Report: Marvel casting for a transgender superhero

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: 10 years of characters from Marvel Studios, photo courtesy Marvel Studios’ Facebook page.

Marvel Studios is reportedly casting for a transgender role in one of its upcoming film projects.

Geeks WorldWide reports that Marvel has sent out a casting call for a character named Jessica. The call is looking for any “transwoman actress of any ethnicity in her 20s to 30s.”

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Valkyrie named Marvel’s first LGBTQ superhero

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie. (Screenshot via YouTube.)

Marvel has confirmed that Valkyrie, portrayed by Tessa Thompson, will be the first LGBTQ superhero in its cinematic universe.

Thompson, who is bisexual, first teased the news during Marvel’s announcement of the film “Thor: Love and Thunder” at Comic-Con in San Diego on Saturday.

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Marvel’s first openly trans actor calls for more portrayals

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ABOVE: (L-R) Angourie Rice, Zach Barack and Remy Hii at the premiere of “Spider-Man: Far From Home.” Photo courtesy Sony Pictures/AP.

LOS ANGELES (AP) | The first openly transgender actor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe says there needs to be more representation of his experience.

Zach Barack plays a classmate of Peter Parker’s in “Spider-Man: Far From Home.” His gender identity is not addressed in the brief role.

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Tom Holland would like to see a gay Spider-Man

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the Natioan LGBT Media Association
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Tom Holland is open to Spider-Man being gay.

Holland, 23, currently portrays Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In an interview with the Sunday Times, Holland was asked if he would be okay with his character coming out as gay.

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ includes Marvel’s first gay character

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Avengers: Endgame” is already breaking box office records but it’s also taken a step toward more LGBTQ inclusion.

In the scene an unnamed man, played by co-director Joe Russo, is seen in a support group for people whose loved ones were lost to Thanos at the end of “Avengers: Infinity War.”

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‘Religious liberties’ bill renews a recurring Georgia debate

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ATLANTA (AP) | A ‘religious liberties’ bill that aims to add greater protections for personal beliefs has renewed a recurring debate in Georgia about discrimination and religious freedom.

Republican state Sen. Marty Harbin of Tyrone said Feb. 28 his proposal was drafted to mirror the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, passed by Congress in 1993 and signed into law by President Bill Clinton.

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02.21.2019 Tampa Bay Bureau Chief’s Desk

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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Just ahead of the year 2000, while my parents frantically fought over whether or not we owned enough bottled water and canned corn to survive the impending Y2K apocalypse, I had two main concerns as I entered my freshman year of high school.

The first was “X-Men,” an upcoming film starring Patrick Stewart from “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” Ian McKellen from “Apt Pupil” and Hugh Jackman from … nothing, really. No one knew “Hugh” he was.

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Trans actor Zach Barack cast in ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’

By : Amanda Espinosa
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Zach Barack, a 23-year-old transgender actor from Chicago, has landed a role in the upcoming Marvel film, “Spider-Man: Far From Home.”

Though it is not confirmed how large his role will be, Barack’s manager tells NBC News that Barack will have a “significant role.”

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‘Grey’s Anatomy’s Alex Landi weighs in on straight actors playing gay roles

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Alex Landi’s character on “Grey’s Anatomy” is the first gay male surgeon to appear on the medical drama.

Dr. Nico Kim and intern Dr. Levi Schmitt (Jake Borelli) have been enjoying a fling with each other in the middle of saving patients’ lives. Their relationship is the first of its kind on the series. In an interview with Attitude magazine, Landi says that he just wants to do his best when portraying roles regardless of his sexuality or his character’s.

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Kit Harington wants Marvel to have a gay male lead

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Game of Thrones” star Kit Harington wants more gay representation in Marvel films.

Harington was at the Toronto Film Festival in promotion of his upcoming film “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan.” He stars as a closeted TV actor who starts writing letters to an 11-year boy.

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Rainbow flag makes cameo in PS4’s new ‘Marvel’s Spider-Man’ video game

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PlayStation 4’s “Marvel’s Spider-Man” video game was released worldwide Sept. 7 and gaymers’ “spidey sense” started to tingle when they saw a shout out to the LGBTQ community from the webslinger.

The game’s detailed layout of New York City lets our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man swing up and down the streets of The Big Apple, passing many of the city’s most well-known landmarks. The city is also filled with dozens of Easter eggs hidden throughout the game, including a nod to one of the LGBTQ community’s most notable symbols.

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MegaCon brings out Central Florida’s cosplayers

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The fear of Tropical Depression Alberto pouring down rain wasn’t enough to keep the geeks, gamers and cosplayers away from MEGACON last weekend.

MEGACON Orlando is the southeast’s largest comics, sci-fi, horror, anime and gaming event, and attracted over 100,000 fans to the Orange County Convention Center over four days.

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