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RIP Naya Rivera: The Specific Importance of Santana to Femme-Presenting Gay Women

Rivera's "Glee" character was not just important, she was groundbreaking.

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As a young queer girl growing up in the south, I was lucky that my parents weren't homophobes.

My parents believed that people were sometimes born gay, and while they wouldn't "wish that harder life" on their children, they certainly made me and my sister believe that gay people were just as worthy of love as anyone else. I was lucky.

Still, in my relatively sheltered world of Northern Virginia (a rich suburb near Washington D.C.), homophobia wasn't as blatant as hate crimes or shouted slurs, but it was generally accepted that being straight was, simply, better.

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Happy Pride Month: Spongebob Is Queer

Nickelodeon confirmed that Spongebob Squarepants is a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community.

Though parades have been canceled for obvious reasons, we can't forget that Pride Month is upon us.

In lieu of in-person festivities celebrating the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, brands are using their social media platforms to share their support for the LGBTQIA community. Nickelodeon is among them, insinuating that one of their very own—Spongebob Squarepants—could very well be a gay (sponge)man. "Celebrating #Pride with the LGBTQ+ community and their allies this month and every month," the TV channel wrote on Twitter, along with a photo of everyone's favorite marine sponge.

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