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Representation Matters: How Watching 'Supergirl' On A Flight Went From Awful To Awesome

By Kristy Puchko | Twitter | January 5, 2017 |

By Kristy Puchko | Twitter | January 5, 2017 |

We’ve previously shared how the coming out of Alex Danvers on Supergirl gave a baby gay a great role model when she needed it most. But LGBTQA+ representation doesn’t only positively impact those represented. That’s the heartwarming lesson culled from one woman’s regrettable in-flight fight with a bigot, and the cathartic conversation that followed. It’s an emotional rollercoaster. Join us.

In her Twitter bio, Dened Rey identifies herself as “Feminist. Latina 🇨🇺🇵🇷. American 🇺🇸. TV Lover. Inhaler of Coffee. Screenwriter of strong female characters.”

Here’s her story, with our feels in gif outbursts.

For the record: this dude is so fearful of the gay contamination menace he worries some child on the flight will read a coming out scene from a popular television show and—boom—become corrupted. That’s his mindset.

All the snaps for you, Dened.

I would have been rage-crying all over him by now.

So, basically, this guy wanted the First Class seat for causing a ruckus and spewing hate speech?

Props to Dened for not backing down from a bigoted, bullying busy-body, then sharing her story (first in person, then on Twitter) to allow others to learn from it. Props to the flight attendant who gave her the upgrade, and took the time to throw shade at the super-sensitive homophobe. And props to the stranger who showed the courage to share her story, her vulnerability, and her growth.

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Kristy Puchko is the film editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.