MY LIST OF CANONS

canon
ca・no・n   / kan-uh /
 

(ENG) noun

A term used in
fandom to describe factual information about a part of their fandom (character traits, plot details, etc.) as verified by the original content.

ie. "I know that Superman and Lois Lane are married in canon, but I can't help shipping him with Batman."

ie.
"Late Show 'Star Wars' Exclusive: Rey's Parents"

    @ 1:01 by the Late Show with Stephen Colbert

INTRODUCTION

This is a list of celebrities, historical figures, & fictional characters in pop culture who are canonically, that is to say VERIFIED* members of marginalized minority groups (my primary focus being on LGBTQA+ representation, though I'll do my best to make note of representation of other marginalized groups).


I'm compiling this list because I believe representation matters.
 

So many people, myself included, struggle to find a proper reflection of ourselves in popular culture WHEN WE SHOULDN'T HAVE TO! Popular culture, whether we like it or not, is a mirror of our society & its values. While a lot of us have no problem finding themselves in the mirror, some of us find our reflections being constantly distorted in the most unflattering ways while others can't seem to find their reflections at all. How can someone find their place in today's world if they themselves can't be seen as being part of it?! Much less if everyone around them can't be bothered to include them in the picture.

Everyone should be able to enjoy fiction in ALL of its forms!

With that said, I hope everyone can enjoy the show. <3

A + B + C + D + E + + G + H + I + J + K + L + M

N + O + P + Q + R + S + T + U + V + W + X + Y + Z

A

  • ADAM LAMBERT (musician)
    [ Runner up in American Idol season 8 / Elliott "Starchild" Gilbert in Glee / Eddie in the Rock Horror Picture Show (2016) ]

    • HOMOSEXUAL​ AUTISTIC
      “I feel like everyone has an opinion of me, and I want a chance to say, ‘Well, do you want to hear how I really feel about all this?'”

      This is a question easier posed than answered, because Lambert has a lot of thoughts on his newfound role as
      Amer­ica’s new gay runner-up Idol, and many of them are somewhat contradictory. But there’s one point on which he is complete­ly sure: “I’m proud of my sexuality,” he says. “I embrace it. It’s just another part of me.”

      Rolling Stone (June 25, 2009)
       

  • ALAN CUMMING (actor)
    [ Dr. Dylan Reinhart in Instinct / Piers in Spice World / Nightcrawler a.k.a. Kurt Wagner in X-Men 2 ]

    • BISEXUAL

      • video /  "True Bisexual Stories" by ImFromDriftwood.Com (March 30, 2011)

      • video /  interview with Larry King (October 27, 2014)

  • ALAN TURING (inventor)
    [ World War II Code-Breaker / Inventor of the Computer / Played by Benedict Cumberbatch in the Imitation Game ]

    • HOMOSEXUAL

  • ALEX BLUE DAVIS (actor/musician)
    [ Dr. Casey Parker in Grey's Anatomy ]

    • TRANSGENDER

      • video /  interview with GLAAD (January 18, 2018)
        @ 01 minutes 57 seconds
        @ 03 minutes 22 seconds

  • ALPHA FLIGHT (marvel comics)
     

    • Northstar :
      a.k.a. Jean-Paul Beaubier

      HOMOSEXUAL
      ALPHA FLIGHT (1992) VOLUME 1 ISSUE #106

      • "Alpha Flight's Northstar Proclaims Homosexuality."
        Newspaper Headline in Alpha Flight Volume 1: Issue #106, Page 28 (March 1992)
         

      • article /  confirmed by character creator, John Byrne, in F.A.Q. of his personal website (August 24, 2004)
         

    • Northstar / Kyle Jinadu :
      a.k.a. Jean-Paul Beaubier / Kyle Jinadu

      MARRIED!

