Lena Waithe Comments on Assault Allegations Made Against Her ‘Master of None’ Collaborator Aziz Ansari

In an interview with KPCC’s The Frame Thursday, Lena Waithe spoke for the first time on the sexual misconduct claim made against Aziz Ansari. Waithe, an out lesbian, is an actress and writer on Ansari’s award-winning Netflix series, Master of None and long-time associate of Ansari.

“Here’s the truthin every situation, it’s not always black and white,” Waithe said. “And I know that’s simple for people, and it’s easy for people to [ask], ‘Whose side are you on?’ There are no sides, really, in some of these scenarios. I’m not on Harvey Weinstein’s side, I’m not on Kevin Spacey’s side. But I think you have take each situation [individually]. You can’t just say, ‘Well, I’m on this person’s team’ or ‘I’m on that person’s team.’ It doesn’t work that way.”

To some degree, yesthe public’s reckoning with sexual harassment and assault is complicated and complex in ways that sometimes feels too nuanced for productive discussion on platforms like Twitter or Facebook. But simultaneously, it’s not that complicated at all: now is the time to be listening to women, believing women, and empowering others to speak up. The graphic, detailed, and controversial Aziz Ansari piece that was published on Babe has inspired much discourse on consent and the spectrum of harassment and assault.

For her work on Master of None, Waithe made history last year as the first black woman in history to win the Emmy for comedy writing. Her “Thanksgiving” episode took home the prize Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. And more recently, the Waithe-created Showtime drama The Chi debuted in January, and was just renewed for a second season.

“I think a big thing is, we have to have a dialogue,” Waithe said. “And I think if we’re unwilling to have a dialogue we’re gonna continue to keep hitting our heads against the wall. We have to start reeducating ourselves about what consent is, what’s appropriate behavior at the workplace.”

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A story like the one reported by Ashleigh Banfield on Babe has been dissected and censured, with some asking if Ansari’s behaviors “count” as assault. This sort of rhetoric is extremely damaging to the #MeToo movement and to survivors of assault, because it further urges victims to question whether a negative experience they had is bad enough to be discussed.

However, Waithe has been a champion for the Time’s Up initiative, and has advocated for better codes of conduct regarding sexual assault in the workplace.

“We have to create codes of conduct. Those are things that we need. ‘Cause also I think there’s an element of, ‘How do you know if you’re breaking a rule if you aren’t aware of the rules?’ Or ‘how do you know what appropriate behavior is if no one’s ever communicated to you what appropriate behavior is?’ Even though some people may assume, ‘Well, of course we all know what appropriate behavior is,’ but some people may not know.”

It’s bananas to think that a person might now know what counts as appropriate workplace behavior, but if #MeToo has showed us anything, it’s that men and women in the workplace are sometimes on very different pages.

“It’s about really educating ourselves and not stepping in it and just [saying], ‘Oh, I’m sorry. My bad,’ and sort of keep going,” Waithe said. “But it’s about really sitting with yourself and educating yourself in terms of what consent is, what it looks like, what it feels like, what it sounds like. And all of us starting to really act accordingly based on this new information that I think we have now. We all gotta start talking to each other, start educating each other.”

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Trump Administration Declines to Sign Statement Supporting Historic Marriage Equality Ruling

The United States has declined to offer its support for a historic ruling upholding same-sex marriage by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR).

Seven of the eight countries included in the LGBTI Core Group of the Organization of American States (OAS) issued a statement welcoming the January court decision, which paved the way for marriage equality in more than 20 countries. The IACHR ruling “reminds States of the obligation to guarantee and protect the rights of LGBTI persons across the region,” the declaration claims.

Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Uruguay all signed onto the statement. The United States did not.

Last month, the IACHR ruled countries under its jurisdiction must treat same-sex couples “without discrimination” in response to a petition from Costa Rica’s federal government, which asked the court to weigh in on LGBTQ rights. Judges said member nations in Latin and South America “must recognise and guarantee all the rights that are derived from a family bond between people of the same sex.”

The decision is legally binding in the 17 countries under the IACHR’s purview which have yet to legalize marriage equality: Barbados, Bolivia, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Suriname. Bolivia and Paraguay have explicitly banned same-sex unions.

The court has permitted governments, however, to issue “temporary decrees” until the decision could be fully implemented.

