How to cite The Queerbait-Tragicqueer-Straightcomfort Test

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@software{carlisle_qt_2020,
location = {{Retrieved from https://qt.bgcarlisle.com/}},
title = {The Queerbait-Tragicqueer-Straightcomfort Test},
url = {https://qt.bgcarlisle.com/},
organization = {{The Grey Literature}},
date = {2020-04},
author = {Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory}
}
	    

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Carlisle BG. The Queerbait-Tragicqueer-Straightcomfort Test [Internet]. Retrieved from https://qt.bgcarlisle.com/: The Grey Literature; 2020. Available from: https://qt.bgcarlisle.com/

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Carlisle BG. The Queerbait-Tragicqueer-Straightcomfort Test. Retrieved from https://qt.bgcarlisle.com/: The Grey Literature; 2020. https://qt.bgcarlisle.com/.

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Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. The Queerbait-Tragicqueer-Straightcomfort Test. The Grey Literature, 2020, https://qt.bgcarlisle.com/.

Notes for Star Trek: Picard (2020)

These notes contain possible spoilers

Notes for Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist (2020)

A gender nonconforming gay man whose sexuality is purely represented through actions, thoughts and visuals, never spelled out by the character saying that "I am a...".

Notes for Avengers: Endgame (2019)

That guy from the group therapy session with Cap.

Notes for Assassination Nation (2018)

These notes contain possible spoilers

Notes for Destiny 2 (2017)

In-game lore and associated media

These notes contain possible spoilers

Notes for God's Own Country (2017)

Johnny, a young Yorkshire rancher, falls in love with Gheorghe, a Romanian migrant farmhand.

Notes for Star Trek: Discovery (2017)

In the leadup to when this show premiered, the writers, actors and everyone involved fucking *crowed* about how they were going to do gay representation "right."

And by that, they meant that you wouldn't be able to tell it's a gay character.

Notes for Star Trek Beyond (2016)

There's a two-second side-hug between Sulu and a guy who we're supposed to take as his partner

Notes for Call the Midwife (2014)

Season 3+

These notes contain possible spoilers

Notes for The Babadook (2014)

Despite its cherished place in queer culture, there are no in-canon queer characters.

Notes for Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013)

Very much written for straight comfort:

https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/andre-braugher-brooklyn-nine-nine_n_7189318

https://www.femestella.com/7-times-brooklyn-99-captain-raymond-holt-gay-sterotypes/

Notes for Orphan Black (2013)

Felix is too good for this world; we don't deserve him.

Notes for Modern Family (2009)

This is a very heteronormative gay couple.

Notes for Nip / Tuck (2003)

Season 1

These notes contain possible spoilers

Notes for Slings and Arrows (2003)

These notes contain possible spoilers

Notes for Firefly (2002)

These notes contain possible spoilers

Notes for Lord of the Rings (2001)

All of them

Frodo and Sam don't count

Notes for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1999)

S07E14, "Chimera"

These notes contain possible spoilers

Notes for Harry Potter (1997)

All of them

I have not included Dumbledore as a queer character because I am only considering representation that is provided in-canon.

Post-hoc revelations made by the author after the book sales are already in the bag do not count.

Fuck off, JKR.

Notes for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1995)

S04E05, "Rejoined"

These notes contain possible spoilers

Notes for The Living End (1992)

These notes contain possible spoilers

Notes for Samurai Cop (1991)

It's not good queer representation, and it's not a good movie. It's trashy, racist, sexist and it verges on being a softcore porn.

But it technically passes the test.

I got the name for the gay waiter from IMDB; I'm not sure it's right. But the character is definitely named, because there's a big conversation about him telling the cop his first name.

Notes for Clue (1985)

These notes contain possible spoilers

Notes for Star Wars (1977)

All the numbered episodes

The blink-and-you-miss-it lesbian kiss happens in Star Wars IX at the very end.

Notes for Some Like It Hot (1959)

These notes contain possible spoilers

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Please do not provide individual ratings of many related media where one summary rating will be equally informative. For example, I have included one entry for all the numbered episodes for Star Wars films, rather than a separate entry for each one.

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E.g. 1999
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Provide a link to the IMDB or Wikipedia entry that corresponds to the media in question.
Do not include fan-theories or details disclosed outside the media itself. Do not include campy or kinky straight people. Only include in-canon queer representation.

