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6 Adaptations That Straightwashed Queer Characters, And 6 That Made Sure They Were Inclusive

We need an X-Men movie where Mystique gets to have a wife.

When it comes to adaptations, all bets are off — some stay as true to the original as possible, some shift things to move with the time, and others put their own new spin on the story.

And these changes can have a HUGE impact on the landscape of LGBTQ+ representation in the media.

So, here are some adaptations that took positive steps in LGBTQ+ representation, and some retellings that removed characters' queer identities.

Represented — The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder

Michael from "The Proud Family" and "The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder"

Removed — Riverdale

Jughead in "Riverdale"

Represented — Gossip Girl 2021

The cast of "Gossip Girl"

Removed — Gossip Girl

Chuck Bass in "Gossip Girl"

Represented — Thor: Love and Thunder


Removed — Black Panther

Ayo and Aneka in "Black Panther"

Represented — Loki

Closeup of Loki

Removed — The Color Purple

Celie and Shug Avery

Represented — Bel-Air

Ashley in "Bel-Air

Removed — Archive 81

Melody and Annabelle

Represented — Once Upon a Time

Mulan and Aurora

Removed — X-Men

Side-by-side of animated Mystique and live-action Mystique

What adaptations do you think you'd rate? Let us know in the comments!