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.
If you’re like me, Tik Tok has been a godsend this pandemic. It’s enabled me to connect with different LGBTQ+ creators, voices, and artists from all over the world that I wouldn’t have encountered otherwise. And when I close the app for the day, there are some creators that stick with me long after. That’s how I feel about cosplayers and content creators TT Bret and Sirussly.
Scrolling through their Tik Tok profiles, it’s easy to be wowed by their creativity. From Remus Lupin to Sirius Black and a whole slew of original characters, they have every down packed. And it’s their dedication to the perfect beard, the perfect quote, and the perfect hair that helps encapsulate their performance as cosplayers. And that’s not even the best of what they do.
TT Bret and Sirussly are creators of original LGBTQ scripted series on Tik Tok. And, sorry for the use of language here, but they’re pretty fucking great. Life in the Doorway tells the story of two friends who are sort of…maybe in love with each other and the events that lead to them being true to themselves. And believe it or not, this was also a way for TT Bret and Sirussly to be true to each other and explore their romantic feelings. (Swoon alert!)
Sirussly explained, “If you’ve seen our original series, Life in the Doorway, which is about Connor and Gabriel…we wrote, filmed, and released all of that when we weren’t together. And it was basically a love letter to each other about how we were secretly pining for each other.” She went on to say, “It’s literally like a fanfiction.” and we couldn’t agree more.
It’s especially true when you take into consideration how these two look at each other. There is love, admiration, and so much trust in their eyes that you can feel it coming through their work in Life in the Doorway. The same thing could be said for The Apex, their other series about two individuals who live in a society where emotion is a big ol’ no and how they find freedom with each other. (Both have a season two in the works.)
And when asked about how they created these worlds on Tik Tok original stories they were quick to praise the community they’ve found, gave some tips on how to start, and reinforced this idea that anyone with an idea can do what they do.
“It’s very accessible and it’s fun.” TT Bret explained, “I think a lot of the time people come in the beginning with very professional level work, people are intimated in turn when it comes to engaging with that. So it’s really fun when I started the HPR community, like I said, I had a crappy web cam. I was using a weird green filter. And the makeup was terrible. And it was really fun though because the community sprouted…probably because it felt more accessible and people were like, “Oh, I can do that.”
And you can. All it takes is a little bit of love, patience, and tons of practice when it comes to getting the perfect stubble and that winning smile that both of these two have mastered.
Want to learn more about these two amazing creators? Check out the rest of the interview with TT Bret and Sirussly below where we dive right LGBTQ representation, their favorite cosplays, and so much more:
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.)