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TV: Voltron Hero Is Gay, Interracial

Shiro - Voltron

One of the main heroes in the Netflix series Voltron Legendary Defender is gay.

In the upcoming seventh season of the animated series, Team Voltron returns to Earth after spending a long time in outer space.

During the Voltron Legendary Defender panel at San Diego Comic Con on 20 July those involved in the show previewed the upcoming season. It was here that co-showrunner Lauren Montgomery confirmed that Shiro (voiced by Josh Keaton), the leader of Voltron, is gay.

In the new season, fans will be introduced to Adam, Shiro’s boyfriend/fiancé. On top of being a same-sex couple, Shiro and Adam are also an interracial couple. Adam, who is still on Earth, is black. Meanwhile, Shiro is a masculine Asian hero—something not typically seen in popular culture. Portrayals of Asian men tend to be effeminate and lacking masculinity.

By Rafaella Gunz – Full Story at Gay Star News

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2 thoughts on “TV: Voltron Hero Is Gay, Interracial”

  1. I’ve enjoyed Netflix’s other stabs at anime so I’ll definitely give this watch as well :)

    “Meanwhile, Shiro is a masculine Asian hero—something not typically seen in popular culture. Portrayals of Asian men tend to be effeminate and lacking masculinity.”

    Astute observation – in the past, pop culture often portrayed Asian men as asexual intellectuals or academics. It was the polar opposite of the equally problematic trope of portraying African characters as hypersexual. Glad that these tropes are starting to die out.

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