Diversity in Media Representation: LGBTQ: Queer Coding
subtextual coding of a character or relationship in a piece of media as queer
Peik Lin (Akwafina) drives her old college roommate Rachel (Constance Wu) to the Young estate, where her boyfriend Nick (Henry Golding) is waiting to welcome her and introduce her to his family. When Nick comes out to greet them, he surprises Peik Lin by inviting her to join the party.
After meeting to discuss shared memories of alien abduction and violation, Brian (Brady Corbet) and Avalyn (Mary Lynn Rajskub) encounter a dead deer she says was experimented on by aliens and then left in the field near her home. When she presses Brian to insert his hand into an incision in the body, he experiences flashbacks of past alien abduction and violation -- with a young Neil (Chase Ellison) appearing in them alongside his own past self (George Webster)
On a walk shortly after meeting, Avalyn (Mary Lynn Rajskub) and Brian (Brady Corbet) discuss the relationship between dreams and alien abduction. She shows him a scar on her leg she considers evidence of an alien tracking device, inviting him to touch it; he tells her about his history of nosebleeds after memory lapses.