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The name of the queer character that passes or comes closest to passing all the requirements of The Queerbait-Tragicqueer-Straightcomfort Test. In the case that there are many queer characters who would score the same, the first in alphabetical order.
E.g. Odo
Would mis-reading this queer character as a straight be very difficult for even a naive straight person, or one who is very determined to refuse to believe a character is queer? Of course it is impossible to write a queer character in such a way that the most determined straight person couldn't refuse to acknowledge it.
If the canonicity of a character's queerness depends entirely on a very small detail or a very short scene, it is blink-and-you-miss-it queer representation.
Does the queer character in question meet with a sad ending, or is their story primarily about their misfortunes? This includes, but is not limited to "bury your gays" media, where the queer character is killed.
Does this character seem to have been written mainly to coddle the sensibilities of straight people, or to make the point that queer people are, or should be, indistinguishable from straight people? If unclear, use this tool.
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The Queerbait-Tragicqueer-Straightcomfort Test

Benjamin Gregory Carlisle PhD

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Does this piece of media have at least one (1) named queer character who:

  • Can't easily be read as a straight character (blink-and-you-miss-it "representation" doesn't count)
  • Doesn't have a tragic ending, and
  • Hasn't been written primarily to make straight people comfortable?

Please note that having "full marks" on this test does not mean that this media is necessarily an example of good queer representation. This test is intentionally a low bar for queer representation to highlight three common pitfalls.

