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 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

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

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

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

Grant Morrison says Batman is gay, internet basically shrugs

Ever since the days of Fredric Wertham, people have been pointing out the homoerotic elements in Batman. There are hundreds of GIFs of Batman in his pink costume, or that famous scene where all the other DC heroes worry about their girlfriends, and Batman worries about Robin. There's even a Wikipedia entry on… » 4/29/12 1:00pm 4/29/12 1:00pm

New anthology of genderqueer stories includes a story called…

This is the coolest thing we've seen all day: a new anthology called Beyond Binary: Genderqueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction is coming out in May, and editor Brit Mandelo just announced the table of contents. Not only does it include several of our favorite authors, but a few of the story titles are… » 12/08/11 12:30pm 12/08/11 12:30pm

Top literary agent says it's not okay to be gay after the apocalypse

After the apocalypse, the scariest thing could be one gay teenager. At least, that's what one prominent agent who represents successful young-adult novelists seems to believe. This unnamed agent asked authors Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith to remove a gay character from their post-apocalyptic YA novel — or… » 9/12/11 2:45pm 9/12/11 2:45pm