Here’s How Coding Movie Villains as Queer Is Hurting Our Community

Do you know about queer coding? You’ve probably come across it on TV and in movies, even if you didn’t know the term for it.

Queer coding is when writers hint that a character is queer without explicitly saying so – and it’s usually villains who are written this way.

So why is queer coding something you should be worried about? Here’s Riley J. Dennis with an answer to that and more questions about how this media trope is hurting real people. It’s not just about the movies, and this is why need to pay attention to the impact.

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Riley J. Dennis is a Contributing Vlogger for Everyday Feminism. She’s a polyamorous, atheist, gender non-binary trans woman with a passion for fiction writing, feminism, and technology. She got her BA from Whittier College in 2015 doing a self-designed major called Writing Worlds, a mixture of creative writing and anthropology, focused on realistic fictional world building. Find her on her YouTube channel, Twitter @RileyJayDennis, or her website