Media Queer character(s)1 Name2 Difficult to mis-read as straight3 Non-blink-and-you-miss-it4 Non-tragic5 Not written for straight comfort6 Notes
Star Trek: Picard (2020) Television series
Yes Raffi Musiker Yes No Yes Yes
Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist (2020) Television series
Yes Mo Yes Yes Yes Yes
Avengers: Endgame (2019) Film
Yes - Yes No No No
Code 8 (2019) Film
No - - - - - -
Knives Out (2019) Film
No - - - - - -
Parasite (2019) Film
No - - - - - -
The Boys (2019) Television series
Season 1
Yes Ezekiel Yes Yes Yes Yes -
The Twilight Zone (2019) Television programme
S01E07, "Not all men"
Yes Cole Yes Yes Yes Yes -
Assassination Nation (2018) Movie
Yes Bex Warren Yes Yes No Yes
Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Film
Yes Oliver T'sien Yes Yes Yes Yes -
The Horror of Dolores Roach (2018) Podcast
Season 1
No - - - - - -
Charité (2017) Television series
Season 1
Yes Therese Yes Yes No Yes -
Destiny 2 (2017) Video Game
In-game lore and associated media
Yes Like, all of them Yes Yes Yes Yes
God's Own Country (2017) Film
Yes Johnny Saxon Yes Yes Yes Yes
Star Trek: Discovery (2017) Television series
Yes Dr Hugh Culber Yes Yes No No
Arrival (2016) Film
No - - - - - -
Black Mirror (2016) Television programme
S03E04, "San Junipero"
Yes Kelly Booth Yes Yes Yes Yes -
Moonlight (2016) Film
Yes Chiron Yes Yes Yes Yes -
Star Trek Beyond (2016) Film
Yes Sulu No No Yes No
Stranger Things (2016) Television series
Yes Robin Yes Yes Yes Yes -
The Good Place (2016) Television series
Yes John Wheaton Yes Yes Yes Yes -
Sense8 (2015) Television series
Yes Like, all of them Yes Yes Yes Yes -
Call the Midwife (2014) Television series
Season 3+
Yes Patsy Mount Yes Yes No Yes
The Babadook (2014) Film
No - - - - -
The Imitation Game (2014) Film
Yes Alan Turing Yes Yes No Yes -
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013) Television series
Yes Raymond Holt Yes Yes Yes No
Orphan Black (2013) Television series
Yes Felix Dawkins Yes Yes Yes Yes
Looper (2012) Film
No - - - - - -
Skyfall (2012) Film
Yes Raoul Silva No Yes No Yes -
Welcome to Night Vale (2012) Podcast
Yes Cecil Yes Yes Yes Yes -
Modern Family (2009) Television series
Yes Cameron Tucker Yes Yes Yes No
Sweeny Todd (2006) Film
No - - - - - -
Torchwood (2006) Television series
Yes Captain Jack Harkness Yes Yes Yes Yes -
Constantine (2005) Film
No - - - - - -
Doctor Who (2005) Television series
Season 10
Yes Bill Potts Yes Yes Yes Yes -
Lockpick Pornography (2005) Book
by Joey Comeau
Yes Alex Yes Yes Yes Yes -
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) Film
No - - - - - -
Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
No - - - - - -
Primer (2004) Film
No - - - - - -
Nip / Tuck (2003) Television series
Season 1
Yes Sofia Lopez Yes Yes Yes Yes
Slings and Arrows (2003) Television series
Yes Oliver Welles Yes Yes See notes Yes
Firefly (2002) Television series
Yes Inara Yes No Yes Yes
Gosford Park (2001) Film
No - - - - - -
Lord of the Rings (2001) Film
All of them
No - - - - -
Queer as Folk (2000) Television series
American
Yes Emmett Honeycutt Yes Yes Yes Yes -
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1999) Television programme
S07E14, "Chimera"
Yes Laas No Yes No Yes
The Big Lebowski (1998) Film
No - - - - - -
Harry Potter (1997) Books and film
All of them
No - - - - -
Fargo (1996) Film
No - - - - - -
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1995) Television programme
S04E05, "Rejoined"
Yes Jadzia Dax Yes Yes No Yes
The Usual Suspects (1995) Film
No - - - - - -
Pulp Fiction (1994) Film
No - - - - - -
Super Mario Bros. (1993) Film
No - - - - - -
The Living End (1992) Film
Yes Jon Yes Yes See notes Yes
Samurai Cop (1991) Film
Yes Joselito C. Rescober Yes Yes Yes Yes
Terminator 2 (1991) Film
No - - - - - -
Thelma and Louise (1991) Film
Yes Louise No No No Yes -
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) Film
No - - - - - -
Back to the Future (1985) Film
All of them
No - - - - - -
Clue (1985) Film
Yes Mr Green No Yes Yes Yes
The Breakfast Club (1985) Film
No - - - - - -
Terminator (1984) Film
No - - - - - -
Blade Runner (1982) Film
No - - - - - -
Indiana Jones (1981) Film
All of them
No - - - - - -
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) Film
No - - - - - -
Star Wars (1977) Film
All the numbered episodes
Yes Commander D'Acy Yes No Yes No
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) Film
No - - - - - -
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) Film
Yes Magenta Yes Yes Yes Yes -
Bonnie and Clyde (1967) Film
No - - - - - -
Dr Strangelove (1964) Film
No - - - - - -
Psycho (1960) Film
No - - - - - -
Some Like It Hot (1959) Film
Yes Osgood Fielding III Yes No Yes Yes
Vertigo (1958) Film
No - - - - - -
12 Angry Men (1957) Film
No - - - - - -
Rebel Without a Cause (1955) Film
No - - - - - -
Rear Window (1954) Film
No - - - - - -
Singin' in the Rain (1952) Film
No - - - - - -
Sunset Boulevard (1950) Film
No - - - - - -
Casablanca (1942) Film
No - - - - - -
Citizen Kane (1941) Film
No - - - - - -

Details

1. Does not include fan-theories or details disclosed outside the media itself. Does not include campy or kinky straight people. This only includes in-canon queer representation.

2. The name of the queer character that passes or comes closest to passing all the requirements of The Queerbait-Tragicqueer-Straightcomfort Test. In the case that there are many queer characters who would score the same, the first in alphabetical order. Because the name of a queer character may itself be a spoiler, they have been blurred. Mouse-over the cell in the table to reveal the name, or tap it on a mobile browser.

3. Would mis-reading this queer character as straight be very difficult for even a naive straight person, or one who is very determined to refuse to believe a character is queer? Of course it is impossible to write a queer character in such a way that the most determined straight person couldn't refuse to acknowledge it.

5. Does the queer character in question meet with a sad ending, or is their story primarily about their misfortunes? This includes, but is not limited to "bury your gays" media, where the queer character is killed.

6. Does this character seem to have been written mainly to coddle the sensibilities of straight people, or to make the point that queer people are, or should be, indistinguishable from straight people? If unclear, use this tool.