY — SHKRELI ON TRIAL: Remember this slimeball? Today, Martin Shkreli’s trial on securities and wire fraud charges will begin in federal court in Brooklyn. Shkreli, then-CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, was charged in late 2015 after coming under intense public scrutiny when his company overnight increased by 5000 percent the price of Daraprim, a crucial and often life-saving drug frequently used by people living with HIV and pregnant people. HRC called for a Congressional investigation into Turing’s price gouging. Several other pharmaceutical companies have faced similar controversy, including Mylan for a recent six-fold price increase for its essential EpiPen. More from NBC News.

HRC AND PLANNED PARENTHOOD ARE #UNITED4THEFIGHT; TEAM UP FOR TWITTER SWAP: On Friday, HRC and Planned Parenthood joined forces on a Digital Day of Action to highlight that catastrophe that would be caused by Trump, Pence and McConnell’s “defunding” of Planned Parenthood by blocking patients on Medicaid from receiving care at PPFA clinics. The #United4TheFight effort included a unique “Twitter swap,” with HRC President Chad Griffin and Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards taking over each other’s Twitter feeds for part of the day. HRC and PPFA also launched a video featuring Brooke Baxa, a transgender, non-binary 22-year-old who relies on Medicaid and Planned Parenthood for life-saving medical care. Read more from HRC and Metro Weekly, and watch the video here.

● Check out this article from GQ, which illustrates the dangers that the Trump-McConnell “health care” bill poses to the transgender community. More from GQ.

MUST WATCH MONDAY: A day we can all support — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio declared June 22 as “Laverne Cox Day,” to honor the transgender advocate, actress and trailblazer. During an appearance at the mayor’s official residence, Cox told the crowd, “Can you believe that a black transgender woman from Mobile, Alabama, raised by a single mother has a day in New York City named after her?” More from JoeMyGod.

THIS WEEK, U.S. HOUSE TO CONSIDER BIPARTISAN RESOLUTION CONDEMNING VIOLENCE AGAINST GAY AND BISEXUAL MEN IN CHECHNYA: The resolution calls on the Russian federation to “protect the human rights of all its citizens, condemn the violence and persecution, investigate these crimes in Chechnya, and hold accountable all those involved in perpetrating such abuses.” The measure, sponsored by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), also calls on the Trump Administration to condemn the violence and persecution in Chechnya, which has included kidnapping, torture and sometimes murder of gay and bisexual men. Read the resolution here, and more about violence in Chechnya, and the #EyesOnChechnya effort at HRC.

BRAVO MÉXICO — YOUNG ADVOCATES FROM MEXICO JOIN HRC’S WELCOMING SCHOOLS TRAINING: Last week, HRC Foundation’s Welcoming Schools Program hosted 22 educators and advocates from 16 states and Washington, D.C., as well as Mexico, for its second National Facilitator Certification Training at HRC’s headquarters. Among them were Jorge Herrera and María Orozco of Mexico City, founders of DILO, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating discrimination-free spaces and inclusive classrooms for LGBTQ students across Mexico. They sat down with Milagros Chirinos, HRC’s Bilingual Media Manager-Spanish, to discuss DILO, their goals, and participation in HRC’s training program. Read the interview from HRC.

PRIDE, NOUN: A REASONABLE OR JUSTIFIABLE SELF-RESPECT; A COLLECTIVE SENSE OF SELF-WORTH: As we head into the final week of Pride Month, Merriam-Webster provides a lively history of the word “pride,” and how it came to be associated with the modern LGBTQ rights movement. Check it out here.

● The Washington Post recounts the history of Pride, and how the LGBTQ community has slowly rejected the tactic of discretion, embracing a stronger voice in demanding equality across the world. More from The Washington Post.

NY GOVERNOR CUOMO LIGHTS UP ONE WORLD TRADE CENTER IN HONOR OF LGBTQ PRIDE: This weekend, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo directed the spire of One World Trade Center and the Kosciuszko Bridge be lit with the colors of the transgender Pride flag on Friday, and the LGBTQ Pride flag on Saturday and Sunday. Read the release here, and a report from ABC.

New Yorkers know that diversity is our greatest strength. #Pride2017

— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) June 26, 2017

BRITAIN SEES HISTORIC DROP OF HIV CASES IN GAY AND BISEXUAL MEN: The number dropped 17 percent between 2015 and 2016, and, experts say, could signal the beginning of the end of the AIDS epidemic on the continent. More consistent testing, better treatment and the use of the preventative drug PrEP are driving the decline. More from The Guardian and Daily Mail.

GERMANY VOIDS CONVICTIONS OF GAY AND BISEXUAL MEN, OFFERS COMPENSATION: The move affects tens of thousands of people sentenced under a Nazi-era anti-gay and bisexual law, removing them from the criminal record. The German government has also agreed to offer compensation to the estimated 3,000 people still alive who were victims of this law. More from BBC.


Bangor Daily News interviews LGBTQ farmers in Maine; The Tennessean publishes a piece by Nikki Gibson, co-lead of North America Pride, about why LGBTQ equality is good for business

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VidCon 2017: LGBTQ creators and panels to check out

VidCon 2017: LGBTQ creators and panels to check out

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This weekend is VidCon 2017, the convention celebrating the best and brightest of the online video community. Taking place at the Anaheim Convention Center from June 21st – June 24th, the convention highlights hundreds of online creators and the community that surrounds them. The weekend will feature creative panels, interviews, interactive events, and industry tips, as well as multiple panels about representation.

The online video community is home to many LGBTQ creators and celebrities, demonstrated in VidCon’s line up, which hosts several panels focusing on diversity of online video, and celebrating being LGBTQ. Some of the well-known out youtubers include Hannah Hart, Tyler Oakley, Joey Graceffa, Todrick Hall, Ingrid Nelson, out transgender advocates Miles McKenna and Aydian Dowling, musician Dodie, comedy vloggers Ari Fitz and Lateef Thynative, scientist Sally Le Page, and so many more. You can find the whole list of featured creators here, and click on your favorites to see which panels they appear on.