      • ASTONISHING X-MEN (2012) ISSUE #51

  • AMANDLA STENBERG (actor)
    [ Rue in the Hunger Games ]
     

    • NON-BINARY

      • article /  by Noelle Devoe for Seventeen (April 21, 2016)

      • article /  personal post on tumblr RE: duality of a non binary feminist (March 2, 2016)

      • article /  personal post on tumblr RE: personal pronouns (April 21, 2016)
         

    • BISEXUAL

      • video /  interview with Variety (August 28, 2018)

  • ANGELA: ASGARD'S ASSASSSIN / QUEEN OF HEL (marvel comics)
     

    • Sera : 
      TRANSGENDER
      ANGELA: ASGARD'S ASSASSIN (2015) ISSUE #3

      • article /  confirmed by writer Kieron Gillen in a personal tumblr post (February 5, 2015)
         

    • Angela / Sera :
      IN A ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIP!
      ANGELA: QUEEN OF HEL (2015) ISSUE #1, PAGE 14

      • "How about this? A deal. Are you ready?"

        I will love you, and I will stay with you, and I will support and defend you for as long as you will have me. Because you are the thing that I love completely.

        And you—You love me, and stay with me, and support and care for me, for as long as you will have me. Because I am the thing that you love completely.

        “Tell me, Sera of New York City… Do we have a deal?”


        "Oh, Angela... Deal…"


        — Angela to Sera, 'Angela: Queen of Hel' end of issue #7 (June 2016)
         

        • AVENGERS ACADEMY

          • Avengers Academy A-FORCE EVENT Quest "PUT A BOW ON IT"
            01 /

          • Avengers Academy ANGELA Quest Chain "HEL AND BACK" Parts 01a and 02a
            01 /

          • Avengers Academy Quest Chain "YOU'VE UNLOCKED ODIN" Parts 13-14
            01 /

          • Avengers Academy VALKYRIE Quest Chain "VALKYRIE ASSEMBLE" Part 03a
            01 /

  • ANNA PAQUIN (actor)
    [ Rogue a.k.a. Anna Marie in X-Men / Sookie Stackhouse in True Blood ]

    • BISEXUAL
      "Proud to be a happily married bisexual mother. Marriage is about love not gender."
      Anna Paquin, personal tweet (June 8, 2014)
       

      • video /  give a damn campaign (March 30, 2010)

      • article /  personal tweet (June 8, 2014)

      • video /  interview with Larry King (2014)
        @ 11 minutes 01 seconds

  • AVATAR: THE LEGEND OF KORRA (tv)
     

  • AVENUE 5 (tv)
     

    • Ryan Clark :
      POLYAMORY
      AVENUE 5 (2020) SEASON 01, EPISODE 03 "I'M A HAND MODEL"

 

B

 
  • BATMAN (dc comics)​
     

    • Batwoman :
      a.k.a. Katherine 'Kate' Kane

      HOMOSEXUAL
      52 (2006) ISSUE #11

      • "She [Kathy Kane] is somebody who is openly gay in her own circle of friends, but keeps it a secret from her own family."
        — Dann Didio, interview with by Ben Morse for WizardUniverse.com (May 31, 2006)
         

      • article /  by Michael C. Sherrin for Out Magazine (May 30, 2006)

      • article /  "Dan Didio Talks Batwoman" by Ben Morse for WizardUniverse.com (May 31, 2006)

      • article /  by Sarah Warn for AfterEllen.com (July 24, 2006)

  • BORDERLANDS 2 (video game)​
     

    • Axton the Commando :
      BISEXUAL

      • article /  by Anthony Burch, lead writer for Borderlands 2, for Gearbox Software (August 2013)
         

    • Gaige the Mechromancer :
      AMPUTEE
       

    • Sir Hammerlock :

      • AMPUTEE

      • HOMOSEXUAL
        IN GAME QUEST: STALKER OF STALKERS

        • "An old boyfriend of mine, by the name of Taggart, was hired to wipe out the Stalker population here a while back. He also, adorably, tried to write a book about his adventures in the Highlands. You find the chapters of his book and I'll plagiarize the living daylights out of them for mine. Win-win-win, as they say. Nobody says that. I say it."
          — Sir Hammerlock, Stalker of Stalkers quest in Borderlands 2
           

        • article /  by Anthony Burch, lead writer for Borderlands 2, for Gearbox Software (August 2013)

    • Sir Hammerlock / Eddy P. Taggart :
      HAD A ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIP!
       

