Texas Monthly Recommends: Netflix’s Adaptation of ‘The Baby-Sitters Club’

Texas Monthly Recommends: Netflix’s Adaptation of ‘The Baby-Sitters Club’

The 2016 revelation that The Baby-Sitters Club author Ann M. Martin is queer sparked excitement and countless blog posts across the internet, including a 2019 story whose headline posed a question: “Could the Baby-Sitters Club Have Been More Gay?” The answer: yes. Netflix’s new adaptation, released July 3, features multiple LGBT characters, continuing to spread the books’ message of acceptance. One of the show’s most poignant episodes is its fourth, “Mary Anne Saves the Day,” which documents Mary Anne’s first encounter with a transgender girl, Bailey—played by Texan Kai Shappley. (Shappley was recently featured in the Emmy-winning documentary Trans in America: Texas Strong, and was a central figure in the fight for transgender students’ bathroom access in Pearland.) The ’90s novels, which lived in many a sixth-grader’s backpacks,…View Original Post

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