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New Google LGBTIQA+ Glossary Literally Erases Bisexuality/Pansexuality

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In a new LGBT+ glossary, aiming to educate the public and media on LGBT+ language and community, Google has literally erased bisexuality. Last week, the Google News Initiative announced the project in partnership with VideoOut, titled the “LGBTQ+ language and media literacy program”. The tool, essentially a glossary of 100 words that uses Google Trends to track the popularity of LGBT+ terms, was created with queer PhD linguists. But, despite being in the acronym used throughout the project, the word “bisexual” was left out of the glossary, as were “pansexual” and “Two Spirit“. Full Story from Pink News

STUDY: Bi Erasure is Common, Even Among Gays & lesbians. Duh.

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Erasure of bisexual men is common, even among other people in the LGBT+ community, according to new research. The study, published in the European Journal for Social Psychology, found that most people still believe bisexual men are more attracted to other men than they are to women. Meanwhile, most people believe bisexual women are equally attracted to both men and women – suggesting that there is a problematic bias in perceptions of bisexuality. To complete the study, researchers polled 787 people on their perceptions of bisexuaity, according to PsyPost. Participants were told that the study was investigating people’s views on … Read more

Queer Female Pirates Unerased From History

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Two trailblazing female pirates who shared a tender same-sex romance have been commemorated with a striking new statue. Anne Bonny and Mary Read, born in the late 18th century, have largely been erased from history by predominantly male historians – but now, they are taking their rightful place in the annals of the past. The women, who were lovers, have been immortalised by artist Amanda Cotton in a sculpture titled Inexorable. Previewed at London’s Execution Docks on 18 November, the artwork was commissioned to mark the launch of Hell Cats, a new Audible podcast that celebrates Bonny and Read’s lives … Read more

FOR READERS: Erasing Bisexual Erasure

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FOR READERS Today’s reader topic comes from QSFer J. Scott Coatsworth: Mass media has an unfortunate tendency to erase bi characters, or to go too far in the opposite direction to show they are bisexual by using promiscuity to illustrate bisexuality. So let’s do a bit of unerasure. What are your favorite books, movies and films that do bisexual characters well? Writers: This is a reader chat – you are welcome to join it, but please do not reference your own works directly. Thanks! Join the chat

FILM: Will PG Version of Deadpool 2 Erase Lesbian Relationship?

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The producers of Deadpool 2 have announced that an edited PG-13 version of the film will be released, casting doubt over whether it will include the movie’s groundbreaking lesbian relationship. Fans praised the second installation of Deadpool earlier this year for introducing Yukio (Shioli Kutsuna), the girlfriend of Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand). Entertainment website Deadline has reported that 20th Century Fox will release a PG-13 film called Once Upon A Deadpool in cinemas from December 12 to Christmas Eve. The youth-friendly version of the movie will be largely made up of edited clips from Deadpool 2, which meet the requirements for the lower age-rating. This means there … Read more

COMICS: Who Should Be the First Queer Avenger On the Big Screen?

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As Avengers: Infinity War comes out to the public this week, with its dozens of superheroes, the lack of LGBT representation will be painfully clear. After all, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) contains precisely zero queer superheroes. In fact, whenever the company has the chance to incorporate one of its many, many LGBT characters into a global blockbuster, it balks at the opportunity. This even means erasing scenes which reveal a queer character’s sexuality, as happened with Thor: Ragnarok‘s Valkyrie. Or, more likely, it can mean ignoring canon developed for years, sometimes even decades, in the pages of Marvel’s comic … Read more

COMICS: Black Panther Film Erases Lesbian Relationship

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Marvel has moved to quash speculation that two warriors in the upcoming film Black Panther will be in a lesbian relationship. The film, due to be released in February 2018, is about T’Challa, the superhero king and protector of African nation Wakanda, who featured in Captain America: Civil War. Fans had been excited by the prospect of Okoye and Ayo, two of the titular character’s bodyguards, getting together as Ayo and fellow female warrior Aneka do in the comics. And these hopes were encouraged by reports that an early screening of the film featured Walking Dead star Danai Gurira’s Okoye … Read more

For Writers: Bisexual Erasure


Today’s writer topic comes from QSFer Brian Cherry: Gay for you, bisexual erasure and gay romance with only one or no actual gay or bi character in the relationship. We have a long history of trying to make things black or white in our society – we like people to fit into either/or boxes. Even in the LGBTIQA community, this has been a problem. This has manifested itself in various ways over the years, many of them affecting our bisexual friends. For instance, for a long time, many gay men who fought hard to be open and proud about their … Read more