Hey all

Sorry about the page going restricted…. I had no idea that had happened until now, but it’s fixed. Not sure why that happened.

Also, I’m considering, with the recent news of Dark Phoenix, possibly reopening this page. Maybe including my honest thoughts about XMA, and ideas for Dark Phoenix. Unsure of whether to do this because of the XMA disappointment, but things move on, yeah? The hope is in the future. 

I know it’s been a while, but would anyone be interested in this?

Keep the faith,

Heidi

I’m sorry, guys.

Hey all:
I’ve gotten a lot of messages and emails about the site being password protected. I’m sorry, I had to take this site offline for a bit- needed to make some tweaks. For some reason, I’ve been getting a lot of anon hate lately, and because of that I’ve removed the comment features site wide, and have had to ban a few email addresses. I will not tolerate hatred or bigotry of any kind. 

I will never delete this site entirely, so don’t worry. If I ever put it back on private, it’s for a reason, and it will always be temporary. 
Thanks for the continued support. It means a lot. 
-H

To My Readers: Thank You for Two Wonderful Years

To My Readers:

I have thought long and hard about what to say in this post, and after two weeks, I’m still no further ahead. So, I’m just going to say what’s on my mind and in my heart, and leave it at that.

This blog represents two years of my life. I spent countless hours researching and writing these posts, mostly into the very wee hours of the morning, Doing this work not only reawakened my mind and my imagination, it also put me back in touch with my sexuality/sexual identity. Due to all of that, I now am in school for LGBT Studies, and am re-entering the community actively next month. All of this has been the real payoff for me, and I am immensely indebted to X-Men and the films for helping me get back to where I belong.

I have not seen XMA, nor do I plan to. I became aware that there was no big Cherik moment or kiss when the film was released in Europe, etc on May 19th, and that the film had taken a lot of the character development routes I didn’t think they’d take. The level of heartbreak and guilt I’ve experienced over this has been fairly potent, and I’ve spent the last two weeks trying to work through that. It’s not just about a film/films to me, or about X-Men; it’s about heteronormativity, queer erasure, and subtext staying subtext when there’s no real need for it anymore. In short, queerbaiting. Perhaps it’s because I’ve been a bit out of touch with my sexuality, and out of the active community for a few years, that I expected more from XMA. In navigating and rediscovering my fluid sexuality/pansexuality, I’ve vividly recalled the times when I’d been gay bashed and experienced direct discrimination and bigotry, and in doing so, I’ve come full circle with the homophobic nature of society, and with Hollywood.

It’s with a heavy heart that I have to decided to not continue with any X-Men analyses, and will not be doing any posts on XMA. Should X-Men decide to take Cherik out of subtext in the future, or incorporate LGBT+ characters in the films, I’ll pick up where I left off. Until then, however, I have decided to move on and officially close this blog. To those of you who have asked if I will delete the X-Men work, the answer is no. It means more to me than just the films: it represents something precious and hard-won, and was the lens through which I saw the evolving LGBT+ community, which led me back into the desire for activism.

This is not to say I’ve given up hope, or faith. Not at all. If anything, it’s refueled my desire to bring to you all your culture, your films and shows, your books, and your history. You all deserve a place to immerse yourself in everything LGBTQIA+ when the outside world lets you down, and to be honest, I want the same thing. I do this not only for you and me, but for the people I’ll inevitably come across in my schooling and in my work.

I’ve met and talked with some beautiful people because of this blog, and your work, your words, and your encouragement meant more to me than I can ever express. There are a few of you writing XMA meta, and should you wish for me to share or reblog your posts, I’d be happy to do so.

I will eventually be moving all the X-Men archives to the new blog. I am still working on the template and the content for it, but since this letter represents my last post on this blog, I will go ahead and post the link at the bottom to Method Blue. 