    • Various Minor Characters :
      LGBTQA+
      IN GAME QUEST: DOCTOR'S ORDERS

      1. "Please, listen to me! I don't care what you do to me, just let my husband go! He's got the shivers, he's no good for your goddamned experiments anyway! Just please let him go!"

        — Male Test Subject, Doctor's Orders quest (Echo Recording #2) in Borderlands 2
         

      2. "What's the hold up, Sammy?"
        "Don't call me—"
        "This subject is... unsuitable for testing. His husband has the shivers. He could have transmitted—"

        "Hey,
        remember that wife of yours? And how you wanted to see her, like, ever again?"
        Handsome Jack to Dr. Samuels, Doctor's Orders quest (Echo Recording #2) in Borderlands 2

  • BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (tv)
     

    • Captain Raymond Holt :
      HOMOSEXUAL
      BROOKLYN NINE-NINE  (2014) SEASON 01, EPISODE 01 "PILOT"

      • "With all due respect, sir, why did it take you so long to get your first command?"
        "Because I'm gay."
        "Seriously?"
        "I'm surprised you didn't know. I don't try to hide it."

        — Captain Raymond Holt, Season 1 Episode 01 'Pilot' (2013)
         

    • Kevin Cozner :
      HOMOSEXUAL
       

    • Captain Raymond Holt / Kevin Cozner:
      MARRIED!

       

    • Rosa Diaz :
      BISEXUAL
      BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (2017) SEASON 05, EPISODE 09 "99"

      • "I'm a private person so this is pretty hard for me, but here we go. I'm bisexual."
        — Rosa Dias, Season 5 Episode 10 'Game Night' (2017)

C

 

D

  • DAVID BOWIE (actor/musician)
    [ Jared in Labyrinth / Telsa in the Prestige ]

    • BISEXUAL
      "You've been asked the question, whether you're bisexual or not."
      "Too many times."

      "Yes, and you've never quite answered it."
      "Oh, I have. I said I'm bisexual. That's enough."
      — David Bowie, interview on 'Afternoon Plus' (February 16, 1979)
       

      • video /  interview on 'Afternoon Plus' (February 16, 1979)
        @ 5 minutes 37 seconds

  • DOCTOR WHO (bbc)
     

    • Ryan Sinclair :
      DYSPRAXIA

      • bio / Tardis Data Core, the Doctor Who Wiki

      • bio / official BBC Doctor Who website

      • bio / official BBC One Doctor Who website

 

E

 

F

  • F.A.K.E. (anime/manga)
     

    • Dee Laytner :
      BISEXUAL
      F.A.K.E. (MANGA) VOLUME 01, ACT 2

      • "And what about them calling me gay, huh? Because I'm not!! You might be, but I'm not!!"
        "What?! I'm bi, dammit! Bi!! Get it right!!"
        "Oh, like that's so different?!"
        "Yeah, actually it is, idiot!! And if you're straight then
        "
        — Dee Laytner,
        'F.A.K.E.' Volume 1, Act 02, Page 106 (2003 Tokyopop Translation)

  • FELICIA DAY (actor)
    [ Codex in The Guild / Penny in Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along / Charlie Bradbury in Supernatural / Vi in Buffy the Vampire Slayer ]
    • CLINICAL DEPRESSION
      "Which you’d think would make me feel better. People enjoying my work seems like a nice ego boost? Nope, I dodged those bullets of hope like a pessimist pro! The appearances actually made all my impostor feelings even worse. I would sob before going out to meet people because I felt like such a fraud. I didn’t deserve their compliments. […]

      In my warped state of mind, I had nothing new to offer my fans and I probably wouldn’t ever again. I deserved to be hated, not loved.

      These were the worst days of my life.