Some of the LGBTQ focused events include a networking event for LGBTQIA+ creators, a LGBTQ Powerhouse panel, a Gender Identity panel, a panel on LGBTQ couples, and more. Beyond that, there are several panels on race, gender, and mental health representation in the online video community, as well as interviews with prominent LGBTQ creators. Below is a schedule of these events, and you can find the full VidCon schedule here. (Descriptions taken from the official VidCon Website.)

Thursday, June 22nd

Latinx Represent!

9:30 am – 10:30 am, Twitter Community Stage, Community Track

We’re connected by our ancestry to Latin America, but we’re also all so vastly different — nationalities, languages, sexual orientations, race, traditions, etc. How do Latinx content creators balance representing their culture while not erasing each other’s differences?

This panel features Annie Segarra (Annie Elainey) who identifies as a disabled, chronically ill (Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome), queer, and Latinx person of color, she mainly creates first-person video content on a variety of topics, as well as creative content such as music, poetry, and short films.

Protecting Yourself Online

9:30am – 10:30am, Trending Stage, Community Track

When you face the dark side of the internet, what can you do about it? Hear from creators who have experienced bullying, hate speech, or sextortion first-hand. And learn about the tools and tactics they used to overcome these horrible realities — or turn them into opportunities for activism. Whether you’re the victim of an online crime, or are an (unknowing) perpetrator of one, there are ways to proactively protect yourself and overcome such difficult experiences.

This panel features BriaAndChrissy, a singing duo/lesbian couple with original music, making videos that inspire. They use music and comedy to entertain, share, and promote equality.

The Voice!

11am – 12pm, Lifestyle Stage, Community Track

Social media platforms are powerful tools that can be used to create positive change. Hear from some of your favorite creators about how they use their VOICE and platforms to address issues that are important to them and their communities, and ultimately make the world a better place.

This panel features Ingrid Nilson, a Lifestyle Expert and Online Video Personality, who has amassed over 7 million followers across all her social channels and over 4 million subscribers on her YouTube channel alone. Since coming out on her channel, Ingrid has become a voice for strong, independent young women.

Race & Representation Discussion

2pm – 3pm, Press Play Stage, Community Track

On a platform so heavily influenced by the personal traits and characteristics of its creators, how much of a role do race and ethnicity play? How do creators’ personal experiences of racial identity affect their creative process, and how does their audience respond to this? To what extent does YouTube benefit from being a more diverse platform, and, as online video grows and becomes more international, what are some of the changes we can expect to see within the medium?

This panel features Kat Blaque, a feminist Youtuber and Illustrator from Orange County California. She hosts a weekly series on her channel called “True Tea” where she answers audience questions about any and everything from issues of racism, LBGTQIA + issues and feminism. 

Sizing up the Industry

2pm – 3pm, Lifestyle Stage, Community Track

These creators share their opinions on the importance of body positivity, self-love, the perception of beauty, and how their approach to fashion and beauty content on YouTube and other social media platforms is changing the industry.

This panel includes Patrick Starrr, a bigger-than-life beauty influencer and self-taught makeup artist. Well-known in the professional beauty community before YouTube, Patrick took his talents online a few years ago to instruct a wider audience on his techniques and makeup tutorials.

How to Engage with Your Community

3:30pm – 4:30pm, Room 210, Creator Track

Engaging and keeping up with your community can be a full-time job. Learn from our panel of experts how they manage to find time and interact meaningfully with their communities. They’ll talk about how to moderate comments effectively and give all-around pointers on improving communication with your fans. 

This panel features Ash Hardell, a creator and advocate for the LGBTQ+ community; Julia Nunes, whose album, SOME FEELINGS, was released in September 25, 2015. Early on in her career she found success on YouTube and started to garner a dedicated following. She tours the world playing in clubs and living rooms and makes albums and videos in between; and Trevor Moran a multi-platform global media sensation as a songwriter, singer and performer with a combined social following of over 6 million fans.

Let’s Talk About Mental Health

3:30pm – 4:30pm, Room 208, Creator Track

Your mental health is important! Join us in an honest conversation about what it’s like to share personal mental health information online and how many have found the courage to do so. We will also talk about getting professional help and how support from online communities has lessened the stigma in doing so. Remember, you’re not alone!

This panel features Annie Segarra and Connor Manning, a video blogger, actor, performer, bit of everything kind of individual. He’s been making videos on YouTube since 2010 on a wide variety of subjects including mental health, sexuality, and advice. He also enjoys making narrative content as well as writing/performing music.

Networking Room – LGBTQIA+

3:30pm – 4:30om, Room 206, Creator Track

Join like-minded creators for a unique networking session! You’ll have the chance to talk, collaborate, and make new friends.

Holy Trinity Q&A

3:30pm – 4:30pm, Twitter Community Stage, Community Track

Q&A with Grace Helbig, Hannah Hart, and Mamrie Hart.

Featuring Hannah Hart, an online personality, actress, producer, philanthropist and New York Times best-selling author. Boasting over 5 million followers across her social platforms, Hannah is the creator and star of her award-winning web series “My Drunk Kitchen, which started as a joke between friends and has now amassed millions of views. 

ThatsSoJack Q&A

3:30pm – 4:30pm, Trending Stage, Community Track

Q&A with Jack Baran aka ThatSoJack.

Just Between Us” Onstage Live

4pm – 4:25pm, Awesomeness Festival Stage, Community Track

Just Between Us is an LA-based odd couple comedy channel from co-dependent besties Allison Raskin and Gaby Dunn.

Half of Just Between Us is Gaby Dunn, a writer, comedian, and actress living in Los Angeles. She has sold shows to MTV, FX, YouTube Red and other places. Her channel with her comedy partner Allison Raskin has amassed more than 80 million views. 

