“Queer people were forced to talk to each other through code, and when non-queer people found how we…”

“Queer people were forced to talk to each other through code, and when non-queer people found how we communicated they took advantage of it. Used the language we created and turned it against us, using symbols and making them stereotypes, using how we talked to each other and saw ourselves in film to weave in the message that our community was evil and depraved. Pushing us to connect with villains, and forcing people outside our community to see us as monsters. And we still see the remnants of this cruelty today.”

Laura Mills (Queen Christina, Queer Coding and Queer Baiting)

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