The Friend From Toronto (QR 045)

October 11, 2022

Kris is away this week, so Tara lit up the Queer Signal and her friend from Toronto, Amanda, showed up. Amanda and Tara talk different Pride events and their own queer journeys, before diving into recommendations.

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Official Recommendations

Tara describes Purposefully Accidental by G. Benson as an explosion of trope candy. Enemies to lovers? It’s in there. Slow burn? You betcha. Fake relationships? Of course! It follows the story of a famous actress coming back into contact with a childhood friend she once humiliated, who still holds a grudge. A grudge that develops into…romance!

Amanda’s recommendation is The Untamed (2019), which is a difficult TV series to sum up. It’s a fantasy historical Chinese drama set in a world where cultivators (spiritual warriors) battle evil spirits, demons, and sometimes each other in cross-clan conflict. But really, it’s just the story of two lovely boys who, while queer in the original source material, aren’t allowed to be overtly queer onscreen, due to censorship. That said, it’s still pretty gay and a great story.

Works/People Discussed

  • Yuri on Ice (MAPPA)
  • She Who Became The Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan
  • Simon Snow series by Rainbow Rowell
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race (Down Under, Secret Celebrity, UK)
  • Sand Talk by Tyson Yunkaporta
  • The Memory Librarian by Janelle Monáe
  • Dirty Computer (2018) by Janelle Monáe

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