There is a tension here though. It’s good and proper for people to demand LGBT representation in media.

If she didn’t want to come out she obviously didn’t have to. But LGBTQ people have every right to demand representation and inclusion.

Straight is the default. Most people are straight and cis. If people are not out, the presumption of straightness is there whether we like it or not.

It’s unfortunate that she felt pulled out of the closet, but given the real tension that exists between representation and appropriation, the result was in some ways inevitable.

I mean it’s not like we’re going to stop demanding that people stop appropriating. We should not and must not.

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Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot. jamesfinnwrites@gmail.com

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