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Pride Month Podcast Talking ‘Challengers,’ ‘Doctor Who’ & More! (Cosmic Circle Ep. 57)

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Happy Pride Month dear readers! It’s that time of year to celebrate everything Queer! Over here at The Cosmic Circus, we’re excited to share in the celebration with a very special podcast featuring some of our Queer contributors to the site, highlighting some of the LGBTQ+ media they’ve consumed since last Pride!

Join host Brian Kitson and fellow writers Cameron Brook and Izzy Friedman as they discuss some of their favorite Queer media. The trio discusses Challengers, Interview With the Vampire, Heartstopper, Our Flag Means Death, All of Us Strangers, Saltburn, and more!

What are you watching this Pride season? What are some of your favorite Queer shows and films? Let us know on social media @mycosmiccircus or in The Cosmic Circus Discord. If you enjoy this podcast, please consider sharing it with friends, following us on social media, or joining our Discord.


Ep. 57 Timestamps: Pride Podcast (Spoilers)

00:00 – Intros

01:55 – The State of the Gay Address. What has been different for LGBTQ+media since last year’s Pride Month? And talking about queerness in video games.

07:30 – Steps back in Queer media and attitudes this past year, and some positive signs

13:10 – Our Flag Means Death cancellation

14:15 – Different types of media preferences

18:30 – Heartstopper

19:50 – SPOILER WARNING for films and shows from the past year featuring LGBTQ+ characters

20:25 – A deep dive into Challengers starring Zendaya and two Twinks? Twunks? You decide!

27:25 – Challengers and comparisons to Saltburn

37:00 – Dead Boy Detectives and The Sandman discussion

42:40 – Interview with the Vampire

45:55 – Doctor Who “bringing the Gay”

49:00 – Star Wars, “the Gay in a galaxy far, far away…” (The Acolyte, Star Wars books, Obi-Wan Kenobi)

54:00 – Fan fiction, Queer coding and Queer baiting in media. (Lord of the Rings’ Sam and Frodo, Valkyrie and Captain Marvel)

56:40 – The Color Purple

57:40 – Queer Broadway plays and musicals (& Juliet, Suffs, Dracula: A Comedy of Terrors)

59:45 – Recommendations for LGBTQ+ media to read or watch

01:06:30 – Outros


Recommended articles about subjects from this episode

Cosmic Circle Ep. 40: LGBTQ+ Representation in Media

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What To Expect: Red, White, and Royal Blue 2

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Heartstopper Volume 5 Embraces Young Love and Growing Up

All of Us Strangers is a Haunting Ode to Love, Family, and Queerness

Hazbin Hotel Brings Heaven, Hell, Hilarity, and Heart to Prime Video

Cosmic Circle Ep. 48: The Best Movies of 2023

Review: All of Us Strangers is a Heart-wrenching Daydream

Book Review: The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Review: The Color Purple is Bold, Uplifting, and Brilliant

Review: Saltburn is a Devilishly Delightful Film

What to Expect: Heartstopper Season 3

Our Flag Means Death Season 2 Review: Romance is Back With A Vengeance

Bottoms Review: Superbad Meets Fight Club in this Gay Comedy


Podcast credits and show notes

Contributors/Writers
  • Brian Kitson
  • Izzy Friedman
  • Cameron Brook
Executive Producer/Editor
  • Lizzie Hill

Recorded on 6/9/24


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