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Queering the NFL: Why Queer Characters Need Strong Allies Against Toxic Masculinity

It’s difficult enough to have a profession that ensures you remain closeted, but creating a queer character who doesn’t know anyone like them is extremely harmful.

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GLAAD Finds LGBTQ Representation on Television Is Increasing, But Is Still Pushing Old, Damaging Stereotypes

GLAAD hosted a TCA panel to discuss the state of LGBTQ+ representation in television today. And I don't think you'll be surprised to hear that there's still a lot of work to be done.

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In an Historic Move, Star Trek: Discovery Will Feature an Openly Gay Couple, Played By Gay Actors

This should not be a rare thing!

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Supergirl Fans Are Rightfully Angry With the Cast’s Flippant Dismissal of Kara/Lena Luthor Shippers

There is a fundamental misunderstanding of why shipping is so important to LGBTQIA fans, and why it's more than just silly fantasy.

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Close-Knit Breaks Ground as a Mainstream Japanese Film About a Trans Woman

Japan just premiered one of its first mainstream LGBTQ movies about a trans woman, and the response has been pretty positive overall.

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Bryan Fuller Celebrates Making TV Gayer in His Outfest Acceptance Speech

In his acceptance speech as the Outfest Achievement Award Honoree, Bryan Fuller looked back at all the opposition he's faced to gay characters on his shows - and how his experience with American Gods demonstrates how much things have changed.

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Episode 3 of American Gods Could Be A Landmark for Queer Middle Eastern Representation

The third episode of American Gods reportedly contains a very explicit gay sex scene between two Middle Eastern men, which left quite a few reviewers feeling hot and bothered. But will it be sexy or exploitative?

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Did Heather Matarazzo’s Below Her Mouth Twitter Thread Discount the Experiences of Bisexual Women?

Below Her Mouth is a Canadian film making its U.S. debut this weekend. It's a story about queer women told by a queer, female director that boasts an all-female crew and creative team. Sounds pretty cool, right? Well, having all these elements in place doesn't necessarily guarantee quality representation, or even representation that's creative. For actress Heather Matarazzo, the film's entire premise is severely lacking, as are the imaginations of many queer filmmakers.

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YouTube Has Updated Restricted Mode to (Hopefully) Allow All-Ages LGBTQIA Content

YouTube says they've identified and fixed the problem with Restricted Mode, which was criticized back in March for blocking all-ages LGBTQIA videos as if they were "mature content."

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How Queerbaiting Discussions Show Heteronormativity Is Alive and Well

The way queerbaiting is discussed and dismissed demonstrates, perhaps as much as queerbaiting itself, how far we still have to go in terms of normalising the diversity and complexities of queer desire in mainstream television.

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An Heiress Hunts for a Wife in the new Queer Period Drama from HBO and BBC One

Shibden Hall, a new eight-part drama from HBO and BBC One, will explore the 19th-century marriage plot through the lens of Anne Lister, sometimes called "the first modern lesbian."

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How Gay Is Your Geek TV?

Fantasy and sci-fi television has some great LGBTQ+ representation—but progress still needs to be made.

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The Return of Young Justice May Carry the Promise of More LGBTQ Representation

Greg Weisman, co-creator of Young Justice, explained in a series of tweets that, essentially, times have changed, and they may very well be allowed to acknowledge and openly talk about characters who were once thought to be only coded as LGBTQ.

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Just Let Them Kiss: The Line Between Sexualizing and Sterilizing Same-Sex Romances in Media

We'll never be satisfied. We want queer representation, but when we get it, it's not good enough.

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Dear Hollywood: Now’s the Time to Make All Our Favorite Characters Gay

A man who believes that electrocuting me will cure my queerness is a heartbeat from running our country, and if that’s not a good reason for Captain America to kiss a boy, I don’t know what is.

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GLAAD Reports Increase in LGBTQ Characters on Television, With Disappointing Results on Racial Diversity

"Bury Your Gays" rears its ugly head again.

GLAAD recently shared a report that says there have never been more LGBTQ characters on television than we have now, but TV still lacks when it comes to racial diversity.

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This Is How You Do It: Phil Jimenez Introduces a Queer Female Hero of Color in Superwoman #3

I can't wait for the day when revelations like this are commonplace and no longer "newsworthy." But, as we don't yet live in that time, I was thrilled to see the inclusion of yet another queer female character in the DC Comics universe. And this time, we have another queer woman of color to join Renee Montoya and Grace Choi.

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Schrödinger’s Queer: Does Representation Without Confirmation Mean Anything?

Kate McKinnon is an out lesbian and infused her Ghostbusters performance with glorious queerness, but following the release of the movie there were many questions raised as to whether Holtzmann was really gay. All of this lead me to the question: if a queer character exists in media without explicit confirmation, does it make a sound?

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Sherlock‘s Holmes & Watson Will Never Date, Say Showrunners: “This Is Not Going to Happen”

Whether you're involved in the Sherlock fandom or not, it would be almost impossible for you to evade the question as to whether or not John Watson and Sherlock Holmes will end up in a romantic relationship together. It's not a new question when it comes to these two classic characters.

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Meet the Women on the Front Lines of Comics’ Queer Revolution

A sitrep from the War on Heteronormativity.

Queer women now have an obvious and growing place in comics, both on the page and in the industry. What is that place though? How are we making it and how far do we still have to go? Several queer creators and other women in the comics industry gave me their perspectives on the issue.

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