Coming out of the closet is a term used to describe when an LGBTQ+ person shares their sexual orientation and/or gender identity with other people. A person does not come out just once in their life, but regularly throughout their lifetime, sometimes in explicit ways and sometimes more subtly.
In this instance, despite the online reaction, Velma's coming out was actually pretty low-key. There was no big announcement, it was a very innocent moment that's been building for years, and it's amazing to see that we are now in a place that sexuality can be openly shown in children television in this way.
Representation on the big and small screen is important for a number of reasons, particularly because it allows young LGBTQ+ people to identify with someone they might admire, and it reduces the feeling of isolation many LGBTQ+ face growing up. Until recently, the Hays Code prevented any positive same-sex representation on TV and in Film, which has led to us having a series of Queer-coded Disney villains, and same-sex storylines where 9 times out of 10 at least one of the couple dies. Where's the Queer joy?!
Twitter is LOVING the news. Here's some of my favourite tweets from the last day:
they said “velma’s a lesbian” i said “no. velma made lesbians” pic.twitter.com/t6DAS2Dy02— m :) ????????️????????☠️???? (@ol_darbs) October 5, 2022
velma melted her glasses off simping for this girl, I'm crying. pic.twitter.com/oyI24co6gU— JOLLY J✨ (@DynamoSuperX) October 4, 2022
Y'all are surprised Velma is gay when they literally had Hayley Kiyoko play her? pic.twitter.com/f47yrlrFCn— Liz ????² (@Lizard_Squared) October 4, 2022
time to bring back this clip of velma and her fans pic.twitter.com/KXyz0m1jCK— torb ???? (@torbalderson) October 6, 2022