LGBTQ Powerhouses

5pm – 6pm, Twitter Community Stage, Community Track

Some of the most influential LGBTQ creators will discuss the state of the online LGBTQ community, how to encourage each other’s channels, and why staying inclusive and welcoming is so important to the prosperity of the community.

This panel features Ingrid Nilson; Joey Graceffa, one of the leading content creators and actors on YouTube. Joey is a passionate storyteller and carries that sentiment into all of his projects; Miles McKenna (MilesChronicles), a groovy trans* human who is known for their leg hair; Stephanie Frosch (ElloSteph) also known as America’s Lesbian Sweetheart, who uses her platform to discuss issues such as being LGBTQ+, body positivity, suicide prevention, and much more in an entertaining light; Tre Melvin, an American actor, singer, songwriter, published playwright, philanthropist, and YouTube personality; and Aydian Dowling, a FTM Transgender Activist. Motivational Speaker. YouTuber.

Friday, June 23rd

Gender Identity on YouTube

9:30am – 10:30am, Press Play Stage, Community Track

Hear from influential transgender and gender-nonconforming creators as they discuss their experiences on YouTube and navigating the world beyond.

This panel features Ash Hardell, Kat Blaque, Miles McKenna, and Aydian Dowling.

BuzzFeed Ladylike Q&A

9:30am – 10:30am, Fresh Faces Stage, Community Track

A Q&A with the creators and stars of Buzzfeed’s Ladylike.

This features Chantel Houston, a senior producer at BuzzFeed Motion Pictures and a member of the company’s top female unscripted show, Ladylike. In her career, Chantel has made it her mission to create content FOR women, exclusively made BY women; Kristin Chirico, a senior editor at BuzzFeed, and a cast member of BuzzFeed’s Ladylike, one of BuzzFeed’s most consistently high-performing video series; and Jen Ruggirello, a video producer for BuzzFeed. She currently produces for their series Ladylike. She’s a big fan of terriers, Canon cameras, and the Chicago White Sox.

Tyler Oakley Q&A

9:30am – 10:30am, YouTube Arena, Community Track

Tyler Oakley is an independent creator on YouTube, one of the largest digital platforms to date. With over 8M+ subscribers on YouTube and over 23M+ across his social media platforms, he has been established as one of the most influential LGBTQ+ vloggers and is an A-Lister in the digital age.

Keeping Online Video Diverse

11am – 12pm, Twitter Community Stage, Community Track

Now more than ever, it is so important to have diverse voices on the internet. Join these creators as they talk about the challenges they face and the future of inclusivity on the internet.

This panel features Tre Melvin (This Is a Commentary).

PC Culture in Online Video

11am – 12pm, Press Play Stage, Community Track

PC Culture — it’s a thing these days. In this session, creators who regularly navigate politically correct culture discuss how they handle toeing the line between edgy and inappropriate in their content. 

This panel features Gaby Dunn and Lateef Thynative, an upcoming lifestyle and comedy youtuber noticeable by his trademark purple hair and borderline androgynous style. He talks about LGBTQ and Black Subjects all while remaining humorous. 

Making It Work: LGBTQ+ Couples

2pm – 3pm, Press Play Stage, Community Tack

Some the internet’s raddest LGBTQ+ power couples discuss what it’s like to create with their significant other, the highs and lows that follow, and what it takes to make their relationships work.

This panel features BriaAndChrissy and Team2Moms, a two-moms family hoping to provide the younger generations of LGBTQ people who struggle to envision raising a family, the hope and visibility that it is possible.

Interview – dodie

3:30pm – 3:55pm, Instant Interview Stage, Community Track.

Dodie is a 21 year old musician from London. She began sharing her life through her songs and videos online from 2011, and since then she has gained a fanbase of over 1 Million subscribers. Dodie’s Debut EP ‘Intertwined’ reached the TOP 40 In the UK Albums Chart and her first ever U.K Headline Tour (March 2017) sold out in under an hour.


3:30pm – 4:30pm, Trending Stage, Community Track

Some of the biggest creators in the history of online video have been Asian/Pacific Islanders. As different online video platforms emerge, are Asians still represented? Listen as some of the most popular API creators discuss whether they feel supported and well-represented in this ever growing digital age of online video. 

This panel include Ashly Perez, a Development Partner at BuzzFeed. She was one of the founding producers of BuzzFeedViolet, a YouTube channel with over 2.9 million followers. Her series “You Do You” was number one on the iTunes Store for two seasons. She is currently developing shows and short films for BuzzFeed Motion Pictures.

Disabilities on YouTube

3:30 – 4:30pm, Press Play Stage, Community Track

Disabled creators gather to share their personal experiences with disability and how those experiences intersect with, complicate, and enrich their YouTube content.

This panel includes Annie Segarra.

Interview – Ari Fitz

4:30 – 4:55, Instant Interview Stage, Community Track

Ari Fitz makes daily videos about pop culture, relationships and life. She’s also known for her androgynous fashion with her style channel, TOMBOYISH.

Networking Room – Creators and Activism

5pm-6pm, Room 206, Creator Track

Join like-minded creators for a unique networking session! You’ll have the chance to talk, collaborate, and make new friends.

This is my Team with Joey Graceffa

5pm-6pm, Room 204, Creator Track

It takes a village to raise a YouTuber. Hear from Joey Graceffa’s manager, agent, publicist, and attorney about how they got on the team, what they do, and how they built their professional relationship. 


5pm-6pm, Trending Stage, Community Track

Activism! Come learn how to harness the power of the internet to create radical change.

This panel include Kat Blaque.

Not Straight, Not White, Not Serious

5pm-6pm, Fresh Faces Stage, Community Track

These non-straight, non-white creators won’t let anyone pigeonhole them into a specific genre or category. Did we mention they’re freaking hilarious? Join us for some laughs and weirdness as they discuss what makes them unique and how they translate their experiences into awesome content.

