Upcoming Marvel Movie Will Feature Lesbian Superhero

Dr. Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, the latest Marvel movie, will be in theaters Friday of this week (May 6). The movie will include an approximately 12-second scene featuring a lesbian superhero talking about her lesbian moms. The superhero’s name is America Chavez, played by actress Xochitl Gomez.

This comes in the wake of LGBTQ+ inclusive Marvel superheroes and storylines, including a gay superhero and his husband in the movie Eternals. Saudi Arabia withheld the release permit until Disney (which owns Marvel) would cut the scene, which Disney refused to do. Eternals was also banned across the Persian Gulf states for featuring the gay superhero.

Though the scene in the upcoming movie is short, these characters and plotlines are a major step toward increased LGBTQ+ inclusivity in one of the hottest superhero franchises in the world. At present no trans or non-binary characters exist in any of the MCU movies, but it’s likely to come soon.

Two Lawmakers Defend Against Anti-Trans Bigotry

Republican Missouri State Representative Chuck Basye introduced an amendment to a new bill that would give local school districts the power to call elections to choose if transgender girls can play school-sponsored girls’ sports. In response, Representative Ian Mackey, who is openly gay, defended the trans community. Mackey asked Basye why Basye’s brother did not tell his family he was gay. Basye replied: “He thought that, uh, we would hold that against him and not let my children be around him.” Here was Mackey’s reply.

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“An Atheist loves himself and his fellow man instead of a god. An Atheist knows that heaven is something for which we should work now – here on earth – for all men together to enjoy. An Atheist thinks that he can get no help through prayer but that he must find in himself the inner conviction and strength to meet life, to grapple with it, to subdue, and enjoy it. An Atheist thinks that only in a knowledge of himself and a knowledge of his fellow man can he find the understanding that will help to a life of fulfillment. Therefore, he seeks to know himself and his fellow man rather than to know a god. An Atheist knows that a hospital should be built instead of a church. An Atheist knows that a deed must be done instead of a prayer said. An Atheist strives for involvement in life and not escape into death. He wants disease conquered, poverty vanquished, war eliminated. He wants man to understand and love man. He wants an ethical way of life. He knows that we cannot rely on a god nor channel action into prayer nor hope for an end to troubles in the hereafter. He knows that we are our brother’s keeper and keepers of our lives; that we are responsible persons, that the job is here and the time is now.” – Madalyn Murray O’Hair

Everything Wrong With Ron DeSantis

On February 24, 2022, the Florida House passed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which moved to Governor Ron DeSantis’ desk. He signed it on March 25.

What is the “Don’t Say Gay” bill? It’s formally known as Senate Bill 1834 and House Bill 1557, “Parental Rights in Education”. (Note that euphemism, “parental rights”. It comes up in all sorts of arenas, and essentially means encouraging ultra-conservative parents to keep their kids in their conservative bubble.)

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The Pledge of Allegiance: A Critique

In 2017, a then-seventeen-year-old student, Mari Leigh Oliver, filed suit against her high school after she was repeatedly penalized for not standing for the Pledge of Allegiance. Her teacher wrote her up, and when she reported it to the principal, it was defended. At another point, the teacher took away her phone due to her “lack of respect” for the pledge. (It probably won’t come as a surprise that this teacher also regularly read Bible passages in this public school.) American Atheists took on her case, and they recently won a large settlement.

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