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Dear Wynonna Earp,
As queer people, we all have THAT moment. And I’m not talking about coming out. I’m talking that moment where we see ourselves for the first time ever in the media we consume. Personally, I thought I had had that moment. I thought that I had truly seen myself in the TV and movies I watched on a daily basis. Wynonna Earp‘s “Friends in Low Places” showed me how wrong I was.
Wynonna Earp delivered on one of the best hours of TV in “Friends in Low Places.” And it gave the LGBTQ+ community an unforgettable, romantic, and sensual reunion that I played over and over again because I wasn’t sure I was seeing this right. We, as queer people, are allowed to have this? We’re allowed to have moments of pure intimacy that aren’t given the male gaze of death? Are you sure? We are, aren’t we?
And that moment, that shining life-changing moment, happened to me in “Friends in Low Places” and to many Wayhaught fans who were watching this episode with bated breath. It’s proof that we are worth it. Worth having our stories told. Worth having our experiences reflected on screen. Worth every single thing that we have watched straight OTP’s get since the beginning of time.
That realization can change a persons life and I know that if it’s changed me, it’s changed fans all over the world for the better. And it’s all because of Wynonna Earp. It’s all because of Waverly Earp and Nicole Haught. It’s all because of Emily Andras. It’s all because of a dedicated team of actors and creators who knew how important this message is to queer people.
So, thank you. Thank you to Beau Smith for bringing this world to life. Thank you to Emily Andras for taking that work and developing it for TV. Thank you to Dominique Provost-Chalkley and Kat Barrell for being our Waverly and Nicole. Thank you to SYFY and IDW for funding this journey. And thank you Paolo Barzman for directing “Friends in Low Places.”
You have all created something that has made this world a more open, honest, and accepting place. And because of that, you’re timeless.
Queerly Not Straight posts every Tuesday with opinion pieces, listicals, reviews, and more focused on the LGBT community (and occasionally about the Latinx community since I am Latinx.)
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