This panel features Hartbeat, a very out spoken and ridiculous comedian. Comedy that will have your sides tickling! Coming from the lesbian side of the LGBT community; Lateef Thynative; Mac Kahey (MacDoesIt), a satirical commentator who creates content that he calls a cross between “Intelligently funny” an “an organized hot mess” from pop culture reviews, skits, storytimes, etc.; Shan Boody, a sex/ love expert certified as a sexual educator and as a clinical sexologist; and F0xy, an online content creator from Virginia, who recently made the move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in comedy.

Saturday, June 24th

Accessibility on YouTube

11am – 12pm, Press Play Stage, Community Track

How can we make YouTube and the wider internet more accessible for more people? These creators will discuss what they’ve learned about facilitating and encouraging accessibility in online spaces through their own experiences.

This panel features Annie Segarra.

There’s a Troll in the Dungeon

12:30pm – 1:30pm, Press Play Stage, Community Track

The internet can be an ugly place, and hate speech, trolling, and general criticism can be incredibly discouraging for creators. Join these tough as nails creators as they discuss how they handle the ever-present troll.

This panel features Miles Jai, whose channel is MilesJaiProductions, a comedian on YouTube and is among one of the top subscribed LGBT-themed channels with over 500,000 subscribers, Ricky Dillion, a multi­talented entertainer and online powerhouse, and is moderated by Ash Hardell.

Mental Health Discussion

2pm -3pm, Twitter Community Stage, Community Track

Top creators discuss mental health and how they found the courage to discuss such a personal subject on their channels. Listen as they talk about how they are breaking down stigmas and creating safe, healthy, and supportive communities.

This panel features Connor Manning, Hannah Hart, and Hartbeat.

Q&A with MyLifeAsEva

3:30pm – 4:30pm, Twitter Community Stage, Community Track

YouTube sensation Eva Gutowski (better known as MyLifeAsEva) is a top lifestyle and comedy personality with over 10M combined subscribers.

Interview With Todrick Hall

3:30pm – 3:55pm, Instant Interview Stage, Community Track

A native of Texas, Todrick is a singer, songwriter, dancer, actor, choreographer, playwright, costume designer, Broadway performer, American Idol finalist, star of his own self-titled MTV Show and viral YouTube sensation with over 2 million subscribers and 400 million views. He has teamed up with campaigns such as The Trevor Project, The City of West Hollywood, HIV Equal and HIV Beats to help raise awareness of several issues within the LGBTQ community.

The Gender Tag Meetup

7pm -8pm, Fresh Faces Stage, Community Track

The Gender Tag Project, now nearing 1,000 individual video contributions, is a strong foundation for thoughtful conversation about differing experiences of gender. Have you made a Gender Tag video? Watched one? Never heard of the project? Join people of all varieties whose experience with gender is salient for them. There will be activities, guided conversations, and opportunities to connect with those who have similar experiences, and those who don’t.

This meetup features Ashley Wylde, a queer and gender nonbinary writer, activist, YouTuber, and travel enthusiast currently living in Missoula, Montana, the creator of The Gender Tag Project, which has inspired almost 1,000 individual videos responses.


Be sure to check some of these panels out if you’re going to VidCon this weekend, and get a change to see your favorite LGBTQ online video personalities!

June 19, 2017

#AM_Equality Tipsheet: May 23, 2017

#AM_Equality Tipsheet: May 23, 2017

HRC MOURNS LIVES LOST IN MANCHESTER ATTACK — CALLS FOR STAND AGAINST HATRED: At a Monday night Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, a horrific bombing stole the lives of at least 22 people — many of whom were children. The terrorist group ISIL has claimed responsibility for the ruthless attack. HRC President Chad Griffin expressed HRC’s despair, saying, “My heart is with everyone in Manchester tonight. We stand with you — and against hate.” The bombing is thought to be England’s deadliest since 2005. More from The New York Times.

My heart is with everyone in #Manchester tonight. We stand with you — and against hate.

— Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) May 23, 2017

IT’S A DISGRACE — TEXAS LEGISLATURE DISCRIMINATING AGAINST ITS OWN CITIZENS, ATTACKING LGBTQ PEOPLE: On Sunday night, the Texas legislature passed two discriminatory anti-LGBTQ pieces of legislation. HB 3859 would allow child welfare organizations — including adoption and foster care agencies — to turn away qualified Texans seeking to care for a child in need, including LGBTQ couples, interfaith couples, single parents, married couples in which one prospective parent has previously been divorced, or other parents to whom the agency has a religious objection. It also could harm children in care; HB 3859 would forbid the state from canceling a state contract with an agency that subjected children in their care to dangerous practices such as so-called “conversion therapy.” The bill now heads to the governor’s desk. And the Texas House of Representatives added a discriminatory amendment to an otherwise unrelated education bill that could ostracize and harm transgender students. More from Bustle, The Washington Blade and The Hill.

  • Transgender children and their parents fear for their safety: While Texas lawmakers are advancing proposals to harm transgender children, these children and their families are preparing for the worst. More from The Associated Press.

Texans: Contact @GovAbbott and tell him not to target #LGBTQ Texans! Text TX GOVERNOR to 30644 to be connected with his office. #txlege

— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) May 22, 2017

#EYESONCHECHNYA — HRC PRESIDENT URGES TILLERSON TO GRANT VISAS TO LGBTQ CHECHENS FLEEING VIOLENCE: Yesterday, HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) sent a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urging him to allow those fleeing violence in Chechnya — including gay and bisexual men who have been targeted by the government — access to U.S. visas. This comes after reports that the U.S. has discouraged Russian LGBTQ adovcates from helping Chechens to obtain visas. In Chechnya, gay and bisexual men are being rounded up, locked in secret prisons, tortured and even murdered — by their own government. HRC has called on the U.S. government to condemn these heinous crimes and grant victims asylum. More from The Washington Blade.

