LGBTuesdays: Atomic Blonde
Even with all the progress made in the past decade toward representation in media, it's still rare to see bisexual folks as the lead character in a Hollywood blockbuster--let alone in a story that doesn't revolve around their sexuality--which is why 2017's Atomic Blonde was so refreshing and welcome.LGBTuesday Atomic Blonde 3The basic plot of the movie is a typical spy storyline; an MI-6 agent is assigned to track down a fellow spy in Berlin and recover valuable information before it slips into the wrong hands. The movie plays out with a few twists and turns that you'd expect from an action movie, the only major difference is that instead of a James Bond-type man seducing their female fellow secret agent, it's Agent Lorraine Broughton (Theron's character)LGBTuesday Atomic Blonde 1Throughout the movie it's made clear that Agent Broughton is attracted to men and women, but this in-and-of-itself is not a plot point or even explicitly mentioned. There is no "coming out" moment, and she's treated like any other character. The lighting in the movie is even a nod to the bisexuality, if you google "bisexual lighting" the first image to pop up is a still from Atomic Blonde.

In addition to this nice bit of representation, you also see many action-packed stunts that Theron performs exactly the same as any spy movie with a male lead, pulling no punches. If you're looking for an exciting spy action movie, female empowerment, or bisexual representation this movie delivers it all!LGBTuesday Atomic Blonde 2A fact about this movie you might not know is that it's based on a graphic novel called The Coldest City; both the graphic novel and DVD are available for checkout at the Library by clicking on the icons below!

Atomic Blonde DVDThe Coldest City by Antony Johnston