I waste a lot of time playing games on Facebook — mostly spelling games because that’s who I am. But my favorite game is testing my retroactive gaydar. The tomboyish girl I was friends with in junior high? Check. The sporty girl I played softball with in high school? Check. The boy whom everyone thought for years was my boyfriend? Check.
Some of the who’s-gay-now revelations are more surprising. There’s the nice but seemingly straight, sorority girl who, unbeknownst to me, viewed me as a role model when we worked together in college. And my favorite revelation lately is learning that a sweet, dorky, funny guy I knew in college not only came out, but also became a television writer who, among other things, wrote the episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in which Tara and Willow reunited.
Drew Greenberg is the type of guy I would have dated had I still been dating boys when I met him. (I was decidedly not still dating boys when I met him … but I did accidentally go on a date with a straight-guy friend of his.) And I love that he’s grown up to write stories about kick-ass women. (Did I mention that I was a formative lesbian role model for him? I’m just saying.) His latest kick-ass women offering is Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 8, Issue #23 — available today wherever comic books are sold.
I went to UCLA, so I know a bunch of people in the entertainment industry. But I particularly love Drew’s success because he’s always been a guy who likes and respects women. And more importantly, he’s a gay man who likes lesbians. So I like him. And, although I’m mildly chagrined to admit that the only show of his that I’ve watched is Queer as Folk, I have felt compelled to discuss Buffy with him a bit as we’ve reminisced.
Not surprisingly, he’s loved working with Joss Whedon and described what he thinks is so great about the show:
It does seem odd to me that I never watched this show.
And he gave me the rundown on the new comic. (Possible SPOILER ALERT.)
I asked him whether there’s any lesbian content in this issue, and he lamented that there was not. But he did emphasize that it was chock-full of strong women:
And although he’s more sympathetic to Buffy’s message about doing good in the world, he does — in light of Prop. 8 — empathize with Simone’s fatigue at always having to play by other people’s rules.
So I’m ready to head out and buy my first ever Buffy comic — and perhaps begin watching the Buffy DVDs I’ve had in my possession for months. Although I’m late to the game, I hope that being an old friend of one of the writers earns me a little street cred in the Buffyverse. (And, of course, I’ll casually mention that I was a formative strong-woman role model for him.)
What about the established Buffy fans among you? Have you been looking forward to the new issue? And do you have any sympathy for Simone?