TUESDAY TWEET — GEORGIA TRANS ADVOCATE WHO FOUGHT TO CHANGE NAME DIES: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution honors the life of local trans advocate Rowan Feldhaus, whose fight to change his name helped define Georgia law. Said attorney Beth Littrell of Lambda Legal, which represented Rowan: “Because Rowan stood up, Georgia judges are now required to allow people to change their names without bias.” More from LGBTQ Nation.

RIP Rowan Feldhaus. Thank you for fighting for so many. Our right to be recognized must be absolute.

— Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride) May 22, 2017

DEJA VU ALL OVER AGAIN — TRUMP APPOINTS YET ANOTHER ANTI-LGBTQ EXTREMIST: This time, it’s Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who will serve as vice chair of a commission to review claims of “voter fraud.” Kobach has compared LGBTQ people to drug users and currently acts as an attorney for the nationalist, anti-immigrant “Federation for American Immigration Reform.” More from Salon.

BILL BANNING SO-CALLED “CONVERSION THERAPY” INTRODUCED IN WISCONSIN: The measure, introduced by State Representative Amanda Stuck, would protect youth from the dangerous and debunked practice of so-called “conversion therapy.” More from The Post-Crescent.

HRC MOURNS THE LOSS OF SHERRELL FAULKNER, A TRANS WOMAN ATTACKED IN NOVEMBER: HRC mourns the tragic loss of Sherrell Faulkner, a transgender woman of color, who died last week of injuries suffered during an attack last November in Charlotte, North Carolina. Faulkner was 46. She is the 11th transgender person to die this year as a result of violence in the U.S. Twenty-two trans women were killed in the U.S. last year. More from HRC.

METRO WEEKLY EXCLUSIVE WITH RAFFI FREEDMAN-GURSPAN: The latest cover of Metro Weekly features Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, the White House’s first openly transgender staffer and current Director of External Relations for the National Center for Transgender Equality. In the interview, Raffi shares her coming out story, her work for the LGBTQ community and her hopes for the future of LGBTQ equality. More from Metro Weekly.

Metro Weekly magazine: 2017-05-18 edition (PDF)

— Metro Weekly (@metroweekly) May 22, 2017

LGBTQ LAWS ON THE AGENDA AT AMES, IOWA, CITY COUNCIL MEETING: Council members tonight will discuss recommendations by the local Human Relations Commission based on LGBTQ-inclusive criteria in HRC’s 2016 Municipal Equality Index. More from Iowa State Daily.

IN LAST WAPO COLUMN, STEVEN PETROW WRITES ABOUT OVERCOMING FEAR: In a powerful final installment of his ‘Civilities’ column in The Washington Post, Steven Petrow (@StevenPetrow) discusses fear that has washed over the LGBTQ community since the Pulse nightclub shooting, the election of Trump election and during the wave of anti-transgender state legislation. But, Petrow writes, reaching out, learning and respecting others may help. “Respect, after all, is a two-way street. And when we have more respect for ‘others’ — and they for us — we will all have less to fear.” More from The Washington Post.

HORRIFYING — POLICE DETAIN 141 MEN IN INDONESIA ON SUSPICION OF BEING GAY OR BISEXUAL: The men were arrested in the capital of Jakarta on Sunday night. Indonesia is one of at least 72 countries that criminalizes same-sex sexual activity. More from The New York Times.


Pride shares new cards from Hallmark to celebrate a person’s transition; Condé Nast Traveler shares travel tips for same-sex couples and their families;

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The 2017 Tony Award Nominations are Here: FULL LIST

The 2017 Tony Award Nominations are Here: FULL LIST

The 2017 Tony Award nominations have arrived.

Leading the pack is Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 with 12 nominations followed by Hello Dolly with 10. Teen angst musical Dear Evan Hansen received 9, A Doll’s House Part 2 received 8, and Come From Away, Groundhog Day, and Oslo each received 7.

Check out the full list below with links to our theatre critic Naveen Kumar’s reviews.

Best Musical
Come From Away
Dear Evan Hansen
Groundhog Day
Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

Best Play
A Doll’s House, Part 2 by Lucas Hnath
Indecent by Paula Vogel
Oslo by J.T. Rogers
Sweat by Lynn Nottage

Best Revival of a Musical
Hello, Dolly!
Miss Saigon

Best Revival of a Play
August Wilson’s Jitney
The Little Foxes
Present Laughter
Six Degrees of Separation

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Christian Borle, Falsettos
Josh Groban, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
David Hyde Pierce, Hello, Dolly!
Andy Karl, Groundhog Day
Ben Platt, Dear Evan Hansen

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Denée Benton, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Christine Ebersole, War Paint
Patti LuPone, War Paint
Bette Midler, Hello, Dolly!
Eva Noblezada, Miss Saigon

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Denis Arndt, Heisenberg
Chris Cooper, A Doll’s House, Part 2
Corey Hawkins, Six Degrees of Separation
Kevin Kline, Present Laughter
Jefferson Mays, Oslo

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Cate Blanchett, The Present
Jennifer Ehle, Oslo
Sally Field, The Glass Menagerie
Laura Linney, The Little Foxes
Laurie Metcalf, A Doll’s House, Part 2

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Gavin Creel, Hello, Dolly!
Mike Faist, Dear Evan Hansen
Andrew Rannells, Falsettos
Lucas Steele, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Brandon Uranowitz, Falsettos

Best Performance by an Actress in Featured Role a Musical
Kate Baldwin, Hello, Dolly!
Rachel Bay Jones, Dear Evan Hansen
Stephanie J. Block, Falsettos
Jenn Colella, Come From Away
Mary Beth Peil, Anastasia