Effectuating the IACHR decision is likely to lead to a number of testy legal battles in this interim period. Costa Rica’s Superior Notary Council refused to certify same-sex marriage certificates over the objections of the federal government, claiming it was unable to do given national law prohibiting LGBTQ couples from wedding.

Mario Arias and Roberth Castillo, who were planning to wed in January, are challenging the notary board in court after their marriage was blocked.

Coincidentally, the LGBTI Core Group was formed to assist the IACHR in navigating these challenges. It’s mission is “to support the implementation of mandates contained in OAS resolutions on human rights, sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression,” as outlined in a 2016 press release.

Critics say the United States has failed to live up to the spirit of this pledge under the year-old Trump administration.

In October, the U.S. State Department was met with international condemnation after voting “No” on a United Nations resolution condemning the death penalty for adultery, apostasy, blasphemy, and homosexuality. Following backlash, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert claimed the vote stemmed from “broader concerns with the resolution’s approach in condemning the death penalty in all circumstances.”

But LGBTQ advocates say the White House’s failure to back the IACHR ruling is yet another indication its failure to uphold queer and trans rights.

“The Trump-Pence administration’s refusal to sign this statement in support of marriage equality and transgender rights is deeply troubling,” said Ty Cobb, director of Human Rights Campaign Global, in a statement. “As the administration unleashes a torrent of attacks on the LGBTQ community here at home, it is also abandoning LGBTQ people around the world.”

“We are in desperate need of leadership that will advance America’s commitment to LGBTQ human rights in the U.S. and abroad,” he added.

The Human Rights Campaign notes that the U.S. government did not sign onto the American Convention on Human Rights (ACHR), a 1969 pact which pledged compliance with IACHR decisions, which may explain its reasoning for not weighing in.

But the LGBTQ advocacy group did not find that persuasive.

“Canada also has not, but that did not prevent their leadership from signing the statement,” the HRC said in a press release. “It is also notable that Chile, which does not yet have marriage equality, and a number of countries that do not offer transgender individuals the option to legally change their official gender markers, signed the statement.”

Some LGBTQ People Think Amazon HQ Should Steer Clear of Anti-Gay States

Some LGBTQ rights advocates have started a campaign pleading with retail giant Amazon not to open its upcoming second headquarters in a state where discrimination against LGBT workers is still legal.

According to USA Today, nine of the remaining 20 cities on the Amazon HQ shortlist are in states where LGBTQ workers have no protections: Austin, Dallas, Nashville, Atlanta, Columbus, Indianapolis, Miami, Raleigh and the suburbs of Washington, D.C. in Northern Virginia.

“We were frankly just stunned that a company with such a great track record of equality and diversity had put all these states into the mix,” Conor Gaughan, the campaign’s ad hoc manager and communications consultant, told USA TODAY. The group will demonstrate near the Amazon headquarters in Seattle on Thursday.

Amazon is known for being a supporter of LGBTQ rights and has a gay and lesbian employee group called GLAmazon.

Even if cities have anti-discrimination policies, it’s important for states to have them, as well. When state and city laws contradict, it could spell trouble for LGBTQ people.

“Cities don’t really have the ability to protect people. So you get this, ‘Married on Friday, fired on Monday’ situation,” Mary Bonauto, civil rights project director at GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders, told USA Today. Bonauto is not associated with the activist group.

“Amazon should send a clear message to the states bidding for its new headquarters: Discriminatory policies are a non-starter no matter how many economic incentives are put on the table,” Joel Silberman wrote in U.S. News.

Other companies have spoken out against discriminatory laws by taking away business before. After the controversial bathroom bill HB2 passed in North Carolina, PayPal chose to take its business elsewhere and cancelled plans to open a headquarters there. Deutsche Bank halted expansion plans in the state, as well.

But How Gay is ‘A Fantastic Woman’?

In “But How Gay Is It?”, we seek to answer the biggest questions you have about a new movie release in theaters now including, most crucially, the titular question. Does the movie have any queer characters? Are there stories involving same-sex lovers? Which gay icons star in the film? We’re bringing you all that and more.

What is A Fantastic Woman?

