The CW has just ordered a pilot for a show about a gender nonconforming beauty YouTuber who just graduated high school. After graduating, the show's lead, Marco (played by Ben J. Pierce), lands an internship in the beauty industry and goes on a journey of self-discovery while finding a place at their new job.
This could be a great opportunity for some proper LGBTQ+ representation, because gender nonconforming people have had their own unique struggles as opposed to many of the queer people that are already present on mainstream TV.
We can't forget to mention the backlash YouTuber James Charles receives frequently for wearing makeup as a man.
I guess some people have nothing better to do than complain about things that don't exist. Beauty influencer Charles came under fire for wearing makeup when someone called it gender discrimination. His use of makeup was compared with blackface and called "woman's face," which is not a thing.
Equality is supposed to be the goal here, and that means we need to disassociate makeup and gender entirely.
Tokyo Stylez has also been discriminated against for his looks and passion for hair, despite being a top celebrity stylist.
Tokyo Stylez is a celebrity hairstylist who is known for his wigs, and everyone with serious money gets their hair done by him. He says he dresses in a way that gets a lot of attention, and before his career took off he was made fun of for his looks. He says people used to "gay bash" him, but he didn't let that get in the way of his success, obviously.
Queer discrimination doesn't end in the beauty industry, naturally. Some men are made fun of just for having hobbies that are deemed feminine. This man didn't knit in public for years for fear of being judged.
Louis Boria, the founder of Brooklyn Boy Knits, says he didn't knit in public for the first few years of starting his business due to common stereotypes about his beloved hobby. But then he started knitting on his commute to and from work, and he reached internet fame after a picture of him knitting on the train went viral.
Hopefully, this new show from The CW can shed light on how dangerous gender norms and queer discrimination can be for all of us.