Why Do We Need More Science Fiction By LGBT Writers?

Last year, Lightspeed Magazine had a special issue in which "Women Destroy Science Fiction" (and horror, and fantasy.) Now, Lightspeed is following up with "Queers Destroy Science Fiction." And today's the last day to support the Kickstarter. But why should you care about getting more LGBT SF? The editors of the issue… » 2/16/15 9:30am 2/16/15 9:30am

A Moving Horror Film About Two Boys Who Fall In Love In A Mental Clinic

Here's a short horror film that gets under the skin in more ways than one. At a teen mental health clinic, Jonah proudly refuses to socialize with the other patients — until he gets a new roommate, one whom he gradually feels a connection to. But why doesn't Jonah's new roommate ever sleep? » 1/07/15 12:20pm 1/07/15 12:20pm

In New Neil Gaiman Book, Sleeping Beauty Is Woken By Snow White's Kiss

Neil Gaiman's upcoming children's book, The Sleeper and the Spindle, is a richly illustrated collaboration with artist Chris Riddell that retells the story of Sleeping Beauty. But this time the princess is rescued not by a prince's kiss, but by a queen's. » 10/13/14 10:30am 10/13/14 10:30am

Turns out Hollywood isn't so gay-friendly after all. A new study of 5,700 members of SAG-AFTRA found way more widespread (and blatant) discrimination against LGBT performers and other professionals than you'd have expected (or hoped.) There's a town hall about it, being livestreamed at 5:30 PST. » 9/11/14 4:15pm 9/11/14 4:15pm

Alien Sexuality Should Be More Diverse Than Human Sexuality, Not Less

In response to a Star Trek writer's excellent rebuttal to a homophobic reader, we've had a lot of discussions in the last 24 hours about diversity in science fiction, how Star Trek should show a wider ranger of sexualities onscreen, and why alien sexuality and reproduction shouldn't necessarily resemble that of humans. » 8/12/14 4:20pm 8/12/14 4:20pm

When Will We Get LGBT Characters in Cartoons?

Representation of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) people in games, movies, cartoons, and other media have made progress as acceptance within the wider culture has become more main stream. The representation isn't always perfect but we have started moving away from harmful stereotypes and cliches. One… » 6/28/14 11:15am 6/28/14 11:15am

The incredibly sweet adventures of two superheroines in love

A superhero's life is filled with danger and excitement, but Kat Leyh's Supercakes comics tend to focus on the quieter moments in the lives of two superpowered ladies whose relationship is starting to become more serious. » 2/28/14 8:00pm 2/28/14 8:00pm

The Queer Comics Anthology We've Been Waiting For!

LGBT characters have made great strides in comics lately — we even had a same-sex wedding in the X-Men — but it's about time there were more stories focusing on queer protagoninsts. Enter Beyond, a brand new anthology of comics about LBGT heroes who save the day. With an amazing set of contributors... possibly… » 10/08/13 11:19am 10/08/13 11:19am

A New Grant to Encourage Science Fiction Writing from Diverse Worlds

Science fiction and fantasy are full of limitless possibilities — so it only makes sense to encourage writers from diverse backgrounds to write them. A new grant aims to help "writers from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in the genre to start and continue publishing." And you can help! » 9/30/13 10:59am 9/30/13 10:59am

Ender's Game studio tries reaching out to the LGBT community

This week, we wondered whether a boycott against the Ender's Game movie—prompted by author Orson Scott Card's particularly disgusting views on homosexuality—might be successful. It seems that Lionsgate, the studio distributing the film, is taking the prospect of a boycott seriously, issuing a statement to distance… » 7/13/13 1:00pm 7/13/13 1:00pm

Could the Ender's Game boycott actually sink the movie?

Usually when people organize a boycott of a big Hollywood movie, you sort of assume they'll barely make a dent. But with Ender's Game, it actually seems somewhat possible that the fan boycott of the film could generate enough static to keep the studio from getting the word out. » 7/11/13 4:13pm 7/11/13 4:13pm

My Own Personal Doctor Who Adventure

The amazing thing about Doctor Who is, it means many different things to different people. And a new anthology, Queers Dig Time Lords, aims to open up the meaning of Doctor Who for LGBT fans. Here's an essay from the book, by Nebula Award-winning author Rachel Swirsky. » 6/06/13 1:02pm 6/06/13 1:02pm

Gender-swapping superhero's creator responds to right-wing backlash

In SheZow, a 12-year-old boy accidentally puts on a magic ring that turns him into a female superhero, known as SheZow. It's an excuse for lots of fish-out-of-water comedy and some personal growth. Or, if you're Breitbart News, it's a left-wing conspiracy. We talked to SheZow's creator about the controversy. » 5/30/13 12:21pm 5/30/13 12:21pm

Saturday Webcomic: A roboticist meets his transgender robot…

Sixteen years after he died, famed roboticist Alastair Sterling wakes in a robot body to a world he barely recognizes. Artificial beings walk the Earth, many of them based on his own memories and designs. Confused about his resurrection and this brave new world, Al visits his old research partner Brendan to find more… » 3/23/13 8:30am 3/23/13 8:30am

The Most Mind-Expanding Lesbian Science Fiction Books

Nicola Griffith wrote the classic novels Ammonite and Slow River, so she's uniquely qualified to weigh in on lesbian-themed science fiction books. Someone asked her for some recommendations on her blog, and her list is well worth checking out. » 3/18/13 11:52am 3/18/13 11:52am

Do men really have higher sex drives than women?

There is possibly no greater source of debate than the age-old question of whether men want sex more than women. But embedded in that debate are a host of other questions. What is a "sex drive" anyway? What is a good scientific way to compare men and women's sexual desires? What happens when women want it more than… » 1/21/13 11:27am 1/21/13 11:27am

A young adult novel's hero is allowed to remain gay, after all

Almost exactly a year ago, all right-thinking people were upset by the fact that a prominent literary agent told two beloved authors that they needed to remove a gay character from their young-adult novel — or just turn him straight. The good news? Now Stranger by Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith has gotten… » 9/20/12 5:07pm 9/20/12 5:07pm

A Short History of Gay and Lesbian Superheroes

Marvel Comics caused a stir recently with a high-profile same-sex wedding in Astonishing X-Men. But gay and lesbian superheroes have been around forever. Here's a brief overview from Martin Eden, who recently published Spandex, a graphic novel about the first all-LGBT superhero team. » 7/03/12 4:03pm 7/03/12 4:03pm

George Takei and Robonaut 2 flash the Vulcan salute in support of LGBT…

Late last month, George Takei visited NASA's Johnson Space Center to speak about leadership and inclusiveness at an event sponsored by the Agency's "ASIA" and "Out & Allied" resource groups, which represent the Space Center's Asian-Pacific American and LGBT employees, respectively. » 6/12/12 11:30am 6/12/12 11:30am

DC plans to bring a prominent character out of the closet

DC Comics' New 52 has brought plenty of changes to its superpowered characters, but the publisher's policy has been not to change the sexual orientations of any existing characters. That's about to change, however, as DC co-publisher Dan DiDio announces plans to reintroduce an established character as gay. » 5/20/12 9:00am 5/20/12 9:00am