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Star Wars Stands Up for Its Queer Fandom

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Star Wars creators are once again facing backlash from those who think a galaxy filled with wookies, ewoks and droids couldn’t possibly include LGBTQ+ characters. The official Star Wars account spoke out after trolls complained about a Pride Month comic. Throughout June, Marvel is releasing seven special Star Wars variant covers celebrating LGBTQ+ characters. One of them, Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #24, features T’onga and Losha, two female characters from the Bounty Hunters series who are partners. Accompanying the main image is the Star Wars logo with a rainbow trail, and a small rainbow burst. When the cover was shared … Read more

FOR READERS: Books With a Surprise Creamy Queer Center

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FOR READERS Today’s reader topic comes from QSFer Jennifer Lavoie: Have you ever picked up a random spec fic book to read and found surprise queer characters? What books were a delightful surprise? 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: FB:

TV: She-Ra Reboot to Feature At Least Two Queer Characters

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She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, a reboot based on the hugely-popular 1980s spinoff character from the Masters of the Universe franchise, is set to include at least two LGBT characters. Creator Noelle Stevenson and voice cast members Aimee Carrero, Karen Fukuhara and Marcus Scribner revealed the news during the show’s panel at New York Comic Con on 4 October. Although, it seemed like they didn’t actually intend to give away such key information just yet…  So how did it all slip out? Well, the quartet was asked during the event which of the new series’ characters were their … Read more

New Marvel Series Could Feature Nine Queer Superheroes

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Marvel is developing a TV show starring an all-female team of superheroes—and it could introduce a host of amazing queer characters to the small screen. The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) currently contains precisely zero queer superheroes, but Marvel has been more progressive in its TV offerings.  Runaways features two queer superheroes in the shape of Karolina Dean and Nico Minoru, two of the main characters who slowly realise their sexuality while also figuring out their powers. And these teenage heroes are two of at least nine LGBT+ characters who might be about to make the leap from Marvel’s comic … Read more

Marvel Producer: Queer Characters Are Coming to Marvel Films

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A Marvel film boss has addressed the “frustration” about the failure to include visible LGBT characters in the film universe. Despite featuring hundreds of characters across its 20 blockbuster films to date, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has never featured a visible LGBT character, despite many in the source comic books on which the films are based.  Several of the films, including Thor: Ragnarok, did have characters who were intended to be LGBT – but all references to their sexuality have unfailingly ended up on the cutting room floor. It has been alleged that Disney bosses are concerned that … Read more

Two Queer Characters Will Appear in Future Marvel Films


President of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, said future films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) will introduce two LGBTQ characters. While speaking with Gregory Ellwood from The Playlist, Feige addressed the glaring blemish on the ever-expanding franchise. Ellwood point-blank asked Feige: ‘When are we getting a Gay, Bi, LGBTQ, out character in the MCU? Is it even in the works?’ Feige had an equally direct response and that was simply ‘yes’. He then added the characters are both ones fans have seen before and also completely new. The answers don’t give away much, especially before they’re actually seen on the … Read more

POV: Why Aren’t Queer Characters Simply Allowed to Be Queer?


When Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling revealed Albus Dumbledore was gay after the publication of Deathly Hallows, there was an uproar. She broke the cardinal rule — often attributed to Russian playwright Anton Chekhov — show, don’t tell. The theory is simple. In storytelling, don’t tell the audience what a character is like, or how a setting feels, show them through senses, actions, and feelings. By telling fans Dumbledore was gay, rather than showing us (even implications of his relationship with Grindelwald in the seventh book are a stretch at best), there’s a robbery of representation. What good does it do queer … Read more

Burying Your Queer Women


A record number of gay characters are featured on broadcast series, but small-screen shows overall can be deadly for the female ones, according to a study released Thursday. More than 25 lesbian and bisexual female characters died on scripted broadcast, cable and streaming series this year, the media advocacy group GLAAD found in its report on small-screen diversity. While TV remains far ahead of film in gay representations, the medium “failed queer women this year” by continuing the “harmful ‘bury your gays’ trope,” the report said. The violent deaths included characters Poussey Washington (played by Samira Wiley on “Orange is … Read more