Also, as of today, I will be taking a break from the online world. I’m not entirely sure how long I’ll be gone, but it will probably be a while. There are many factors that led to this decision, and I need time to work through everything. A lot happened all at once, both personally and professionally. I need to focus instead on my schooling, my work, the community, my family, and the new blog. I will not be “active” on Tumblr (or Twitter) during this time, and have set the blog to queue. I may respond to tags, but will leave messages and PMs for when I return. I am, however, still actively accepting submissions/fanfic recommendations to the new blog, so please continue sending those. You may use the old blog email address (charlesanderik2016@gmail.com) whilst it is still open, or the new email address (themethodblue@gmail.com). The latter is a private address, so if anything you send has personal content (including emails I’ve exchanged with a lot of you), please send it there.

I want to thank you all for 2 wonderful years. Thank you for accepting me into your fandom and your lives. I’ve had an absolute blast, and the work bore more fruit than I ever thought possible, even though we didn’t get a canon acknowledgment of Charles and Erik. I will always love Cherik, and I will always love X-Men. I see fandom as an active arm of social justice, filling in the immense cracks of the stories left behind by Hollywood, and bringing visibility to LGBT+ characters. Never stop doing that, ever.

Collectively, you are all Charles and Erik dragging Caspartina from the depths of the ocean.

I love you all very much. Thank you for everything.

 

Keep the Faith. Love is endgame.
-Heidi, charlesanderik2016

(new blog: Method Blue)

LGBT+ Masterlists

Hey all:

I am including these links in the new site too, but wanted to share them now in case they’re needed! The fab nuevayor put a LGBT+ masterlist together, chronicling things like LGBT+ Poetry, Music, Film, Fiction, etc. If you guys would like to look into more representations of LGBT+ characters or history or anything, her posts are a GREAT jumping off point. A lot of this stuff is what I want to talk about, and I really want to include fandom in this too.

Hope you enjoy!

More to come.

KEEP THE FAITH.

-H

 

On Our Own: A Survival Guide for Independent LGBTQIA+ Youth

Hey all:

I got this awesome guide in an email today from an organization with whom I’ll be starting work in June, and I knew I had to share it. It’s an awesome resource for “youth facing the daunting prospect of living on their own after leaving unsupportive or abusive homes, or aging out of foster care.”

I’ve pasted the full text of the email below, along with the links to the actual guide. I’ll be posting this on the new site as well, but wanted to share it right away. Too important not to.

KEEP THE FAITH.

-H

Continue reading

Thank You

Hey, all:

For all of you who’ve sent me emails, messages, DMs, tweets, etc: THANK YOU. You’ve no idea how much they have helped me, and made me smile when I needed it most. I love you people so much. I’ll get back to you soon.

Thanks for all the submissions/show and film ideas as well, I’ve got a list, and I am looking forward to getting into it. I think I’ll get into Black Sails first, and I’ll watch that as I post about Hannibal. Episode 1 is nearly finished. Then perhaps Torchwod? Any more recs, send them! I watch everything from everywhere. I want it all.

I am working hard on the new blog site. If you all have LGBT+ news/media to share from your neck of the woods, send it!

Also, we have a Twitter now! Follow us @themethodblue. FB coming soon as well. New Tumblr is going strong. Feel free to DM us either on Twitter, or Tumblr if you’d prefer to stay anon. (I absolutely respect that.)

XMA thoughts coming soon. Until then, I’d recommend reading the analyses (SPOILER ALERT WITH THESE) by x-mutation  on Tumblr. They’re quite good. (Thank you, darling!)

So, Hannibal coming soon. A post on Let the Right One In. I’ll get into Black Sails. More posts about LGBT+ films and television, with a heavy focus on transgender, lesbian, and bisexual characters- definitively including people of color, women, and topics of gender and sexual fluidity.

I’m excited. Like 😆.

I’m starting work with a LGBT+ youth organization next month, school is still going strong, life is still demanding- but I’m here. I’m not going anywhere.

KEEP THE FAITH.

-H

giphy

Hey all

Guys just a heads up, might be a minute before I post again. My Lhasa Apso, Pig, was rushed into emergency surgery last night and didn’t make it. I’m devastated. She was my best friend for 15 years. 

I just want the world to know she existed, she was special to me, she slept by my side while I wrote all these blog entries, and was my companion in everything. This is her.


I love you so much, Piggy. (2001-2016)