The Chilean submission (and eventual nominee) for Best Foreign Language Film, director Sebastián Lelio’s A Fantastic Woman is one of the big non-U.S. films of the year. Lelio tells the story of Marina, a trans woman, who is in love with an older man, Orlando. When Orlando suddenly passes, Marina suddenly must deal with his family all of whom misgender, denigrate, and mistreat Marina at every turn. Despite their hatred, and a curious detective investigating the death who won’t leave Marina alone, she pushes on; the film is a chronicle of her perseverance.

Who’s in it?

The spotlight here is on Daniela Vega as Marina. She’s a trans actress, and she’s revelatory in the role. Every wince at another person questioning her identity cuts deep. She carries herself with power but seems to hide a timidity that someone will come along to strip that power from her at any moment. Truly, Vega’s performance is a terrific argument that trans actors should play trans roles: There are subtle moments and understandings of character that don’t come with acting training or empathy for a situation that isn’t yours. They must be lived personally to fully communicate them in performance.

Why should I see it?

It’s always worth checking out the foreign film nominees, as they’re often the movies with the most limited commercial play in the United States. But A Fantastic Woman would be worth the price of admission even if it weren’t a nominee. Vega is a revelation, and the movie itself is the kind of fresh, challenging, whimsical filmmaking so often produced in other countries and then ignored by American moviegoers.

But how gay is it?

It’s not. It’s a narrative about a trans woman.

I’ve mentioned previously (when reviewing I, Tonya) how a movie’s queerness and its gayness are not the same thing. The elements of a story that relate to a gay audience themes of fighting back against exclusion, intimacy between two people of the same sex (even when non-sexual) don’t need to be canonically gay to be queer. But only canonically gay content is really gay in the most explicit sense. It’s fun to joke about the twinks of Maze Runner, of course, but when it comes down to it, holding the film industry to a higher standard means asking for canonically gay characters and content.

Similarly, trans-centric narratives are not the same as gay narratives. There are gay trans people, but Marina is not gay. Often, “gay” and “trans” stories get sloppily thrown together, largely because the LGBT/LGBTQ acronyms include both. But to say a story is “LGBTQ” is nonsense; there are a lot of letters under that umbrella, and I’ve seen few works of art in my life that encompass every letter. A Fantastic Woman is about a straight, trans woman, who is in a relationship with a man. The main character is not gay, although the bigots around her do call her a “faggot.” Thus, there are queer themes in her story, but it isn’t a gay film.

Isn’t calling trans and gay stories different divisive?

It is, in the literal sense that we are dividing them into different things. But if you mean “divisive” as “we’re creating an antagonistic split,” then no, it’s not. The LGBTQ communities can obviously unite and rally together, as they often have. Much significant progress has been made in queer history thanks to the trans women who stepped up first. (This is why Roland Emmerich’s Stonewall movie which inserted a fictional white twink and sidelined real trans revolutionaries like Marsha P. Johnson was such a problem.)

But as gays, particularly white gay men, become more accepted and represented in culture, the burden falls upon us to be good allies and fight to get those stories not about us made and, when they are made, get them seen. Not everything needs to be about us. The Moonlights and Tangerines are still all too rare. A Fantastic Woman is a remarkable movie, both for its quality and for who it’s about. There’s not a white gay in it, which sadly will likely keep it from receiving the same vocal support that something like Love, Simon will. But it deserves all the hype in the world.

If you loved it so much, why wasn’t A Fantastic Woman on your 2017 top 10?

And why are you only reviewing it now? Because of how Oscar submissions work, particularly for the tricky foreign film category, A Fantastic Woman received a qualifying release for the 2017 Oscars despite only coming out in wider release (though not quite “wide” release) now. So it’ll likely be on my 2018 lists, since I go by release dates, not qualifying dates.

Should Daniela Vega have been nominated for Best Actress?

Without question. One day, a trans performer will get an Oscar nomination. It’s a shame it couldn’t have been this year.

A Fantastic Woman is in select theaters now.

This New LGBTQ-Crowdfunding Platform Offers Community-Oriented Options

Enrique Ramirez didn’t want to ask for help.

“My pride was in the way,” he says. “I was embarrassed and ashamed and anxious about it.”

A queer trans man, Ramirez had been homeless on and off over the span of a few years, and the government assistance he received wasn’t cutting it. A friend helped him gather the courage to launch a GoFundMe campaign to meet his living expenses, the first of a few he would launch. He says he wished there was a more private way to ask for help.

