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Things We Saw Today: Thor’s Tessa Thompson Says That Valkyrie is Bisexual

"And yes, she cares very little about what men think of her."

File this under the best news we've heard in a long, long time.

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Mattie Belmonde: The Dark Horse of Carmilla

With the Carmilla movie only three days away, I have been eyebrows deep in a very intense re-watch for personal and professional reasons. There are many reasons why Carmilla has grown to become such a huge success: the amazing LGBTQIA representation, the creative storytelling, the mythology and the stunning cast and creative team that has surrounded the project. All those things are excellent, but for me personally, the thing I love most about the show is, Mattie.

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Celebrate Spirit Day by Taking a Stand (and Action!) Against LGBTQIA Bullying

Spirit Day, a yearly campaign spearheaded by GLAAD, has arrived again! It's a campaign designed to show visible support for LGBTQIA youth and against bullying, and GLAAD encourages everyone to stand with them in solidarity by wearing purple. The internet has come out in droves.

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Spinning by Tillie Walden Is a Reminder of the Queer Narratives We Need

In Tillie Walden’s graphic memoir, it recounts the ten years of her life in which her mornings and nights were consumed by competitive figure skating. Initially, the structure, the intensity, and the competition are things that give Tillie comfort, a steadiness until her family decided to move from New Jersey to Texas. It is there that Tillie’s world begins to change and the routines she's set up for herself slowly fade away and the emotional needs she requires are more than ice-skating can give

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Jeff Sessions Shocks Us All and Sends Lawyer To Prosecute Transgender Murder Case

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is not a man on the frontline of Civil Rights. From the moment he was appointed to the position it was clear that the hardline conservative was not going to be supportive of the same LGBTQ laws that we’ve worked to gain. Which is why it was surprising when the New York Times reported that the Justice Department has sent a hate crime lawyer to Iowa to prosecute a man who murdered a transgender teen.

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California Becomes First State to Legally Recognize Nonbinary Genders On All State-Issued ID Documents

With the signing of the Gender Recognition Act, California officially became the first state to legally recognize nonbinary genders on all state-issued identity documents.

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[VIDEO]: Bella Heathcote Loves Professor Marston Because Anything That “Makes [Sex] Less Taboo Is Good”

Our Professor Marston and the Wonder Women coverage continues today with a word from the fabulous Bella Heathcote, who plays the role of Olive Byrne, lover to both William and Elizabeth Marston. I got to speak with Heathcote at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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Interview: Rebecca Hall Praises Professor Marston As a “Traditional, Romantic Movie About Un-Traditional People”

I spoke with the supremely talented Rebecca Hall, who plays Elizabeth Marston in Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, and she had a lot to say about why she believes the film is so important.

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The Real-Life Importance of Happy Endings for Queer Characters

Every time a character is identified as queer and then killed—even in a fantastical setting—that depiction serves to reinforce the idea of queer people as doomed and hopeless. Even if the people watching or reading know better, this negative representation produces a kind of unconscious conditioning. Just like old Pavlov’s dogs, all of us are constantly building mental associations and strengthening them with repeated exposure. Demonstrate something again and again and it becomes ingrained.

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Things We Saw Today: Gal Gadot, as Wonder Woman, Makes out With Kate McKinnon on SNL

This is a situation many of us have dreamed about, and now it exists in sketch form.

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A NYCC Marvel Retailer Event Turned Ugly, With Complaints About “Freaking Females” and Diversity

At a retailers' breakfast happening adjacent to NYCC, comic retailers had a panel of Marvel editors, writers, and staff on hand to answer their questions. But a normally tame event erupted into bickering and boos, because our never-ending culture wars always seem to find a fresh battlefield.

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Things We Saw Today: The U.S. Voted Against UN Resolution Banning the Death Penalty for LGBTQIA+ People

So, here's another addition to today's Terrible Parade: The U.S. Amabassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, voted against a resolution that would globally ban the death penalty for LGBTQIA+ people, joining Botswana, Burundi, Egypt, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, China, India, Iraq, Japan, Quatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE.

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Department of Justice Argues That Employers Should Be Able to Fire You For Being Gay

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed a brief arguing that your employer should legally be able to fire you if you tell customers you're gay.

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Oh Hey, I Guess Teen Wolf Is Finally Over

A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away called 2011, I started watching the television show Teen Wolf because everyone in online fandom told me to.

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DC Comics Is Receiving an Award for Their Depiction of LGBTQIA Characters, but There’s Still a Lot of Work to Do

The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Entertainment Network (GLSEN) announced that they're awarding this year's Visionary Award to DC Comics, citing the publisher's "commitment to showcasing diverse storylines."

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Each of These Queer Pride Shirts Is More Delightful Than the Next

I love nothing so much as a clever t-shirt, and these fit the bill while also waving the flag high for LGBTQIA representation.

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Things We Saw Today: Brie Larson Is on Set as Captain Marvel in Avengers: Infinity War Part Two

Actress Brie Larson was spotted getting ready for her role as Carol Danvers in the upcoming Infinity War.

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EMMYS 2017: Heaven Is a Place on Earth As “San Junipero” Takes Home the Best Everything

We were thinking it might be a long-shot, but once Charlie Brooker took home the Outstanding Writing for a TV Movie or Limited Series Emmy tonight, it started to seem a little more possible. And then it happened! "San Junipero" won the Emmy for Outstanding TV Movie!

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Pennywise and The Babadook Sitting In a Tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G. And It’s “Babawise,” I Don’t Care What Anyone Says

The Internet couldn't be happier.

The Babadook and Pennywise are currently Hollywood's newest "it" gay couple. (Get it?)

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“Christian” Parents Pull Their Child From School Because They Can’t Handle Gender Fluidity

How very Jesus-like.

Two years after they yanked their older son out of the school system because (gasp) a student in his class began wearing a dress, Nigel and Sally Rowe are at it again.

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