Queerly Not Straight: The Queer Glory That is 'Vagrant Queen'

Queerly Not Straight: The Queer Glory That is ‘Vagrant Queen’

In an effort to build a space for queer people like myself, every Tuesday I’ll be posting interviews, opinion pieces, listicals, reviews, and more focused on the LGBT community (and occasionally about the Latinx/WOC community since I am Latinx.) Welcome to Queerly Not Straight! Enjoy and leave a comment below if you have a suggestion for what I should cover next.


From the very moment Elida and Amae laid eyes on each other, there was something there. A spark, a moment, where the entire axis of their being shifted because of this other person. Now, for those that haven’t watch Vagrant Queen, you probably think I’m just blowing things out of proportion.

As queer people we are used to being queer baited. We’re given the beginnings of a promise, one where things are queer, romantic, and utterly beautiful. And before we can even blink or say, “That looks gay,” we’re shut down and told that we’re just seeing what we want to see or that our perception is skewed.

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Not with Vagrant Queen.

From the very moment that these two laid eyes on each other, there was interest. Looking back on the scene you can tell it from the way that Amae smiles at Elida and the way that this Vagrant Queen smiles back, looks down, and then licks her lips.

There’s no miscommunication.

There’s no “you’re seeing things that aren’t there.”

Vagrant Queen has no time for that nonsense. What it does have time for is showing the beginnings of a female friendship that has the workings of a great romance. And we are so here for it. In fact, we are so here for it that we’ve watched every scene between them multiple times. For science purposes but also because we’re not making things up.

Exhibit A. If this moment would’ve happened between a man and a woman, it would’ve been romantic, no doubt about it. You can see it in the way their bodies are pressed against each other, in the gentle smile on Amae’s face, and the surprise one on Amae’s. There’s fire between them; something blooming that makes moments like this charged with something more. And if Vagrant Queen keeps going the way that it is, I bet moments like this will definitely lead to something more.

Exhibit B. It isn’t just about the charged moments between these two. It’s about the small moments where they let each other know how special, how grateful, and how lucky one is to have the other. And we see it moments like this where the rough and tough Elida compliments the kind and hella talented Amae for being such a great pilot and friend. Because they appreciate the other and in many ways don’t know what they’d do without each other.

Exhibit C. The hesitation from Elida speaks volumes, people. She knows that Amae is her pilot. She knows that they’re friends, even though Elida is a big grump and doesn’t want anyone’s blood on her hands. But there’s something more between them and it’s absolutely visible in the way that Elida hesitates while explaining who Amae is to her. She can feel that there is something more, just like we can.

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And this isn’t even counting the scenes that haven’t aired yet. Because oh dear lord, they are on point, hot, and the ACTUAL beginnings of something beautiful blossoming between these two. And we are here for it, people! We are here for it in season one and hopefully season two because there’s no way that Syfy can pass on something so wonderfully queer as Vagrant Queen, right? RIGHT?!

With it’s new timeslot, it’s the perfect time to catch up on Vagrant Queen and prepare yourself for the queer loveliness that is Elida and Amae, the new queens of my Syfy loving heart!

Vagrant Queen airs Thursdays at 11/10c on Syfy.


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