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TV: Steven Universe back With Anti-Racism Message

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Steven Universe may have left our screens but Garnet’s still on hand to remind kids about flexibility, love and trust. Cartoon Network enlisted Rebecca Sugar’s most authoritative Crystal Gem for a series of children’s anti-racism PSAs broadcast online and on TV. The first short, titled “Don’t Deny It, Defy It,” debuted Tuesday on the new website Crystal Gems Speak Up, which also offers links to social justice organisations and additional resources. The video shows two boys playing happily in a playground. In a casual nod to LGBT+ representation, one says to the other: “Hey, when we’re older let’s get married!” … Read more

Umbrella Academy to Tackle Homophobia and Racism in Season Two

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As The Umbrella Academy gears up to return for season two, Robert Sheehan (Klaus Hargreeves) has teased how the new episodes tackle homophobia and racism in the 1960s. The pansexual Klaus’ relationship with Dave struck a chord with queer fans in season one – until he was shot dead in battle during the Vietnam War. The Netflix original returns with a new run of episodes Friday (31 July), and this time the Hargreeves siblings have travelled back in time to the early 1960s – before Dave’s death. Though details of The Umbrella Academy’s season two plot are being kept tightly … Read more

REVIEW: Catfish Lullaby, by A.C. Wise

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Title: Catfish Lullaby Author: A.C. Wise Genre: Horror, Folklore, Eldritch, Southern LGBTQ+ Category: MM, Cis Publisher: Broken Eye Books Pages: 118 Reviewer: Dan Get It On Amazon About The Book Small town secrets lead to trouble for everyone as Caleb must confront the demons of his past in this Southern Gothic queer cosmic horror, a tale of weird magic and monsters on the bayou. LEWIS IS A TOWN OF SECRETS The Royce family has been a plague on the small, Southern town of Lewis for generations. Caleb has heard rumors about the family his whole life, just like he’s heard … Read more

FOR WRITERS/READERS: Fighting Sexism and Racism

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FOR WRITERS/READERS Today’s writer topic comes from QSFer Anastasia Vitsky: Many proponents of sci-fi point to acceptance of “difference” as why it’s a great genre. However, protagonists of sci tend to be, overwhelmingly, white men. I’m not talking about a secondary character or a walk-on, but the main character whose actions are integral to every major plot point. What responsibility do we have, as authors and readers of queer sci-fi, to work against sexism, racism, and exclusion in the books we read and write? Join the chat

Discussion: Racism and Bigotry in Fiction

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Today’s topic comes from QSFer Tim O’Leary: I work with someone who seemed perfectly nice in every way. Funny, charming, etc. And three months into knowing him, we were having a casual conversation and he nonchalantly revealed through a story he was telling that he was a raving anti-Semite. But what was most chilling was how calm and natural he was about it. So it made me think about fantasy and sci-fi with different races. Obviously we’ve seen examples of racism in Star Trek and shows like that, but usually the racism (bigotry against Klingons, etc) is overt and obvious. … Read more