Rachel Blank and Cortney Scott have heard a lot of stories like Ramirez’s as of lateand they have their own. Blank says traditional crowdfunding platforms, while heavily-utilized by LGBTQ people for everything from business ventures to gender-affirming surgeries, aren’t always ideal for queer people.

Blank and Scott, an engaged couple looking to have a baby, created the site out of personal necessity.

“We started looking at it and were kind of blown away with how complicated all the different options can be and how insanely expensive,” Blank says.

The couple wanted to try reciprocal in vitro, where one partner provides eggs while the other carries the pregnancy. But a single try, they learned, would cost them between $40,000 to $60,000.

“I was like, ‘I wish we could just ask people for this for our wedding present rather than them giving us stuff we don’t need,’” says Blank.

Blank and Scott longed for a space where they could learn about their family planning options while simultaneously raising money among a supportive community. The more they talked about it, the more it seemed like other LGBTQ people might want that, too.

“Instantly, it was like, well, what about trans people that want to transition?” says Blank, whose sister is transgender and pent a decade waiting for gender-affirmation surgery due to cost. “Or what about people that are in crisis? It was a pretty obvious move for us–let’s make this for the entire community.”

So, she and her fiancee started their own crowdfunding platform specifically for LGBTQs: Pride Pocket.

Early on, Blank and Scott’s queer friends and family offered up a laundry list of challenges they had encountered in trying to raise money through other crowdfunding platforms like GoFundMe or Kickstarter.

“There’s these great advancements in crowdfunding, and the problem with that, for a lot of queer people, is that there’s no privacy,” CEO Britney Achin tells INTO. “What if you want to transition but you’re not out? And what if, because you’re gay, you finally came out to your parents and they kicked you out? And now you have nothing, but you’re afraid that the rest of your community might turn on you, too? What do you do?”

Crowdfunding sites tend to offer myriad options to donors wanting to keep their gifts anonymous. But for those asking for funds they have historically promoted visibility, both as a means of maintaining accountability to donors and increasing outreach. GoFundMe requires fundraisers to use their full names for sake of transparency, the site notes.

Pride Pocket offers three privacy options. For those wanting maximum security, users can run a campaign that is invite-only, meaning the campaign owner can choose who sees the fundraiser, with donors having to login. Or users can create a campaign where only those who have the link can access it, and it’s still not searchable online. For those wanting maximum visibility, there’s also the option of an entirely public campaign.

The company also doesn’t pull a percentage from the money fundraised. Instead,the company takes a 2.9 percent surcharge from donors to cover its costs.IndieGogo, for example, takes a five percent fee from funds raised and charges a three percent transaction fee. Kickstarter’s fees are nearly identical.

Pride Pocket also functions as a hub for free resources and content for LGBTQ people, hosting information on family planning, transitioning, and legal rights. Finally, Pride Pocket has built-in privacy settings allowing users to raise money for LGBTQ-related causes without having to out themselves or leave an internet footprint.

Ramirez says he would definitely be interesting in using those kinds of Pride Pocket privacy settings in future campaigns. He also appreciates that the person running the fundraiser keeps all of their donations.

“It sounds really really helpful and compassionate and considerate towards the community,” he says.

Achin says Pride Pocket aims to do more than serve as a fundraising platform, and a large part of her role is generating articles and resources for users. Blank and Achin envision a site that connects LGBTQ advocates and organizations to users. Need legal advice? Pride Pocket will provide a list of LGBTQ legal advocacy organizations. Thinking of raising money for chest binders? Pride Pocket is partnering with Point of Pride, a non-profit that, among other things, operates a binder donation program.

LGBTQ activist and entrepreneur Kayce Brown has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars on Kickstarter for several different ventures. She welcomes the addition of an LGBTQ-specific platform like Pride Pocket.

“I think it’s really important to be able to focus on your community,” Brown says. She noted that she was successful in campaigning for LGBTQs because the community showed up for itself, and allies followed.

Bren Coombs, an entertainment producer who has many successful crowdfunding campaigns, suggests a queer fundraising platform can benefit entrepreneurs and arts, too.

