Stranger Things’ Shannon Purser wants her coming out as bi to help young people

Shannon Purser is Ethel Muggs in Riverdale

Stranger Things’ and Riverdale star, Shannon Purser, wants her coming out as bisexual to help young people.

Purser who played the much beloved Barb in the sci-fi hit Stranger Things, came out last year on Twitter. She had been embroiled in argument with Riverdale fans about queerbaiting when she revealed her sexuality.

‘I don’t normally do this, but I figure now is just as good a time as any to get personal,’ she said at the time.

‘I’ve only just recently come out as bisexual to my family and friends. It’s something I am still processing and trying to understand and I don’t like talking about it too much.’

Purser revealed since she came out that a lot of young people are opening up to her about their sexuality. They’ve told her that her coming out has helped them be brave to come out themselves.

‘That’s what matters most to me. That’s the best compliment I’ve ever received,’ Purser told People.

It shouldn’t matter what your sexuality is

On a promotional tour for her new Netflix film, Sierra Burgess Is a Loser, the 21-year-old actor said she wants to be a good role model.

‘I would love for us to get to a point in society where it doesn’t really matter what your sexuality is, but right now there is a lot of turmoil around that issue, a lot of controversy where there shouldn’t be,’

Purser said she does not consider herself ‘the perfect role model’ but she wants to ‘try to encourage young people and be somebody that they can look up to’.

‘I just always think about what would I have needed as a kid, what would have meant a lot to me?’ she said.

‘If somebody can see me and feel less alone and more understood, than that’s it.’

Netflix’s LGBTQ Film section is mostly gay men and people aren’t happy

MAJORITY of films on Netflix are gay LGBTQ Films

A viral Twitter thread has dragged Netflix because of the lack of diversity in their LGBTQ Film section.

Despite the whole acronym being included in the classification, there are a disproportionate amount of films focusing on gay men.

The conversation sparked when Twitter user @dspxna wrote: ‘Someone let netflix know that 678 gay men films and 2 lesbian films doesn’t make a lgbtq section [sic.]’.

That’s a slight exaggeration, but the stats weigh up. We counted.

At the time of writing, there are 42 LGBTI films on Netflix UK (where the Tweeter is from). Of those, four films featured groups of mixed sexuality, or were non-fiction. But gay men won the majority of the representation, with 24 films starring gay characters. Second to that, lesbian films counted to 10.  Bisexual people led four films.

Only one featured a transgender woman (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert), but they were not the protagonist.

Unsurprisingly, the vast majority of these films star white main characters.

Worst of all? The Babadook was nowhere to be seen.

It’s not just diversity

While the number of likes shows how many people agree, it also raised discussion about the quality of LGBTI films on Netflix.

One Twitter user noted that many of these movies are marked as ‘Mature’, making in inappropriate for under-18s. It’s also testament to the amount of films about the LGBTI community that revolve around sex.

‘it’d also be nice to have some ones that aren’t rated M. like. almost all of the lgbt films i’ve seen are either rated M or NR’

On Netflix UK, 14 of the films are rated M, six are rated 18, and 2 are rated ‘Adult’. This is compared to 16 rated ’15’, two rated ‘Guidance’, one rated ‘Teen’, and one rated ‘All’. Of all the lesbian films, only one is rated ’15’.

Others complained about the quality of the films. That, of course, goes down to taste…

‘You’re right. there’s far more “gay men”-films than “lesbian”-films on Netflix. But can we also talk about the quality of these films? Some of these are pretty bad, with a few exceptions. Must say the ratio on Australian Netflix is a little better [sic.]’.

Others have noted the trope, Bury Your Gays, as well as the fact most of these films center queerness as opposed as simply having queer characters in main roles:

‘But they’ll probably end up making more tragic love stories which inevitability ends with one of them dying. Can’t we get some classic romcoms (but minus the misogyny, and creepy entitled persons) for fucking once. Plus where them being queer isn’t the main point [sic.]’.

While it’s up to Netflix to address the diversity, we’ll be sitting down to watch the best LGBTI film of all time: The Babadook.

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Will Gillian Anderson play Margaret Thatcher in Netflix’s The Crown?

two photos. one on the left is of gillian anderson with bob length blond hair and glass standing in front of a media wall. on the left is an iconic shot of margaret thatcher, she is sitting with her hands clasped under chin

Makers of the Netflix series The Crown are keen to get bisexual actress, Gillian Anderson, to play former British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher.

Currently in production for season three, The Crown, follows the life of Queen Elizabeth II from the 1940s to modern times.

The Crown’s writer, Peter Morgan, is reportedly keen to get Anderson –  who is also his girlfriend – to play the role of the Conservative Thatcher who served as British PM from 1979 to 1990.

It won’t be the first time the pair has worked together. Morgan who also wrote, The Queen, worked with Anderson on the 2006 film, The LAst King of Scotland.

‘Gillian is an excellent actress, so it would be a real coup to get her,’ a source told the Mail.

Anderson, 50, is best known for her roles as FBI agent Dana Scully in the sci-fi series, the X-Files. The American-British actress more recently impressed critics and audiences as an obsessive detective in the crime thriller, The Fall. In that series she plays a bisexual detective and shares some steamy scenes with Archie Panjabi.

She also hit the stage in the Vic’s production of A  Streetcar Named Desire.

Thatcher is not expected to make an appearance on The Crown until late into its fourth season.

The Crown’s third season is being filmed at the moment and stars Olivia Coleman as the Queen, replacing Claire Foy in the titular role. Helena Bonham Carter will take over the role of Princess Margaret. While, Tobias McKenzie will play the Queen’s husband, Prince Phillip, replacing Matt Smith.

Despite the online excitement at the prospect of Anderson playing Thatcher, the actress has not revealed her plans.

The actress’ representatives tole The Telegraph they ‘don’t ever comment on speculative casting’.