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A League of Their Own: Abbi Jacobson and Will Graham talk “incredibly queer” reimagining

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Abbi Jacobson says it was “so important” to represent “different types” of queerness in A League of Their Own. Created by the Broad City alum alongside Will Graham, the Prime Video series is a reimagining of the 1992 sports drama of the same name, which tells a fictionalised account of the real life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

Starring Geena Davis, Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell, Lori Petty, Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz, David Strathairn, Garry Marshall and Bill Pullman, the film has been reclaimed as a queer cult classic due to its sapphic themes and subversion of traditional gender roles.

Despite this, it didn’t authentically honour the behind-the-scenes queerness of the league, with original player Maybelle Blair – who came out earlier this year at age 95 – recently revealing that at least “400” of the 650 players identified as part of the LGBTQ+ community.  “A League of Their Own is such a gay film and not gay at all, simultaneously,” Jacobson tells us in the brand new issue of GAY TIMES. “Will and I are both queer, and it was part of our initial conversation of what types of stories we felt were not told in the film. “The more research we did, the more we found out that the league in particular was really queer.

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