Raising money on Kickstarter was much easier when it first launched in 2009, Coombs says. Since, oversaturation has made it harder and harder for projects to gain traction on the site.

“I think that would be particularly helpful to have it geared just toward the LGBT community in that things can kind of get lost in the other platforms,”they say. “You’re having to go onto Facebook or Twitter or chatrooms or sending emails to your herd to get those other platforms out there so that people are aware of them. But if it’s already in-house on a platform that is geared toward the people that you want to get involved, then I feel like that would be a lot easier to get people to know what you’re doing and notice it.”

Those wanting to test out Pride Pocket will have to wait a little longer. The site is still in beta testing, expected to launch this spring.

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Google Won’t Say Why It Removed Gay Apps From Play Store in Indonesia

Google has reportedly removed 73 LGBTQ-focused apps from the Play Store in Indonesia following persistent pressure from the country’s government.

Communications minister Noor Iza claimed in a Wednesday interview with the Agence France-Presse (AFP) that Blued, a meetup service which has amassed 27 million users, was removedalong with dozens of other apps connecting LGBTQ people in the Muslim-majority country.

He said it was removed following complaints.

“There was some negative content related to pornography inside the application,” Iza told the French news agency. “Probably one or some members of the application put the pornographic content inside.”

Google declined to respond to an inquiry from the AFP as to why the search engine and global technology company complied with the government’s demands to block LGBTQ apps.

Its public relations team also did not reply to multiple requests for comment from INTO.

As INTO previously reported, the Indonesian government has been attempting to block LGBTQ locals from accessing Blued for years without much success. Iza claimed two years ago that the app would be banned along with two other gay chat services: BoyAhoy and Grindr (note: the latter is INTO’s parent company).

The minister called the social networks “deviant sexual content” in an earlier interview with the AFP.

Despite the government’s claims, preventing access to Blued has been easier said than done. The company, which offers both an app and a web-based platform for users, changes its Domain Name System (DNS) whenever the government shuts the site down. Federal authorities blocked five domains in October of last year: blued.cn, blued.tw, blued.us, bluedapp.com, and bluedofficial.tumblr.com.

Blued reportedly continues to be available in the iTunes store, as Apple has yet to remove the app.

The recent move coincides with an attempt by the Indonesian government to enforce harsh penalties on homosexuality in a proposed update to its criminal code. Lawmakers are weighing an amendment to the Indonesian Criminal Code banning sex outside of marriagewhich would likely target LGBTQ people, as the government doesn’t recognize same-sex unions.

Lawmaker Arsul Sani claimed gay intimacy would be “considered the same as adultery, where men and women having sex outside marriage can be considered a crime.”

A conviction under the updated codes could result in a five-year prison sentence.

Human Rights Watch has estimated that more than 400 LGBTQ people have been arrested in Indonesia over the past year and a half, as the once-tolerant nation has taken a hard turn toward religious conservatism. Last October, police arrested 58 men in a raid on a Jakarta sauna known to be a hotspot for gay men.

Most recently, a dozen trans women in the province of Aceh were arrested, their heads shaved by police, and forced into conversion therapy.

Three Years Later, Left Shark Tells All

Three years after Left Shark stumbled through Katy Perry’s Super Bowl halftime show and into our hearts, the bipedal selachimorph tells all.

In a new interview with NPR, Left Shark reveals that he is not, in fact, a shark. He is actually a dancer who wore a shark suit one time back in early 2015 but is otherwise a human dancer named Bryan Gaw. Gaw worked on a bunch of Katy Perry’s tours before leaving the industry to become a hair stylist in West Hollywood, as humans do.

But that’s not even the biggest reveal. Read on!

Left I mean Gaw also revealed that he didn’t mess up his “Teenage Dream” choreo as so many of us believed at the time, leading to one of the most memed and overmemed moments of 2015. It turns out that being “a little goofy” was a character choice Gaw made.

“So, there’s a set choreography. There’s also what’s called freestyle choreography, or, like, you get to move around or play your character as a dancer, right?” Gaw told NPR. “You have flexibility because you are your own character. I’m in a 7-foot blue shark costume. There’s no cool in that. So, what’s the other option? I’m gonna play a different character.”

Gaw goes on to say that this “different character” was that of “the underdogthe everyday person.” He said he wanted viewers to understand that “you don’t have to be perfect” because “nobody has to be perfect in life.

