You should, actually, fuck a peach

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We all know the scene in Call me by your Name. Elio — who is raging with the inimitable fervor of adolescence — lays down and gets to work relieving his boredom and sexual frustration in an, erm, interesting way.

He jabs his fingers into a ripe peach and plucks out the pit, sunset-gold juice splattering across his chest and abdomen. Then Elio rolls the peach around in his hands while looking up at the ceiling. Is he really going to…? you think. Elio unbuttons his bermuda shorts and moves the peach down to his crotch. Every sound is heightened.

We hear smushing, gushing, ripping, and gasping without ever seeing what exactly Elio is doing with the peach. But then again, we don’t need to. We know. The camera stays locked on Elio’s face, obliging us to watch the series of strange face contortions Elio  performs.

It feels like we’ve stumbled into a teenager’s bedroom at the worst possible time and haven’t closed the door behind us and mumbled our apologies. The scene of eccentric self-pleasure quickly crescendos into Elio heaving out a trite “fuck” and the moment is over. Elio places the soiled peach onto the nightstand beside him. A character has just fucked a peach on screen for the first time in cinema.

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Andi Mack delivers gay teen romance in show’s finale

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Disney’s Andi Mack concluded its three-season run with a series finale that included the first gay romance on Disney Channel. Spoilers ahead.

The show already made history with its character Cyrus, who earlier in the show admitted to his friend Buffy that he had a crush on Andi’s boyfriend, Jonah. Later, Cyrus became the first character on Disney Channel to say the words “I’m gay” when he came out to Jonah.

Andi Mack pushed that storyline even further during its series finale episode where Cyrus and his friend TJ appear to embark on a romantic relationship. TJ shares with Cyrus his real name and the conversation progresses from there…

The series finale concluded with the gang singing along to Born This Way by Lady Gaga.

First trailer for the Steven Universe film

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The very queer cartoon series Steven Universe just dropped a trailer for its upcoming movie adaptation. The show follows a group of genderless aliens called The Crystal Gems. They, along with half-human, half-Gem Steven, attempt to save Earth from the uncaring rulers of the Gem Homeworld.

The show, which also featured a same-sex wedding, made history when it won its first GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Kids & Family Program this year. It was, in fact, the first animated series to do so.

The Real Thing

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The seven-minute film The Real Thing, which screened at the 2017 Outfest in Los Angeles and the 2018 New England Film Festival, follows Allie (Sophie Giannamore), who has transitioned while her soldier father has been on an active tour of duty.

Unfortunately for Allie, her classmates and teachers have yet to accept her as her authentic self ― and when she returns home to spot her dad standing in her room, she’s worried he’ll react similarly.

Pre-drink

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Alexe and Carl are pre-gaming at her place before meeting up with their friends at a bar. Alexe just transitioned, and this boozy evening might change the dynamics of their friendship forever as the two decide to have “no strings attached” sex.

 

Is Stranger Things’ Will gay?

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The new season of Stranger Things dropped on Netflix a few days ago and after two seasons of abduction and possession, Noah Schnapp’s character Will Byers  spends the first half of the latest run with a far more human issue on his hands – all his friends have coupled up and all he wants to do is get back to the good old days of cycling around and playing D&D.

One scene from the show’s third episode, titled The Case of the Missing Lifeguard, though, hints at the Will’s sexuality. Spoilers ahead.

The scene in question sees Will attempting to interest Lucas and Mike in a new Dungeons & Dragons campaign, but it’s obvious that he’s the only one really into the game. The other two boys laugh off his enthusiasm and derail the game with conversation about their respective girlfriends, frustrating the already disheartened Will.

Fed up, Will calls an end to the campaign and rushes out of Mike’s basement, though both Mike and Lucas attempt to call him back. Mike rushes out after his friend and this happens:

Now, obviously this could just be an angry comment thrown out during an argument, but the charged silence and the look of stunned betrayal on Will’s face suggest that Mike’s words have a bit more weight than suggesting that Will just doesn’t like girls yet. Mike apologises, swearing he’s not trying to be a jerk and goes on about how everyone’s growing up, but Will still leaves, even more upset with his friends.

While it’s never discussed or even hinted at again, we can’t help but consider if this is the Duffer Brothers’ way of alluding to Will’s sexuality. Unlike Robin’s coming out scene, the idea that Will might be gay doesn’t lead to an intimate conversation or touching moment between friends.

But the implication does bring back a conversation that began in season one when Stranger Things fans were questioning Will’s sexuality. In the freshman season, Will is continuously referenced by the group’s bullies using homophobic slurs and his story of being dragged into the Upside Down and left for dead was likened to how queer characters are often treated as “other” or thrown in the closet.

Back then Noah Schnapp said that for him Will’s sexuality is besides the point but it looks like many fans disagree.