When I write articles, I try not to inject my own POV but to represent the views of other people in the fandoms I report on, as accurately and as fully as I can. So don’t just take my word for it that these concerns are valid ones that other fans have raised!
Shortly after I wrote the article that you’re talking about, SPN hosted an #AskSupernatural tag on Twitter before Comic Con. It was a disaster because SPN fans flooded the tag to ask the producers and crew about all of the things that my article covered. You can see a selection of some of the most common kinds of questions that the fans in the article I wrote about it.
I’m a reporter, so my articles are not my feelings. In general I try to keep my own feelings about SPN out of my writing on the show, which is probably why Destiel fans have accused me of shipping Wincest and Wincest fans have accused me of shipping Destiel, haha. (I’ve read both.)
My gender/orientation aren’t secrets, but they’re not relevant to my reporting in this case except that like everything else about me they inform my desire for diversity, representation, and fully realized women, GLBTQ, and other disenfranchised characters in the media I consume.
So for example, in Buffy the Vampire Slayer the scene where her mother is saying, ‘Have you ever tried not slaying?’ Was that queerbaiting?
"We were using a gay metaphor, we were using a metaphor equating slaying to being gay that I thought was very powerful,” Espenson said.
“If you say any time that something is not canon that it’s just metaphorical, it’s queerbaiting, then you lose that opportunity. Then I think it also scares creators away from taking their first tentative step into using a gay character. If they start with some subtext and are rebuffed they’re never going to go near it. So I think let’s have better assumptions about people’s intent."