A character within a character. I guess the real Left Shark were the friends we made along the way.

Grey’s Anatomy Casts Candis Cayne for ‘Groundbreaking’ Trans Storyline

Grey’s Anatomy has brought on Candis Cayne for a major transgender storyline. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Cayne will play a trans patient who comes to Grey Sloan for a “groundbreaking” vaginoplasty surgery. The storyline is inspired by the story of Hayley Anthony, a woman who helped Mount Sinai’s director of surgery at the Center for Transgender Medicine create a new procedure for vaginoplasty surgeries.

“[The surgery] revolutionizes the making of a vagina and we thought that was a really cool story and Candis is playing a character inspired by something we read,” Grey’s Anatomy showrunner Krista Vernoff told the Reporter.

Grey’s Anatomy has already done a lot of work to up trans representation on television. This past season, out trans actor Alex Blue Davis came out as a “proud trans man” on the show after first saving the hospital from a hacker threatening multiple patients’ lives.

Cayne was the first trans actress to play a recurring trans character in 2007 on ABC’s Dirty Sexy Money.

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Canada Is One Step Closer to Making Its National Anthem Gender-Neutral

The Canadian Senate voted on Wednesday to remove gender-specific language in its national anthem.

Written by Robert Stanley Weir in 1908, the third line of the English-language version of “O’ Canada” reads “true patriot love in all thy sons command.” Senate bill C-210, which was approved in a voice vote yesterday, would alter the line to “true patriot love in all of us command.”

The proposal was first put forward in the upper house of the legislature two years ago, but has stalled multiple times due to conservative opposition.

Before being adopted by the Canadian government as the official anthem in 1980, the song went through numerous changes. “O’ Canada” was originally composed in the late 19th century by Calixa Lavallée to celebrate St. Jean-Baptiste Day. A former Union Army soldier who served in the American Civil War, he set the music to a poem by Sir Adolphe-Basile Routhier.

This is one of dozens of attempts to excise the word “sons” from the tune, although the gendered reference is not present in the original French.

The bill’s sponsor celebrated Wednesday’s vote as overdue progress.

“There’s been 30 years plus of activity trying to make our national anthem, this important thing about our country, inclusive of all of us,” Sen. Frances Lankin, an independent lawmaker from Ontario, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). “This may be small, it’s about two words, but it’s huge. We can now sing it with pride knowing the law will support us in terms of the language.”

“I’m proud to be part of the group that made this happen,” she added.

One of the bill’s leading opponents, Manitoba conservative Sen. Don Plett, said he was “disappointed” by the vote. He felt the issue should have been decided in a national referendum.

“It’s been a long fight,” Plett told the CBC. “I believe the Canadian public wanted a say in our national anthem, just like they had in the great Canadian flag debate. This is an issue for the Canadian public to decide, not just a couple of Independent senators.”

This is only the latest move by the Canadian government to become more gender-inclusive.

In August, the country announced that it would be rolling out a gender-neutral option on passports, making it the first in North America to allow an “X” for those who identify outside the “M” and “F” binary. Australia, Denmark, New Zealand, and Pakistan have made similar moves on travel documentation.

JK Rowling Wants to Mute All the Haters in Her Mentions Over Gay Dumbledore Controversy

JK Rowling has a button for all the people mentioning her in Twitter conversations about the new Fantastic Beasts sequel: the mute button.

Earlier this week, fans of the Harry Potter franchise spoke out against Fantastic Beasts director David Yates, who said that Dumbledore’s queer sexuality will not be a part of the upcoming Beasts sequel. Anger at Yates turned into anger at the Potter series’ original author JK Rowling, who outed Dumbledore as gay in 2007.

“Being sent abuse about an interview that didn’t involve me, about a screenplay I wrote but which none of the angry people have read, which is part of a five-movie series that’s only one instalment in, is obviously tons of fun, but you know what’s even *more* fun?” Rowling tweeted.

However, Rowling’s dismissal of the issue did not go over well with many fans, who responded that her “muting” them was not good form.

Well, when it comes to queer representation, the LGBTQ community is patient. Here’s hoping the Beasts sequels finally decide to deal with its main characters’ sexuality. Until then, there’s always fanfic.