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Michael Aronov, Oslo
Danny DeVito, Arthur Miller’s The Price
Nathan Lane, The Front Page
Richard Thomas, Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes
John Douglas Thompson, August Wilson’s Jitney

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Johanna Day, Sweat
Jayne Houdyshell, A Doll’s House, Part 2
Cynthia Nixon, Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes
Condola Rashad, A Doll’s House, Part 2
Michelle Wilson, Sweat

Best Score
Come From Away, David Hein and Irene Sankoff
Dear Evan Hansen, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Groundhog Day, Tim Minchin
Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, Dave Malloy

Best Book of a Musical
Come From Away, David Hein and Irene Sankoff
Dear Evan Hansen, Steven Levenson
Groundhog Day, Danny Rubin
Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, Dave Malloy

Best Direction of a Musical
Christopher Ashley, Come From Away
Rachel Chavkin, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Michael Greif, Dear Evan Hansen
Matthew Warchus, Groundhog Day
Jerry Zaks, Hello, Dolly!

Best Direction of a Play
Sam Gold, A Doll’s House, Part 2
Ruben Santiago-Hudson, August Wilson’s Jitney
Bartlett Sher, Oslo
Daniel Sullivan, Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes
Rebecca Taichman, Indecent

Best Choreography
Andy Blankenbuehler, Bandstand
Peter Darling and Ellen Kane, Groundhog Day
Kelly Devine, Come From Away
Denis Jones, Holiday Inn
Sam Pinkleton, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

Best Orchestrations
Bill Elliott and Greg Anthony Rassen, Bandstand
Larry Hochman, Hello, Dolly!
Alex Lacamoire, Dear Evan Hansen
Dave Malloy, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

Best Costume Design of a Musical
Linda Cho, Anastasia
Santo Loquasto, Hello, Dolly!
Paloma Young, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Catherine Zuber, War Paint

Best Costume Design of a Play
Jane Greenwood, Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes
Susan Hilferty, Present Laughter
Toni-Leslie James, August Wilson’s Jitney
David Zinn, A Doll’s House, Part 2

Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Rob Howell, Groundhog Day
David Korins, War Paint
Mimi Lien, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Santo Loquasto, Hello, Dolly!

Best Scenic Design of a Play
David Gallo, Jitney
Nigel Hook, The Play That Goes Wrong
Douglas W. Schmidt, The Front Page
Michael Yeargan, Oslo

Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Howell Binkley, Come From Away
Natasha Katz, Hello, Dolly!
Bradley King, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Japhy Weideman, Dear Evan Hansen

Best Lighting Design of a Play
Christopher Akerlind, Indecent
Jane Cox, August Wilson’s Jitney
Donald Holder, Oslo
Jennifer Tipton, A Doll’s House, Part 2

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LGBTQ representation since 'Ellen:' 13 game-changing shows from the last 20 years

LGBTQ representation since 'Ellen:' 13 game-changing shows from the last 20 years

Credit: FOX

This coming Sunday, April 30 will be the 20th anniversary of the historic “The Puppy Episode” of ABC’s Ellen, which centered on lead character Ellen Morgan coming out. Series star Ellen DeGeneres came out alongside her character on the cover of the April 14, 1997 edition of Time Magazine. The series made history as the first to feature a lead LGBTQ character coming out. You can thank Ellen for changing the game at

“The Puppy Episode” drew an astounding 42 million viewers and went on to win two Primetime Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award. The series also received the GLAAD Media Award in Outstanding Comedy Series at the 9th Annual GLAAD Media Awards where Ellen DeGeneres was honored with GLAAD’s Stephen F. Kolzak Award.

Join GLAAD in celebrating the 20th anniversary of Ellen DeGeneres making history by coming out as gay to audiences worldwide. You can take action in a few ways:

  • Sign your name to Ellen’s thank you card & let her know what her coming out has meant to you
  • Share the card with your friends & family using #ThankYouEllen on social media
  • Follow GLAAD on Twitter and Facebook where we will be highlighting some ways Ellen has changed the game for LGBTQ representation through the week
  • Tune into The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Friday 4/28/2017 for to see the cast of Ellen reunite to commemorate the series’ groundbreaking “The Puppy Episode”
  • Share this post using #ThankYouEllen and tell us some of your favorite LGBTQ TV characters since Ellen came out

Help celebrate Ellen on the 20th anniversary of her coming out to TV audiences. Sign the card & say #ThankYouEllen

— GLAAD (@glaad) April 26, 2017

Since Ellen, there has been tremendous progress made in LGBTQ representation on television. From teen witches to hardened criminals to regular teens to animated gems, LGBTQ characters on our screens have increased exponentially since 1997. GLAAD’s most recent Where We Are on TV report found a record high percentage of LGBTQ series regulars on primetime scripted broadcast series. These characters have paved the way for culture change. Check out just a few of the notable LGBTQ-inclusive series which have changed the game by connecting with audiences worldwide.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003, The WB/UPN)

One of the core characters in this acclaimed teen supernatural show is Willow Rosenberg (Alyson Hannigan), a witch and computer whiz who is an integral member of the “Scooby Gang” who fight against vampires, demons, and other dark forces. In the fourth season, Willow starts a relationship with Tara Maclay (Amber Benson), which lasts until the sixth season when Tara is accidentally killed by a stray bullet. Willow’s next relationship is with another woman, Kennedy, with whom she shared the first same-sex scene betweem women on primetime broadcast television in the May 2003 episode “Touched.” Though the series ended nearly 15 years ago, new audiences are still finding it and connecting with Willow’s story, which continued in the canonical comic spinoff beginning in 2007 and which is still ongoing today.

