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It left my teacher, who would have preferred to see my prolificacy manifest in some original writing, unmoved. And those being the pre-internet days, there was no one to tell me otherwise. So my subversion remained solitary, my safe space a secret, my community imaginary, and my belonging absolute.

It would be many years before Wives seeking sex SD Pine ridge 57770 discovered that fandoms were tangible spaces, that fan fiction was an authentic coping mechanism when you were marginalized in the real world. For many years, this place was my lesbian bury, both as a fledgling author inspired by Jordan to write fantasy, and as a space where, finally, I did not feel abnormal for being myself. InElena Maris, a media and tech researcher, wrote a paper about the influence of technological innovation and queer fandoms in the production lesbia mainstream television series.

She used the syndicated show Xena: Warrior Princess to illustrate her findings. Many queer women consider Xena to be TV's first mainstream lesbian story, even though it was all subtext. It manifests as either correcting the biases of show makers, or giving queer women the happy endings they deserve.

Fandom definitely has ties to other parts of LGBT culture, especially for queer women. Ianto was a victim of bury-your-gays — not Torchwood's first. Alternate-universe fan fiction reimagined Jack and Ianto having a lasting relationship, and though it was not always what one could consider stellar storytelling, it was enough.

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This was long before I knew of bury-your-gays — and that there was a hierarchy even within the trope, with lesbian TV characters being at a disproportionately higher risk. This is borne out by reports that show that lesbians are more likely than lesian to be harmed, by death or tragedy — usually to further the story of a heterosexual character.

For a marginalized demographic to see itself represented in popular culture can be a reassuring experience, more than just a story. Conversely, when representation fails, it can be equally destructive. This is not something show makers are always cognizant of.

One fanfic author, who goes by the screen name AskaSophia, calls it a problem of context. It's a beautifully scripted, funny, clever drama by Sally Wainwright of Gentleman Jack fame. But one with a representation problem.

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PBS It took Wainwright months to acknowledge that she had made a burt. Even so, when the show came back for a new season in earlyit used the same old formula of using lesbian distress as drama, with a pinch of queer-baiting stirred in. Queer-baiting is when shows hint at a same-sex relationship, sometimes to attract queer viewers, only to have the characters end up in heterosexual pairings. Bbury fix-it is one way to do it.

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Lexbian the latter half of the s, a long-running BBC hospital drama called Holby City captured the hearts and minds of queer women across the world with its portrayal of a groundbreaking lesbian couple that came to be known by the portmanteau Berena. Two byry surgeon characters in Nerdy goofy girls fifties fell in love, attracting an unexpected fan demographic — older professionals, mostly women, mostly gay, from across the world.

While Holby City promised care with the storyline, lesbiann eventually fell prey to numerous tropes, including bury-your-gays. Four years on, Berena is dead in the canon, but lives on in the annals of fix-it fiction — and in the lasting friendships and relationships formed in the fandom. Things did not end well. Namely, the assumed correspondence between the sexuality and gender of the characters and of the fans.

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This solidarity sometimes spills over to activism, which is what happened with the death of Lexa on the CW's The Lexa was a lesbian character whose demise created an immense backlash from fans and propelled the bury-your-gays trope back into the limelight. It also resulted a group of creatives establishing the seven-point Lexa Pledgewhich asked writers, producers, and directors to do better by their queer viewers and make shows that offer better representation.

It gives us a say and a voice, individually burry collectively. Lesbian bury owns these corrective stories by queer fanfic writers? These are difficult questions, and paradoxical ones, according to Russo.

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It is a desire to assert authority over something that is meaningful to the fans, budy way of acknowledging that these are more than just stories to them. These stories have sometimes been ificant in their lives and coming-out journeys, particularly for the youth.

It was fan fiction that led to lesbian lesbian bury Jenn Matthewsfrom elsbian southwest of England, being discovered on Ao3 by a German publisher. One day, the boss of Ylva Publishing ed her, asking her to Skype. Today, Matthews is awaiting publication of her third novel, and has two more cooking. For queer women, the stories they claim are more than just fiction; they are representations and manifestations of how they would like to see themselves in the world.

It started as queer-baiting and ended with a backlash against fans who shipped Emma Swan and Queen Regina. Unsurprisingly, it led to a rift between the fans and the show that could never be mended. But of course, there are Once Upon a Time fix-its by the dozen.

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Nothing gay whatsoever going on in this bufy from 'Once Upon a Time. When it was on, Berena was a triumph of representation lesbia of the acknowledgement of middle-aged lesbian love, and a transformative, life-affirming story that resonated with young and old, in the U. When the couple broke up in the week before Christmas and when one of them died offscreen in August the following year, I was not the only one grieving in a way that I had difficulty understanding or articulating.

Fans reported suicidal thoughtsself-harm, depression; we got into a routine of checking in on each other via texts, social media direct messages, and private groups. We set up an online ature campaign to hold the show able. And we propped each other up.

And, of course, we wrote and read fix-it fiction. A year and a half down the line, the healing has only just begun. In Facebook communities, Twitter DM groups, Discord chat servers, instant-messaging platforms, s, and sometimes even snail mail, the fandom is slowly shifting its focus from what happened to what should — or could — have happened. Maybe they walked off into the sunset well before these catastrophic events came to pass. There is no one ending that we, the fandom community, agree on.

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But there is one thing on which we do concur: that we have reclaimed Berena. We tell the stories now. That is the power bur fix-it fiction.