Family, this is your favorite queer radio personality Anna DeShawn here with our queer news from today.
Angelica Ross delivers a beautiful LGBTQ State of the Union on Logo TV. GLAAD released it’s “Where We Are On TV” report and more lesbians are represented than ever before. We salute Mabel Hampton today for Women’s Herstory Month & I drop another audio drama recommendation just for you.
Our leading story for today is Angelica Ross’ LGBTQ State of the Union address presented by Logo. Did you see it? Well she stands in a stately room looking as beautiful as ever adorned with blonde curls and pearls in her ears with the inclusive gay flag behind her. The thirteen minute speech touches on the important topics facing the LGBTQ community; COVID-19, unemployment, the Equality Act, and the attacks on our trans fam across the country. Let’s take a listen to a portion of her speech where she speaks directly to our trans fam and in particular the young people [PLAY CLIP]. If you want to watch the entire speech I’ve included a link in the show notes.
In entertainment news, GLAAD is reporting that for the first time in history lesbians outnumber the number of gay male characters on broadcast television. In its annual “Where We Are on TV” report, GLAAD, which started analyzing LGBTQ representation on TV in 1996, found that queer women represent 56 of the 141 LGBTQ characters on scripted broadcast programs, or 40 percent, in the current 2021-2022 TV season. Gay male characters represent 49 of the total queer characters, or nearly 35 percent, on the five major broadcasters — ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX and The CW. Lesbian representation was given a boost on broadcast TV with the premiere of shows such as ABC’s “Queens,” CBS’ “NCIS: Hawai’i,” NBC’s “Law & Order: Organized Crime” and Fox’s “Pivoting” and “Our Kind of People.” Javicia Leslie, a bisexual actor who plays the lesbian superhero in the CW series “Batwoman,” attributed the uptick in lesbian representation to the onset of the #MeToo movement. She said, “It’s just really cool to be a part of not just a trend, but a change, you know, a shift where more inclusive stories are being told.” I also want to be clear is only for broadcast TV. The gays are still winning when you look at broadcast, cable, and streaming platforms but I think we’re all winning because there is more LGBTQ respresentation overall which is pretty dope. Check the link the show notes to read more about the numbers. Oh oh oh & since we’re talking LGBT representation on television the word is out and P-Valley is coming back for season 2 y’all in June. Get ready!
Now it is women’s herstory month & I will be sharing some of my favorite women who have made profound impacts on the world around them. The inequities women still face today are awful from the wage gap to attaining leadership positions to #MeToo. The journey has been long since the suffrage movement and there is still such a long way to go. So, telling these stories & learning more about these icons brings me so much joy.
So with that we salute a person I just learned about and wanted to share her story, Mabel Hampton.
Mabel Hampton born in 1902 in North Carolina, described herself as “always out.” She was a dancer, domestic worker, archivist, philanthropist, early lesbian activist; in her lifetime, Mabel Hampton was many, many things. As homophobia intensified through the 20th century, individual lesbians resisted, living their lives openly. Hampton was part of that & the Great Migration of African Americans from the Jim Crow South to Northern cities, transforming 1920s upper Manhattan into the epicenter of the Harlem Renaissance. Hampton spent the 1920s dancing in all-black productions and private parties with stars like Jackie “Moms” Mabley and Ethel Waters. She danced in a chorus line at Harlem’s Garden of Joy nightclub, which catered to a primarily gay and lesbian clientele. She eventually became an actress at the Cherry Lane theater. In 1979, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Coalition of Black Lesbians and Gays. A few years later, she was named Grand Marshal of the New York City Gay Pride March. She was the co-founder of the Lesbian Herstory archives in Newe York City and donated her photos, papers, & taped interviews. One of papers she wrote says, “I Mabel Hampton have been a lesbian all my life, for 82 years, and I am proud of myself and my people. I would like all my people to be free in this country and all over the world, my gay people and my Black people.” Yes Mabel Hampton, we see you and we salute you.
Now it is Friday which means I’m dropping another audio drama recommendation. You know I’m your audio drama evangelist. Today I want to recommend “The Two Princes”. This was the first audio drama I found, produced by Gimlet Media now owned by Spotify, has a star-studded cast and has such a wonderful storyline of mystery, adventure & love. You can tune-in to the latest episodes on Spotify and I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Let’s close out the week with a word from the Manifest Now book. By now y’all are really familiar with this one and I’m on the section titled “Think It”. Idil offers up 35 daily affirmations to help guide your journey to manifesting the life you want. She says to believe in it until it becomes your reality. We’ve all heard the saying “Believe it & you will receive it”. Well it is totally true. As I kept reading it got better too. She says, “If you consciously decide to go into your imagination and choose to experience something different, then you can rewrite your story.” Do you want to rewrite your story? Do you want a different outcome than the one in front of you? Well try this daily affirmation that says, “My mind is powerful. I can manifest what I want. I see the vision clearly. It is happening now.” Now say it with me, “My mind is powerful. I can manifest what I want. I see the vision clearly. It is happening now.” one more time & don’t worry about the people around you, “My mind is powerful. I can manifest what I want. I see the vision clearly. It is happening now.” Yes. Till Monday, family. Peace.
2022 LGBTQ State of the Union | Logo
In broadcast TV first, lesbians outnumber gay male characters