#GiveSpockABoyfriend: 5 Same-Sex Relationships We’d Like To See In Summer Blockbusters

Does the Federation have a "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy?

Even before summer-movie season officially kicked off this month, fans began clamoring to give their favorite blockbuster hero a same-sex love interest.

There were campaigns to give Captain America a boyfriend (We thought Civil War established Cap and Iron Man were exes?) and Jean Grey a girlfriend (Right, because what lesbian doesn’t want a girlfriend who can read her mind?)


Sadly, neither of those things came to pass. But we still have time to get a gay relationship into a major summer movie. Below, we sharing a few suggestions.

  1. Harley Quinn in “Suicide Squad”

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    In the DC comics universe, Harley is openly pansexual—she’s got her longtime hangup on the Joker, but she’s also hooked up Poison Ivy and seems willing to flirt with anything with a heartbeat. Of course, a psychotic assassin with a clown kink might not be the best representation of the LGBT community, but beggars can’t be choosers.

  2. Dory in “Finding Dory”

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    The only problem is she’d forget she had a girlfriend every 10 minutes. (We know some people like that, TBH.)

  3. Tarzan in “The Legend of Tarzan”


    Sure, sure—”Tarzan meet Jane” and all that. But a jungle man with a body like a Greek god has needs. And without Victorian morality to keep him repressed, who’s to say Lord Greystoke doesn’t get intimate with Djimon Hounsou’s Chief Mbonga?

  4. Ben Hur and Messala in “Ben-Hur”


    The 1959 version of this sword-and-sandals epic had plenty of gay subtext: Screenwriter Gore Vidal explicitly stated that Ben and former BFF Messala were lovers before the latter betrayed the former.

    Will we see a sex scene between Jack Huston and Toby Kebbell in Timur Bekmambetov’s “re-imagining” of the story? It might take a miracle.

  5. “The Secret Life of Pets”

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    All this talk about gay zoo animals—how about a lesbian bulldog or gay labradoodle?

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.