Queer Geek News Roundup: August 6, 2017

  • As if Milkshakegate wasn't dire enough, the week also saw Captain Kirk himself going alt-right, [ranting about "SJWs", "misandry", and "snowflakes"] (http://nymag.com/selectall/2017/07/william-shatner-attacks-sjws-and-outlander-fans-on-twitter.html) in the midst of a dispute with fans of Starz's Outlander. Shatner also took the time to allege that Star Wars writers were conspiring against him, presumably out of rivalry against the Star Trek franchise.

In a Heartbeat creators Esteban Bravo and Beth David, via the New York Times.

  • In more uplifting news, In A Heartbeat, a crowdfunded animated short about a closeted boy being outed by his own anthropomorphic heart (don't worry, it ends happily) has already racked up 16 million YouTube views as I write this (I'm guessing it'll be close to 20 million by the time this is posted), and earned positive press coverage from media outlets as high-profile as the New York Times. As the Times points out, it's reassuring that stories like this can find support in an oft-ugly world: >>The release of “In a Heartbeat” might seem particularly timely given recent headlines. President Trump has announced a ban on transgender people serving in the military, and his Justice Department has asserted that civil rights law doesn’t protect gay employees from discrimination. But the filmmakers say that their intent was not political when they posted their short online at the end of July... “If anything we’re just glad that we’re getting to release it right now because I feel, and we both said, it’ll help change some people’s perspectives around the amount of controversy and hatred that’s been going around lately,” Mr. Bravo said. “We just hope that this helps to change, or begin changing, what people think about people in this community and try to understand them better.”