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Margaret Cho Speaks on Discrimination She’s Felt As a Queer Asian Woman
Margaret Cho described feeling invisible as a bisexual woman because of the lack of representation and absence of leading figures in the media to whom she could relate as an Asian American and a  queer woman. Cho guest narrates the first episode of The Book of Queer, a five-part series that reflects on queer figures of the past, and their impact today and is a rousing celebration of queer joy. When asked what Pride Month meant to her, Cho asserted that it wasn’t about a singular parade or a short time taken out of the year to celebrate queerness. “I think that more than ever we have to celebrate ourselves and look to protecting our rights- whether that’s protecting trans kids, trans legislation or increasing our own visibility throughout the media,” she said. She declared it was vital for queer people to continue to be made visible and that through avenues like media and representation, LGBTQI -identifying individuals would be able to “maintain and advance our own rights and abilities to continue to exist and to thrive.” “My parents owned a gay bookstore in San Francisco, and I grew up in gay culture but the Korean society that we’re from doesn’t acknowledge queer culture. In fact, they still have gay pride parades in Korea but people are often not allowed to take photographs because they don’t want to have a witness to being there.
Big Boys deserves just as much hype as Heartstopper
Heartstopper was released to a hugely positive reception back in April – making the Netflix Top 10 in 54 countries, earning an immaculate 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes, and making instant teen sensations out of its lead cast (one of whom has already been cast in Doctor Who).Just weeks later, the very different but extremely buzzy and expensive-looking bi drama, Conversations with Friends arrived; and in the next few weeks alone we have supernatural teen drama, First Kill, the rebooted Queer as Folk and the final run of Love, Victor all on the horizon.That’s not even mentioning the absolute riot that is the new Fire Island movie on Disney+, which comes complete with Margaret Cho (!), a re-enactment of Marisa Tomei’s iconic Oscar-winning performance in My Cousin Vinny (!!) and MUNA covering a Britney classic (!!!!!).Gosh, isn’t it nice to have plenty of mainstream, explicitly queer-led stuff to pick from?But there’s another little gay treat that deserves all the hype, acclaim and fanfare in the world, and don’t you dare let it get lost in the melee: it’s Channel 4’s new six-parter, Big Boys.Created, written and narrated by comedian Jack Rooke, it’s the semi-autobiographical story of a university fresher in the early-2010s (played by Derry Girls’ Dylan Llewellyn) moving out, coming of age and dealing with a close family bereavement. He also, notably, has a fish named after his favourite journalist – Alison Hammond.Getting to grips with his sexuality is a key part of his story, from questioning whether he’s letting his late dad down to receiving helpful guidance on the benefits of a butt plug.