12 pop culture moments that helped us survive 2020

Kaley Cuoco in The Flight Attendant Episode 1, "In Case of Emergency" -- Photograph by Phil Caruso
Kaley Cuoco in The Flight Attendant Episode 1, "In Case of Emergency" -- Photograph by Phil Caruso /
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While it’s not secret that the current presidential administration hasn’t been particularly kind to the LGBTQ community, there were several instances of pop culture moments that pushed the topics they live with to the forefront. A decade after The L Word ended it’s original run, a sequel series was green-lit at Showtime and featured the return of character favorites like Bette Porter (Jennifer Beals), Shane McCutcheon (Kate Moennig), and Alice Pieszecki (Leisha Hailey). Schitt’s Creek went on to become one of the most celebrated LGBTQ-friendly comedy series of all time. And, a little documentary called Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen made it’s way to Netflix.

Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in January, Netflix acquired distribution rights for Disclosure and released it on their streaming platform in June. The documentary follows an in-depth look at Hollywood’s depiction of transgender people and the impact of their stories on transgender lives and American culture.

Narrated by Laverne Cox, the documentary features commentary from trans actors and activists including Jamie Clayton, Chaz Bono, Trace Lysette, Angelica Ross, and Brian Michael Smith. Disclosure is the first time the world is given a glimpse into the lives of trans characters through the lens of the trans people who have played them throughout the years. Eyeopening, groundbreaking, and engrossing, this documentary shines a light on the history and effects of how transgender lives are portrayed on screen–and shows how much work still needs to be done on improving those stories.

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