In Credence, two gay fathers grapple with sacrificing their only daughter for the sake of the human race.
Billed as the “first sci-fi of its kind to challenge the way gay characters are portrayed in film,” the filmmakers could also use your help finishing the project.
The short film aims to remind sci-fi fans that gay people are just like everybody else, a worthy if not somewhat bland message.
Gay characters are usually portrayed on the sidelines of the main story line (though that is certainly changing) unless the story itself is “gay themed.” Credence wants to change that formula by focusing on two main characters who just happen to be gay.
It got us thinking about other gay characters in the sci-fi/fantasy genre. Here are our favorites:
Sam Adama, Caprica (Sasha Roiz)
Our top pick has to be Sam Adama in the unfortunately short lived Caprica, prequel to Syfi’s cult remake of Battlestar Galactica. In Caprica, Sam is a rough mob enforcer with a hardened exterior, embodying what you might call a machismo vibe. Except he also happens to be married to a man. How’s that for challenging gay representation?
Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter series (Michael Gambon, Richard Harris)
America’s favorite wizarding professor, seen here showing off the impressive size of his wand, is also a big ole ‘mo. You won’t find any explicit reference to the fact in the books or films, but author and gazillionaire J.K. Rowling has been quoted saying, “I always thought of Dumbledore as gay. Dumbledore fell in love with Grindelwald, and that added to his horror when Grindelwald showed himself to be what he was.” Bam.
Xena, Xena: Warrior Princess (Lucy Lawless)
What is there not to love about Xena? She’s fearless, tough and looks flawless in her paradoxically revealing armor. Rumors were a given as to the true nature of the relationship between Xena and her “companion” Gabriella. The lesbian community embraced the pair, and subtext got more and more overt until they finally shared this tender kiss:
Lafayette Reynolds, True Blood (Nelsan Ellis)
You may be sick of True Blood and secretly happy the show is in its final season, but even the most disgruntled fan shouldn’t have anything bad to say about Lafayette. The line cook/spirit whisperer has style and class and still knows how to get down. He’s in touch with his feminine side without playing stereotypically over-the-top “queeny gay,” reminding us that you don’t have to masc it up to be politically correct with gay characters.
Frank N. Furter, Rocky Horror Picture Show (Tim Curry)
Though it may not initially pop into your head when you think “sci-fi”, Rocky Horror has all the elements of an alien space adventure. That and an utterly strange and sweet transvestite from Transylvania. Tim Curry brings the iconic subversion and genderbending mayhem to the role, and for many of us served as a message that letting your freak out is a valid pursuit.
Here’s the trailer for Credance: