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12  LGBTQ+ Webcomics Recommendations You Should Be Reading Right Now

The independent medium holds great power to include diverse representation.

One of the reasons why webcomics seem to be so well-received among creators and readers is the medium’s lack of restrictions, in which creative artists, unrestricted by the demands of corporate companies, may touch upon storylines and themes that would otherwise be censored or regulated in pursuit of profit.

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In Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame, Marvel Kills Its Token Women

What does it say that Marvel killed off its token women in the past two Avengers movies?

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Why Alabama’s Abortion Ban Goes Beyond Alabama

These laws may only be on the books in select states today—but tomorrow, or some time soon, they could come for all of us.

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Ace Books: 8 Reading Recommendations With Canon Asexual Representation

Print fiction, especially young-adult fiction, has made significant strides in showcasing this part of the LGBTQIA+ community, featuring the nuanced representation that’s so very lacking on the big or small screen. From books that focus primarily on romance to adventurous swashbuckling pirates, asexuals are beginning to be seen on the page in all types of stories. Here are eight noteworthy books that feature explicit and excellent asexual representation.

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What DC’s Raven Can Mean to People With Mental Illness

When we’re talking comic books, most people would agree that the best ones are those that act as metaphors for real-life problems. That’s what's best about DC superhero Raven.

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Five Diverse Romance Books That Need to be Adapted Into Major Movies

in honor of Crazy Rich Asians, To All the Boys I've Loved Before, and the path they paved, here are five romance books that need to be adapted on the big screen, pronto.

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How Legends of Tomorrow Is Subverting Toxic Masculinity at Every Turn

We stan these Legends.

The CW's DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is, simply put, one of the best shows on television right now. Every episode is a breath of fresh air that brings utter joy to those of us burnt out on grimdark angst at every turn. I could go on about its virtues for a longtime, but today I’d like to talk specifically about how Legends of Tomorrow is dismantling toxic masculinity, one character at a time.

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How Many Women Will Die Because Lawmakers Don’t Understand Basic Sex Education?

HB 481, signed into law this week but still yet to take effect, is shocking and terrifying in its cruelty, but in the context of the United States’ awful sex education and the horrific impact this has on drafting of bills like this, what more could we expect? HB 481 and the “fetal heartbeat” abortion bans routinely popping up in state legislatures across the country each week are the products of ignorance almost as much as they are of misogyny and cruelty.

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Queer Representation, Vampires, & What We Do in the Shadows

Whether it’s a human familiar who has spent a decade serving a Staten Island vampire in hopes of a being turned himself, a troupe of werewolves ready to mark their territory at any cost (provided they aren’t distracted by a squeaky toy), or a soldier of the Ottoman Empire so relentless he was named for his relentlessness, everyone needs characters to whom they can relate—and the FX comedy series What We Do in the Shadows delivers just that.

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Star Wars Master & Apprentice Qui-Gon/Obi-Wan Novel Is a Great Lesson in “What They Grow Beyond”

When Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi first appear onscreen in The Phantom Menace, they are already working together with the ease of well-worn familiarity, but the early days of the relationship between the two Jedi, depicted in the novel Master & Apprentice by Claudia Gray, were considerably more strained.

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Dear Fleabag, This Is a Love Letter

You won’t like it.

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No, We Don’t Need a White Man to Defeat Donald Trump

Within moments of former Vice President Joe Biden’s formal announcement of his presidential bid, he received a surge of excited media coverage that we’ve yet to see for any of the historic, highly qualified female Democratic presidential candidates, and nearly all of this coverage, whether in the form of op-eds, talk show segments, or news reports, has centered around the racist, sexist concept of “electability.”

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Exclusive Artwork Reveal and Excerpt From Keep This to Yourself

While discussing creative preorder incentives with my publisher, I tossed out the idea of commissioning an LGBTQ artist to come up with a queer twist on the garish, saturated covers of the worn vintage paperbacks I’d loved in high school. They loved the idea, and after a lot of research (there are a lot of talented queer illustrators in the world), we settled on a shortlist. From day one, however, I had one dream artist: the incredible comics artist and illustrator Cat Staggs.

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Interview: Inbar Lavi Fills Us in on Lucifer Season Four and Her Take on Eve

Lucifer season four is streamlined and full of emotional highs and hysterical beats that take advantage of the lack of network TV rules at its new home on Netflix. It’s basically the show you love, trimmed down and with 200% more toned butts, but aside from the partial nudity, the biggest addition to this season is Inbar Lavi as the first woman, Eve herself. Lavi took some time to chat with The Mary Sue about joining the show and playing the original sinner.

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4 Avengers: Endgame Comics Reading Recommendations You Haven’t Heard Before

So. You love the Avengers movies, and you’re sad that it’s over.

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It’s Time to Call the Lies of Anti-Abortion Rhetoric What They Are: Incitements to Violence

As if the relative success of anti-abortion propaganda film Unplanned weren't unsettling enough, abortion clinics spoke up this week about receiving increased harassment since the film’s release, from an influx of postcards calling on clinic workers to quit to clinic protesters increasingly citing the movie’s plot as reason to harass patients.

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Why The CW’s Batwoman Casting Raised Concerns About Jewish Representation

Recently, The CW announced the premiere of a new upcoming superhero series, featuring one of DC’s most high-profile LGBTQ+ superheroes, Batwoman. However, when it was announced that Ruby Rose (Orange Is the New Black) was cast as the titular character, Kate Kane (a.k.a. Batwoman), the news was received with mixed reviews for various reasons, one of them being that Rose is not of Jewish descent, while the comic book character is.

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Interview: Rose McIver and Robert Buckley Gave Us a Preview of iZombie’s Final Season

You wouldn't necessarily know what a dark turn The CW's iZombie has taken from talking to the leads of the show. They were all smiles and laughter when the Mary Sue visited the set last fall, and while there was definitely some sadness about reaching the end, they all seemed excited to tell the story.

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Louisiana Fighting a Bill That Would Protect Sexual Assault Survivors From Incarceration Is Part of an Alarming Trend

Lately, it seems like even matters of basic decency have become partisan and controversial, and now this includes SB 146, a bill in Louisiana’s state legislature meant to protect sexual assault survivors from being jailed as a means to coerce testimony from them.

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Killing Eve Season 2 Is Making Villanelle More Than Just a Fashionable Killer

BBC America’s Killing Eve is the sort of show that loves to subvert viewers’ expectations. Not only has the series gender-swapped the traditional cat and mouse procedural into something entirely new and different, it also fully embraces the that female villains can be just as compelling as their male counterparts.

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