True Life (1998-present, MTV)

MTV’s Emmy-winning documentary series tackles real life issues in each episode as a series of subjects let a camera crew follow their lives. The series has covered a range of LGBTQ experiences with real people being empowered to share their own stories. Unscripted series have a long history of diverse LGBTQ representations, oftentimes giving a voice to our community before LGBTQ characters were regularly included in scripted programming. Audiences across America–and the world even–have gotten to know more about LGBTQ lives since the series’ 1998 premiere through episodes including 2004’s “I’m Gay and Getting Married.” which received a GLAAD Media Award. Other LGBTQ-inclusive episodes have included “Matthew’s Murder” about Matthew Shepard, “I’m Coming Out” and “I’m Coming Out 2,” “I’m Bisexual,” “I’m a Gay Athlete,” and more. True Life is still on the air and continues to regularly include LGBTQ people, recent episodes have included the special “#WeAreOrlando” which profiled four survivors of the Pulse shooting and “We Are Transitioning.” Check MTV’s site to find new episodes.

Dawson’s Creek (1998-2003, The WB)

Jack McPhee (Kerr Smith), the new kid and a football star at Capeside High, is introduced in the second season of this teen drama. Jack, who is initially in a relationship with Katie Holmes’ character, comes out as gay near the end of that season. Though his father initially doesn’t accept him, the two do eventually reconnect and agree to start over. In the season three finale, “True Love,” Dawsons Creek aired a kiss between Jack and his longtime crush Ethan (Adam Kaufman), which has been credited as the first “passionate” kiss between two men on primetime broadcast television. Jack continued to have boyfriends and kiss men on the show as the series moved from high school to college. In the series finale, set five years into the future, Jack is raising a child with his partner, Doug Witter (Dylan Neal), who comes out in the finale.Out writer/producer Greg Berlanti (Arrow, Political Animals, Supergirl) co-wrote Jack’s coming out episodes, and series creator Kevin Williamson said much of it was based on Berlanti’s own experiences.

Will & Grace (1998-2006, NBC)

This Emmy award-winning sitcom about two gay men and two straight women living in New York was the first prime time television show to have an openly gay lead, not to mention two of them. The characters of Will (Eric McCormack) and Jack (Sean Hayes) showed two different perspectives of being gay and young in New York, and both of them were given several romantic interests over the show’s eight season run. Will & Grace is often acknowledged as opening the doors for LGBTQ-inclusive series that followed, and was even cited by former Vice President Joe Biden as being hugely impactful on his coming to support marriage equality. In an interview with Meet the Press, he said the show “probably did more to educate the American public than almost anything anybody has done so far”. Earlier this year, NBC confirmed the return of Will & Grace with an order for a 12-episode ninth season. Star Debra Messing will be honored with GLAAD’s Excellence in Media Award at the 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York next weekend and tickets are available now.

Queer as Folk (2000-2005, Showtime)

Based on the UK series of the same name, the American version of Queer as Folk was the first hour-long drama on American television to exclusively focus on portraying the lives of gay men and women.The series centered on a group of friends in Pittsburgh, five gay men and a lesbian couple, and the ups and downs of their lives, families, and relationships. Queer as Folk’s premiere episode scored Showtime its best rating for a series premiere in three years at the time, and it remained among the highest rated series on the network for a majority of its run. The show’s success proved that a series with an LGBTQ ensemble could be popular and paved the way for more modern programs that followed with a core cast of LGBTQ characters. Series star Peter Paige (Emmett Honeycutt) continued to break new ground and went on to create the Freeform drama The Fosters, a series following a family led by a lesbian couple and which includes several LGBTQ characters, which was recently renewed for a fifth season.

The Wire (2002-2008, HBO)

Omar Little (Michael K Williams), the notorious and openly gay stick-up man who frequently robbed street-level dealers, was one of the most talked about and beloved characters from this critically acclaimed crime drama about corruption and law enforcement in Baltimore. Omar had several boyfriends throughout the series and his sexuality and relationships were integral to who he was, but the character was also given a story outside of just being ‘the gay character.’ Omar had a strict moral code despite his line of work, and was known for refusing to harm innocent people or use profanity. The Wire also included Kima Greggs (Sonja Son), an out lesbian detective who throughout the series struggled with off-the-job problems with alcohol and relationships before ultimately arriving at a happier place. These characters are notable for challenging stereotypes both about race and sexuality, and reminded viewers that LGBTQ people exist in all walks of life and in all communities.

The L Word (2004-2009, Showtime)

This series followed a group of queer women friends living in West Hollywood, and explored their friendships, families, and romantic and sexual entanglements. The show was groundbreaking in almost exclusively focusing on lesbian, bisexual, and queer women. At a time when having one lesbian on a television show was rare, this kind of ensemble drama was really one of a kind in showing the different nuances, relationships, and experiences of its core characters. After the finale of the scripted series, Showtime premiered the reality series The Real L Word which followed the lives of a group of queer women in Los Angeles and later Brooklyn from 2010 to 2012. The franchise wrapped with a final tv movie special L Word Mississippi: Hate the Sin which aired in 2014, and received the GLAAD Media Award in Outstanding Documentary at the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards.

Grey’s Anatomy (2005-present, ABC)

In season four of the long-running Shonda Rhimes medical drama, orthopedic surgeon Callie Torres began her journey towards coming out as bisexual. Callie, whose series run ended last year after twelve seasons, is still lauded as one of the most well-rounded bisexual characters in entertainment media and we hope to see more bi characters follow in her footsteps. Callie was played by Sara Ramirez, who came out herself as bisexual and queer at a True Colors Fund event last year. Bisexual people, especially women of color, are underrepresented in mainstream media, but Sara brought Callie to life as a multifaceted character who was proud to be bi, a leader in her professional field, and devoted to her friends and family. Grey’s Anatomy has featured and continues to include several LGBTQ characters including Callie’s ex, Dr. Arizona Robbins,Dr. Leah Murphy, Dr. Eliza Minnick and more. 

