Wonder Woman is Queer!

In a great interview at Comicosity, Greg Rucka let the world know that Wonder Woman is queer. No joke, DC’s first lady is queer!

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Matt Santori-Griffith: I’m going to start off simple and to the point. The Wonder Woman that you and Nicola have introduced to us in “Year One” — is she queer?

Greg Rucka: How are we defining “queer?”

You’re applying a term specifically and talking to an ostensibly cis male (and white to boot), so “queer” to me may not be the same as it is to an out gay man. So, tell me what queer is.

MSG: Fair enough. For the purposes of this conversation, I would define “queer” as involving, although not necessarily exclusively, romantic and/or sexual interest toward persons of the same gender. It’s not the full definition, but it’s the part I’m narrowing in on here.

GR: Then, yes.

I think it’s more complicated though. This is inherently the problem with Diana: we’ve had a long history of people — for a variety of reasons, including sometimes pure titillation, which I think is the worst reason — say, “Ooo. Look. It’s the Amazons. They’re gay!”

And when you start to think about giving the concept of Themyscira its due, the answer is, “How can they not all be in same sex relationships?” Right? It makes no logical sense otherwise.

It’s supposed to be paradise. You’re supposed to be able to live happily. You’re supposed to be able — in a context where one can live happily, and part of what an individual needs for that happiness is to have a partner — to have a fulfilling, romantic and sexual relationship. And the only options are women.

Please read the rest of the article, it’s really good.

6 Queer Characters of Color we should see in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Marvel has a huge cinematic and TV universe. From film to Netflix, they got it covered with amazing tales and incredible characters. However, we think it’s time to see more queer characters on the scene, especially more queer characters of color.

So check out this list of some folks we should see soon.

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America Chavez (Miss America)

America has an interesting background that mixes space, different dimensions and time. We could see her in the Infinity War, GOTG or in Captain Marvel, considering America’s back story. Also, she could pop up in Agents of SHIELD as they start exploring other dimensions.

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Xi’an Coy Manh (Karma)

With this talk of a New Mutants film, they better include “Shan”. Her power to possess people is absolutely amazing and her back story… It’s rough, but it could provide an excellent tale of inner strength and resilience. Shan has always been a wise member of any team, so seeing her on screen would be phenomenal!

 

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Miguel Santos (Living Lightning)

Miguel is one of those characters we don’t hear a lot about in the Marvel universe. He’s very powerful though, flying sub-light speeds, invulnerability in his energy form and can manipulate bursts of electricity and electrical fields of varying intensities. Miguel would be an asset to any team, in fact, he’s been an Avenger.

 

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Ren Kimura

The Inhumans are beginning to flourish in the MCU. With new ones appearing regularly, why not add Ren to the mix. Her powers are kind of cool; Ren’s skin on her hands and forearms can transform into to metallic razors. It would neat to see her powers at work.

 

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Timothy Cababa

Tim doesn’t have superpowers, but he works for Tony Stark as a scientist. It would be interesting learn more about Tony’s business through the characters running departments and projects in his name. Tim could be that character. He could be someone useful for the Agents or The Defenders.

 

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Xavin

If The Runaways series gets picked up, Xavin should on the team. Xavin is a Skrull who’s in an interesting situation. Xavin came to earth to marry Karolina Dean, but Karolina is a lesbian. No biggie for a Skrull, since they are shape shifters. So, Xavin shifts into a Black woman. If done right, Xavin will be a fascinating character to watch. The complexities of being a lesbian/POC/male/female could give us a character so multi-layered and beyond anything we expecting.

Queer Characters of Color in Horror… Belle from Fight Night 2

There are not many queer folks of color in Horror. There are a few here and waaaaay over there, but nothing consistent. However, when we do represent, we make a lasting impression.

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One of the biggest queer Horror characters that always sticks with me is Belle from the original Fright Night 2. Belle was an unique and fascinating character in this film. Belle was an androgynous, maybe Trans, sexy and mysterious vampire that stole every scene.

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Draped in high fashion, Belle was hard to ignore.

For me, to see a Black character like Belle was everything! I was in awe of this vampire in so many ways. Besides the hair and the fashion, Belle was deadly AF! The scene where Belle attacks a student on roller skates is so iconic! The serpentine movements and Belle’s look in at scene made me a fan for life.

The actor who played Belle, was Russell Clark. Russell was a choreographer who worked on many films and projects like: Xanadu, Blade Runner, Earth Girls Are Easy, Teen Witch, House Party 3, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, and Vamp.

Sadly, we lost Russell in 2002 to cancer but his work, especially as the character Belle, will always live on.