Queer Geek News Roundup: September 11, 2016

A relatively slow week in queer geek news, but several good articles this week provided quality discussion fodder.

  • A German tabloid reported that Broadway veteran, Murder, She Wrote star, and all-around gay icon Angela Lansbury would join Game of Thrones for the series' seventh season in 2016. The report was subsequently denied by Lansbury's representatives, but we can still imagine who we'd like her to play. Lansbury verbally sparring with Dame Diana Rigg (the show's Lady Olenna Tyrell, the Queen of Thorns) would have been plenty entertaining.

  • Sony announced the PlayStation4 Pro, a more powerful version of its existing PS4 hardware. The PS4Pro offers the potential for higher image quality and framerates, but doesn't look like a massive upgrade.

  • Harry Potter series author JK Rowling famously outed iconic character Albus Dumbledore (posthumously) in 2007, and wrote another key character's lycanthropic (that is, werewolf!) affliction in a manner that many interpreted as a metaphor for AIDS—though Rowling has denied that she specifically intended said metaphor. In the new play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, lead characters Albus Potter and Scorpio Malfoy (pictured above) are in a relationship that's strictly platonic. For writer Aja Romano, Rowling's insistence on delegating queer characters and themes to subtext is a problem:

The Harry Potter franchise has established itself as a truly international phenomenon, touching fans across every possible cultural and ethnic background, of every possible gender and sexual orientation. But Harry’s story, and now the stories of Newt Scamander before him, and Albus Potter after him, are all stories about straight, cisgendered, European white men. In 2016, to many Harry Potter fans, that’s simply not an acceptable view of the wizarding world.

  • An uplifting new article and accompanying video from Vice depicts how gaming has provided a welcoming space for trans players:

Transgender people don't always feel at home within their biological families, or even in their own bodies. But for many, games—and the communities that play them—have proven to be an unexpected wellspring of social support. Whether through online play, real-life meetups, or livestreaming, trans people who game are connecting in greater numbers than ever before—and as they connect with one another, they come to better understand themselves.

As always, stay tuned to Geeks OUT for more coverage on these and other topics.