Glee (2009-2015, FOX)

This award-winning musical comedy counted several LGBTQ characters throughout its run, including fan favorites Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer), Blaine Anderson (Darren Criss), Santana Lopez (Naya Rivera), Brittany Pierce (Heather Morris), and Unique (Alex Newell). GLAAD’s final Network Responibility Index (NRI) found that FOX’s 2014-15 season featured the highest percentage of LGBTQ-inclusive original primetime programming hours (45.4%) of any broadcast network tracked since the report began in 2006, thanks in large part to Glee (and FOX’s other musical hit series, Empire). This is compared to the inaugural NRI report where only 6% of FOX’s total primetime programming was found to be LGBTQ-inclusive. Glee covered several issues faced by real LGBTQ people including bullying, coming out, family acceptance, access to public facilities, coming out as trans at work, and more. Telling these stories helps educate audiences by connecting with them where they are most comfortable – their living rooms – and accelerates acceptance.

Good Luck Charlie (2010-2014, Disney Channel)

In a season four episode of this comedy, the show introduced the first out LGBTQ characters in a series on Disney Channel. In the episode “Down a Tree,” Amy and Bob Duncan set up a playdate for their daughter Charlie and one of her new friends, who just happens to have two moms. The couples come to find that they just don’t get along when Bob bores one mom with work stories and the other continuously cuts Amy off. The inclusion of a family led by two moms was a historic move in the right direction for the network, which had never before included out gay characters in its series and made-for-TV films. In an interview about the Good Luck Charlie episode, a Disney spokesperson said, “Like all Disney Channel programming, it was developed to be relevant to kids and families around the world and to reflect themes of diversity and inclusiveness.” Other Disney and Disney XD shows have since included LGBTQ characters including a same-sex kiss earlier this year on Star Vs. The Forces of Evil.

Orange is the New Black (2013 – present, Netflix)

One of the first Netflix original series, this dramedy set in a women’s prison broke ground in more ways than one. Many of the characters on Orange is the New Black fall under the LGBTQ umbrella, but the show was particularly notable for its inclusion of prisoner Sophia Burset (Laverne Cox), a trans woman character played by a trans woman. Sophia and fellow Netflix character Nomi (Sense8) are examples of trans characters who are not only defined by being transgender; they get the same level of dramatic storylines as other characters on their respective series and are living their lives beyond the “transition narrative” we have seen so much of before. Orange is the New Black also put Laverne Cox in the national spotlight, and she has become one of the most known transgender advocates and consistenly uses her platform to create dialogue, increase visibility, and draw attention to critical issues facing the trans community. GLAAD presented the Stephen F. Kolzak Award to Cox at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards. Orange is the New Black has been renewed for a fifth, sixth, and seventh season with season five premiering June 9.

Steven Universe (2013 – present, Cartoon Network)

This children’s fantasy series was the first animated series to be nominated for a GLAAD Media Award in Outstanding Comedy Series. Steven Universe follows the adventures of Steven, a young boy who is half-Gem and half-human, and his mentors, the “Crystal Gems,” three magical superhero aliens, as they work together to save the world from Gems who want to end life on Earth to incubate new Gem beings within the planet. One of the Gems, Garnet, is a literal personification of two female-presenting Gems who fused together after falling in love. Another, Pearl, was deeply in love with Steven’s mother, Rose Quartz, and is only now beginning to cope with her grief and attempt to find a new love. All-ages programming has been one of the slowest genres to begin to include LGBTQ characters, but it is incredibly important that they do. These portrayals both help real LGBTQ youth to recognize they aren’t alone and that their identity is valid, but also foster understanding and accelerate acceptance in their peer groups creating a safer environment for LGBT Q young people. Steven Universe is including our stories, notably front and center with two queer leads, and the series has become such a hit that it has spawned companion books, games, comics, and toy lines. 

Transparent (2014 – present)

The Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning comedy Transparent tells the story of Maura Pfefferman (Jeffrey Tambor), a transgender woman who comes out to her family later in life, and how the family and those surrounding them process this. The series also includes several other lesbian, bisexual, and transgender characters. Besides Maura, all the other transgender characters are played by trans actors, bringing well deserved attention and acclaim to trans actors including Trace Lysette, Alexandra Billings, Alexandra Grey, Hari Nef, Ian Harvie, and more. This has allowed the series to explore an area that we haven’t seen often, trans people being able to talk to each other rather than being the one trans character in a story. Trans people are also included off camera on the writing staff (Our Lady J), as directors (Silas Howard), as co-producers (Zackary Drucker, Rhys Ernst), and in many other positions among the cast and crew. Season four will premiere on Amazon later this year, Transparent has received the GLAAD Media Award in Outstanding Comedy Series three times.

All of these shows and many more not listed here helped pave the road for more inclusive television, and it is changing all the time. Freeform’s Shadowhunters features a positive and nuanced portrayal of a bisexual man, FOX’s Star features a central transgender character played by a trans actor, Empire is exploring the intersections of being black and LGBTQ, MTV’s Faking It introduced an intersex character, The Fosters and One Day at a Time exploring the stories of LGBTQ young people, ABC recently premiered the miniseries When We Rise, chronicling some of the history of the LGBTQ community, and those are just a few examples. Progress is constantly ongoing, and there is still a long way to go to ensure the meaningful inclusion of underrepresented communities, but if this is how much can change in just two decades, think of where we could be twenty years from now.

Join GLAAD in celebrating the 20th anniversary of Ellen DeGeneres making history. You can take action in a few ways:

  • Sign your name to Ellen’s thank you card & let her know what her coming out has meant to you
  • Share the card with your friends & family using #ThankYouEllen on social media
  • Follow GLAAD on Twitter and Facebook where we will be highlighting some ways Ellen has changed the game for LGBTQ representation through the week
  • Tune into The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Friday 4/28/2017 for to see the cast of Ellen reunite to commemorate the series’ groundbreaking “The Puppy Episode”
  • Share this post using #ThankYouEllen and tell us some of your favorite LGBTQ TV characters since Ellen came out
April 28, 2017