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  1. GLAAD Report Predictably Dour on Representation of LGBTQ Characters in Mainstream Film

    Oh, Hollywood.

    The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation have released their 2014 Studio Responsibility Index, finding that of the more than one hundred films released in 2013 by seven of the biggest mainstream movie studios in America, a mere seventeen contained any LGBTQ characters, even when counting the most minor of roles.

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  2. The New Batgirl Will Have More LGBT Representation Than Ever, Says Creative Team

    While we're all uber-excited about Batgirl's redesigned costume, and while we know that Gail Simone recently gave the upcoming creative team her blessing, we've all got the same concern: what's going to happen to Alysia Yeoh, Barbara Gordon's trans roommate who first appeared during Simone's run on the series?

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  3. We All Benefit From Better Representation

    C'mon, people, it's not rocket science.

    It's 2014, and I keep asking myself: Why aren't we farther than this? I don't just mean the lack of space colonization, sarcastic robots, and hoverboards that films promised me would be here by now. I mean representation in pop culture and storytelling. Seems we should be better about that, especially when the explanations for why we're not all sound pretty crap.

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  4. Things We Saw Today: Character Posters For The Giver

    Things We Saw Today

    I remain cautious about the film, but I've got to say -- that's a striking poster. (via Entertainment Weekly)

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  5. A Little History: LGBT Representation in Mainstream American Comics, Part 2


    With June being LGBT Pride Month, we're taking a looking at how LGBT content has been represented in mainstream American comics. This isn't a complete history, but we hope you'll find it informative of what's happened so far and helpful in considering what the future should bring. In Part 1 we covered the Golden Age of Comics, the creation of the Comics Code Authority, the first few stories that worked around the rules against LGBT content, and an editor who decreed that gays did not exist in the Marvel Universe (except for rapists in a "mature readers" magazine). Now we pick up in the 1980s.

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  6. Things We Saw Today: Genderbent Lara Croft Cosplay

    Things We Saw Today

    Dr. Teng's Lara Croft cosplay has a little Hawkeye Initiative thing going on. We approve. (picture by Anna Fischer, more at Fashionably Geek)

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  7. A Little History: LGBT Representation in Mainstream American Comics, Part 1


    Next month is June, aka LGBT Pride Month. In anticipation of this, and because it is good and necessary to discuss representation in pop culture and media, we present to you this look at how LGBT content has been portrayed in mainstream American comic books. This is by no means a complete history. We don't have the space for that. But we hope you'll appreciate this look at some of the major forces that have shaped stories and characters in the mainstream comic book medium.

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  8. Nintendo Issues Apology Over Lack Of Same-Sex Relationships In Tomodachi Life, Promises Better Representation In The Future

    Elsewhere on the internet

    After a poorly worded explanation of why same-sex relationships had been left out of the upcoming life simulation game Tomodachi Life, Nintendo has issued an apology on their American site. The original statement -- "We hope that all of our fans will see that Tomodachi Life was intended to be a whimsical and quirky game, and that we were absolutely not trying to provide social commentary" -- implied that the exclusion was deliberate. The follow-up is more reasonable: the oversight can't be patched at this point, but they'll do better next time.

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  9. Despite Fan Campaign, Nintendo Declines to Include Same-Sex Relationships in Tomodachi Life

    If you liked it then you should have put a Lantern Ring on it

    Nintendo of America says in a statement that it "never intended to make any form of social commentary with the launch of' Tomodachi Life," but if that's the case then they probably shouldn't have included marriage in the game at all.

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  10. New Campaign Asks Nintendo For Representation of Same-Sex Relationships

    The Sims: trailblazers in so many ways.

    Nintendo's 3Ds game Tomodachi Life allows players to befriend, date, and (if you want access to certain features) marry a virtual partner...as long as the resulting relationship is heterosexual. The #Miiquality movement asks Nintendo to allow same-sex relationships in Tomodachi--or at least acknowledge their absence.

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