I was raised in a traditionalist Baptist home that held to good old-fashioned “family values”, one of the most important being that God established marriage to be the permanent union of a man and a woman. This idea was ingrained into me when I was very young, and I certainly did not know anyone who did not follow this pattern.
That all changed in ninth grade, when I went to public school for the first time.
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.
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.
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.)