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March 1, 2017

Disney Releases Gay Characters for First Time Ever



Heartbreak is real -- even for cartoon characters. In a new episode of Disney XD's "Star vs the Forces of Evil," Star Butterfly is crushed when her boy-BFF Marco smooches another girl. But that’s not why the internet's buzzing!

It was so nonchalant that it's almost unnoticeable: The scene was the first-ever Disney cartoon to include a same-sex kiss. In fact, there were two.


In the episode, a One Direction-esque boyband launches into a rendition of their hit song "Just Friends." 14-year-old Star and Marco (who are, of course, just friends themselves -- for now!) are rocking out.

Suddenly, Star notices that she and Marco are surrounded by kissing couples. Among them are a gay couple and a lesbian one.The landmark cartoon moment is lost on Star (voiced by "The Middle"'s Eden Sher), who is just alarmed to turn around and see Marco locking lips with another girl! Has she been secretly crushing on him all along? We’ve all been there. We haven't yet seen any obvious nods to the LGBT community during Disney's big-screen features -- although some speculated gay undertones in "Frozen" -- but that'll soon change with the March release of "Beauty and the Beast."According to director Bill Condon, LeFou (Josh Gad) will clearly demonstrate a struggle with his own feelings toward leading man Gaston. The film will include Disney's first "exclusively gay moment.”There will be a “big pay-off at the end,” Condon promised. 



We haven't yet seen any obvious nods to the LGBT community during Disney's big-screen features -- although some speculated gay undertones in "Frozen" -- but that'll soon change with the March release of "Beauty and the Beast."

According to director Bill Condon, LeFou (Josh Gad) will clearly demonstrate a struggle with his own feelings toward leading man Gaston. The film will include Disney's first "exclusively gay moment."


There will be a “big pay-off at the end," Condon promised.

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December 21, 2016

Tracer, Banned by Putin for Being Gay Has Come Out to All






 

In the comic, Tracer is trying hard to find a last-minute Christmas present for Emily – a blue/green scarf – but, as a good samaritan, she feels guilty and gives the last available scarf to another patron present at the store. Luckily, the holiday spirit works in her favour as a young girl presents her with the exact same scarf just in time for her to bring it back home.

Tracer’s exact sexual inclination is still unclear, as far is if she is a lesbian, bisexual or some other identity in the LGBTQIA+ spectrum but I doubt that much will be explicitly confirmed.

Tracer’s freshly announced sexuality has received mixed reactions. Many are still in doubt if this is merely perpetuating the “hot lesbian” trope. Basically, the argument here is that Blizzard might be taking a shortcut to LGBT representation in Overwatch.

And, there’s something to be said for stating and understating someone’s sexuality, the way The Last of Us accomplished with Bill – a character who just so happened to be a gay, but it was never sensationalised by the media.

Some have also made the argument that a more challenging paradigm shift would actually be the inclusion of gay male characters. While more gay males showcasing would be an interesting addition, it should not come at the cost of female LGBT representation, which is disproportionately low compared to male LGBT representation.

August 6, 2013

New Novel Has Batman & Robin As Gay Secret Lovers


                                                                           



Any male character that runs around in spandex with his "Boy Wonder" is going to be the target of a few speculative comments related to his sexuality. But a new novel has taken the speculation a step further, "outing" Batman and Robin as a gay couple.
Released in English this July in the U.K., Erotic Lives of the Superheroes has beengetting attention from British tabloids because in the novel, Batman is outed as a gay man. The story shows that Batman and Robin are an aging, bickering gay couple whose sex life has gone flat, and the dullness spurs Batman to pick up young men for one-night stands.
But Batman isn't the only superhero whose sex life is explored in the novel: It also imagines the erotic obsessions of characters like Superman, Mister Fantastic and Mystique.



Set in New York, the book was just released in English, but had been previously published in Italy in 2008. The book's author, Marco Mancassola, told The Independentthat "Batman has always had a very dark side. And it shouldn't be a shock that my version of this character indulges in weird forms of fetishism and extreme sex.
"Narcissism is his inner abyss," the author said. "He let his only real love story miserably fail because he is in love with the mystery of youth — that inacessible, fleeting kind of spirit that he sees in the eyes of his young male and female pick-ups."
The Independent article points out that lawyers from DC Entertainment may not like the depiction, but the author said, "There was no intention to shock or offend anybody:Erotic Lives of the Superheroes is just an attempt at exploring the complex humanity of a group of characters."
Of course, speculation about Batman's sexuality has been common among comic book fans for awhile, with even Batman writer Grant Morrison admitting "he's intended to be heterosexual, but the basis of the whole concept is utterly gay." Actor George Clooney, who played the character in the 1997 film Batman & Robin, has said he played the character as a gay man.
The book's staging of Batman as a gay man comes on the heels of actor Andrew Garfield surprising fans in mid-July with the question, "why can't Spider-Man be gay? Why can't he be into boys?”

July 10, 2013

“It Gets Better” With Archie and Kevin


The team behind the long-running Archie comic book series are the latest creative people to bring the It Gets Better campaign to life, with the help of their popular gay character Kevin.
Archie Comics’ CEO John Goldwater says he’s been thrilled by the response to Kevin Keller since he first appeared in print back in 2010, in a sell-out first issue.
“Kevin Keller will forever be a part of Riverdale,” he promises, “and he will live a happy, long life free of prejudice, hate and narrow-minded people.”
Comic book artist Dan Parent, who created Kevin, says the Archie team work hard to make sure that storylines include many issues that people face today.
“We now have stories about Kevin’s younger years in the form of a young adult novel,” he says of Kevin’s development. “We also were inspired to create future stories about his life as an enlisted member of the military who is marrying his boyfriend.”

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