Our friends over at AfterEllen have long been strong supporters of us here at the Academy, so today is the day we finally sacrifice our pillow princess badges and do something in service of the sassy Chloë Curran, AfterEllen writer and now creator of new webseries ADVOCATES.
ADVOCATES is a satirical comedy following the employees of the powerful and dysfunctional LGBT nonprofit GULPTAB* (Gay, Unindentified, Lesbian, Pansexual, Transgender, Asexual, Bisexual Alliance) as they appear to haze their interns, fake a celebrity coming out, and dive into the alternate reality that is fandom.
Lead character Iris (Alexis Bloom) is a snarky, emotionally stunted lesbian who loves to co-bitch with co-worker Adrian (Cameron Denny), and the series looks set to follow her downfall at the hands of a new intern - some snap-back toting blonde named Casey (Allison Joseph).
The series' website and IndieGoGo set the bar high, with promises of ADVOCATES being an antidote to queer media tropes across the board, and whether they hit the mark or not, they're off to a fucking good start in my book with every queer character in the series being played by a queer actor. Chloe and co-creator Lauren Elizabeth Neal have also made an effort to tackle POC representation, with 3/4 of the protagonists being played by people of colour.
ADVOCATES looks set to be ragingly good laugh, with LGBT characters who are unapologetic about their queerness.
In the words of the creators:
The characters are not interesting because they are gay. They are interesting people who happen to be gay.
Personally, I love snarky women in power suits and forever aspire to be one, so one look at this trailer was enough to have me signed on. Check it out below, and be sure to throw some pennies in and join the ADVOCATES crowdfunding campaign to make this a reality over at their IndieGoGo page.