We talk a lot about representation here at The Niche. But I feel like something's missing from that conversation, a form of representation that hasn't been addressed yet. What is this form, you ask? It's when you're watching the show you hate-watch drunk every week with your best friends and said show suddenly becomes very … Continue reading Did Riverdale Base its New Season on That Esquire Article About Bennington College In The 1980s?
As a trans woman, I find it disconcerting that I can’t remember a single trans character from my childhood except for Alexis Meade from Ugly Betty. As a barely-out-of-the-closet queer 18-year-old, I watched the series with a feral intensity. I felt drawn to Marc’s unashamed flamboyance, his playful and loving friendship with Amanda, Betty’s ambition … Continue reading Wilhelmina Slater is the True Trans Woman of Ugly Betty
Inspired by this post. 1. What's your favourite flavour of ice cream? a) My own tears. b) Fake asthma medication. c) Cocaine. 2. Would you be comfortable coming out to your mother? a) Last year, on my birthday, she got me three gifts: a pack of rainbow-colored gel pens, a cassette of Madonna's greatest hits, and … Continue reading Niche Quiz: Which Emotionally Unstable Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with a Crush on Your Best Friend, Finn Wolfhard, Are You?
In the near present you, dear Nichers, will likely be seeing a lot about the BBC/Amazon mini-series of Good Omens. You probably already have—it's actually a little scary how many non-internet people I know who've asked me if I've heard about "this new show" like I don't have every page of the novel inscribed in … Continue reading These Man-Shaped Beings Are Gay and There’s Nothing Neil Gaiman Can Do About It (A Good Omens Primer)
I'm going to start this out by saying: if you haven't seen the Starz series Black Sails (2014-2017) leave this page right now and go watch it by any means necessary. Do you like Narrative? Do you like wrestling with Enlightenment ideals and the ideology of colonialism? Do you like love? Do you like romance? … Continue reading All Eternals Deck is a Concept Album About Black Sails’ James Flint
"WILL BYERS, 12, is a sweet, sensitive kid with sexual identity issues." In the Duffer Brothers' pitch for Stranger Things, this is the very first sentence we read about Will. He's recently come to the realization that he's not "normal," the pitch reads, by the standards of semi-rural suburbia. He is bullied for his "innocent choices," … Continue reading What I Want for Will Byers
I walk into a bookstore downtown at 4:30 in the afternoon. I graduated from university four years ago, but I still have a stressed-out aura about me. PENN BADGLEY'S INTERNAL MONOLOGUE: Well, hello there. Who are you? Based on your vibe, a student. A saucy little co-ed. Nice. I am wearing the sweatshirt that was … Continue reading Penn Badgley From “You” Follows Me Around For A Day
Rainn Wilson was born to play Prior Walter.
If you're like me - and you're almost certainly not - you like to dunk your buttered toast in hot chocolate and you think socks should be a legal requirement in public spaces. More relevantly though, you'll also have childhood memories of being up late at night with your hair in sponge curlers, a fire … Continue reading So You Want To Know Who From Classic TV Was Gay?
If, like me, you are trying to escape the hellscape that is being an alive human right now, you might find yourself turning to comfort TV. Let's look back on a simpler time, when Mike Schur and Tina Fey ran TV, and every single human being was straight. Here's a primer of the paltry scraps … Continue reading Supporting Male Characters of the NBC Comedy Golden Age, Ranked by Gayness