      In retrospect, crappy chemicals in my brain were working overtime, driving me to destroy myself…"


      — Felicia Day, "You're Never Weird On the Internet (Almost): A Memoir"  Chapter 10 'The Deletion of Me', pages 224-225 (April 19, 2016)
       

    • SOCIAL ANXIETY DISORDER
      "I grew up ruled by constant anxiety, and when my fears proved a tiny bit possible, even just a bit, I panicked and lashed out at myself and everyone around me."

      — Felicia Day, "You're Never Weird On the Internet (Almost): A Memoir" (April 19, 2016)
       

 

G

  • GAME OF THRONES (tv)
     

    • Yara Greyjoy :
      BISEXUALPANSEXUAL
      GAME OF THRONES (2016) SEASON 06, EPISODE 07 "THE BROKEN MAN"

      • "I don’t think she’s bisexual. There’s a new saying going around, “pansexual,” which means if she’s up for it… I think she says, “I’m up for anything.” That’s her ethos. I don’t think she swings any way in particular, other than the way she feels at the time. She’s just open-minded, which fits the character perfectly."

        — Gemma Whelan, interview with Jennifer Vineyard for Vulture (July 6, 2016)
         

      • article /  interview with Katie M. Lucas for Making Game of Thrones (June 5, 2016)

      • article /  interview with Jennifer Vineyard for Vulture (July 6, 2016)

  • GRAVITATION (anime/manga)
     

    • Tatsuha Uesugi :
      BISEXUAL

 

H

  • HOLLAND TAYLOR (actor)
    [ Professor Stromwell in 
    Legally Blonde / Evelyn Harper in Two and a Half Men ]

    • IN A ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIP WITH SARAH PAULSON !
      "...I’d like to be able to just say that, without having to stop and say, ‘so have you come out?’
      No, I haven’t come out because I am out. I live out."
      — Holland Taylor, interview with Anna Sale for 'Death, Sex & Money' Podcast (November 24, 2015)
       

      • podcast / 'Death, Sex & Money' hosted by Anna Sale for WNYC Studios (November 24, 2015)​

 

I

 

J

  • JANELLE MONÁE (actor/singer)
    [ Mary Jackson in Hidden Figures ]

    • BISEXUALPANSEXUAL
      And she has another rumor to confirm. “Being a queer black woman in America,” she says, taking a breath as she comes out, “someone who has been in relationships with both men and women – I consider myself to be a free-ass motherfucker.” She initially identified as bisexual, she clarifies, “but then later I read about pansexuality and was like, ‘Oh, these are things that I identify with too.’ I’m open to learning more about who I am.”

      — Janelle Monáe, interview with Brittany Spanos for Rolling Stone (April 26, 2018)
       

      • article /  by Brittany Spanos for Rolling Stone (April 26, 2018)

      • video /  The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (July 21, 2018)
        @ 8 minutes 02 seconds

 
 

K

 

L

 

M

  • MÉNAGE A 3 (webcomic)
     

    • Amber :
      BISEXUAL
       

    • Dillon :
      HOMOSEXUAL
       

    • Matt :
      BISEXUAL
       

    • Suzi "Zii" :
      BISEXUAL
       

    • Yuki :
      BISEXUAL
      & phallophobic

  • MISS FISHER'S MURDER MYSTERIES (tv)
     

    • Dr. Elizabeth "Mac" Macmillan :
      HOMOSEXUAL
      MISS FISHER (2012) SEASON 01, EPISODE 10 "DEATH BY MISS ADVENTURE"

      • "You loved her. And you suffered in silence while I showed you those photographs of the blood on the machine."
        "What could I have said?"
        "The truth would have given me a running start."
        "I went to Daisy’s funeral service. Her mother came and thanked me for being such a good doctor. I was so much more to her than that."
        "Oh, Mac."
        "I didn’t kill him."
        "How long have we known each other?"
        "Too bloody long."
        "Then you know there are some things that don’t need to be said."
        *hug*
        — Miss Fisher and Doc Mac, Season 1 Episode 10 '
        Death by Miss Adventure' (2012)

 

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