Does that make sense? I don’t want to say, “what characters have you always read as queer even when they were straight” because that assumes straight is the default. Like, if some character has nothing indicating one way or the other, we assume straight. I want if they are indicated as straight, or not indicated as anything, either way you still chose to read them as Queer. Not even chose, they just read that way to you.
I can get my head around her eventual happy ending, but the way she rejected gender norms straight through, and was truly distressed by Laurie trying to romance her, that just works for me better if this is the story of a young Queer woman struggling to figure out who she was and what she wanted in life and what it meant that even the “perfect” guy was unappealing to her.
One of his main character traits is that he isn’t interested in girls! And his second character trait is that he is endlessly loyal and devoted to his male best friend. Again, I can get my head around the idea of him being slightly developmentally behind his friends, not emotionally ready to deal with romance, and so on. But it just works better as a queer teenager who hasn’t come out even to himself and is acting out his heart without understanding what it means.
Thrown out by his family, his closest bond was to his male best friends, dreamed of fatherhood while knowing he could not have a traditional family. And, in the best pop culture tradition, killed tragically. Clearly a queer character.
It’s interesting to think about, isn’t it? I don’t think these characters were intended to be Queer, like I don’t think the authors sat down and said “I will write a character who is attracted to the opposite sex”. But Queer people are just people, and they’ve always been there. So Jo March is based on some young woman Alcott knew somewhere, and a little bit herself, and those young women never liked boys or romance and didn’t feel right behaving in “female” ways. And Jughead is based on some teenage boys who had no interest in girls. And Sirius Black is just SAD.
Anyway, do you feel the same way about mine? And do you have any similar examples of your own?