My Heroes

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A heartwarming short Halloween film challenging gender identity and stereotypes has gone viral.

The film, titled My Heroes, features a family preparing for Halloween. The children can be seen carving pumpkins with their father before the mother reveals the two costumes the children had requested; Batman and Wonder Woman.

The parents accompany their kids as they go trick or treating, watching from afar as they knock on doors while their father looks worried. When the night is over, the parents put the children to bed and we finally see… well, you’ll see ;)

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That’s so gay

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A group of New Zealand teenagers have put together an amazing spot highlighting the phrase “That’s so gay” as the insult it is. But instead of your usual cast of LGBT people “straight” out of central casting, the kids from Rainbow Youth opted to go a different route. They used farmers instead.

Big Mouth

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Netflix’ Big Mouth takes a sharp, surprisingly joyful look at the gross time that is puberty. Also, the comedy casts puberty as a literal hormone monster.

The most common way people describe going through puberty is “awkward.” But as Netflix’s new animated comedy Big Mouth would like to remind you, going through puberty is also downright disgusting.

The series spares no gross detail as it delves into the fraught world of adolescence and all the rages, bodily fluids, and knee-jerk masturbatory instincts it brings. Adding yet another layer of weirdness is that Big Mouthpersonifies puberty by way of opposing “hormone monsters,” with the lecherous Maury (series co-creator Nick Kroll) following meek Andrew (John Mulaney) as he frets his way through his new urges, while curvaceous Connie (Maya Rudolph) tags alongside Jessi (Jessi Klein) to prod her into indulging in vicious mood swings.

The show’s 10 episodes are overall very silly, and often ridiculous just for the sake of it. Maury in particular is a walking, talking id who takes gleeful advantage of Netflix’s lack of censors; there’s no other show I can think of that would cast the role one of its young protagonists’ closest confidants as the horny ghost of Duke Ellington living in his attic. At one point, there’s a bizarre sidebar about Jay, the resident hothead of Andrew and Jessi’s school who’s voiced appropriately by comedy’s resident hothead Jason Mantzoukas, accidentally impregnating a pillow.

But what makes Big Mouth more than the sum of its many, many dick jokes is the fact that beneath its raging hormones and truly gross humor lies an enormously sympathetic heart.

Andrew, for example, is growing almost despite himself, sporting a patchy mustache while furtively masturbating to fantasies of his father’s assistant. But his best friend Nick (also voiced by Kroll) is still firmly stuck in preadolescence, barely as tall as Andrew’s shoulders, lacking the sex drive that’s slowly but surely taking over Andrew’s brain, and confused as to why his own body is taking so long to catch up.

When Andrew’s not caught up in his lustful reveries (not to mention Maury’s encouragement to indulge every last deranged one of them), his friendship with Nick is genuinely touching, and a real portrayal of how hard it can for teens to navigate relationships when they’re growing up at different rates.

If Big Mouth were just a series of jokes about how weird and gross puberty is, it wouldn’t be much more than a decent way to kill some time during a slow weekend. But the show achieves a new, deeper level of comedy by remaining hyper aware of the fact that puberty isn’t just about bodies changing, but about what it means to grow up at all.

Drag Queen Kid

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8-year-old Lactatia is Montreal’s latest drag queen. Lactatia (real name Nemis Quinn Mélançon Golden) got into drag at age 7 with encouragement from both parents and peers, gaining recognition after being invited onstage by Bianca Del Rio at a Montreal drag event, where — in full drag — Lactatia served up snark and sass like a queen. For Nemis, an elementary-school student who also loves to skateboard, it’s all about celebrating identity. While he doesn’t feel that he’s gay or transgender, Nemis knows for sure that his fabulous alter ego’s been with him since birth.

Young, Gay & Illegal

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Its been 50 years since homosexuality was decriminalised in the UK, and times have changed. Openly gay 13 year old Louis sat down with openly gay 78 year old Percy to have a chat about the differences 50 years have made on gay culture and acceptance.

Did Kristian just come out?

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I remember reading an article a few years ago on the Destroyer Blog that argued, that we should stop caring about the sexual preferences of teen idols. I can’t quite remember anymore what the reasoning was (and I can’t find the post either, get a search function, Karl! :p) but it made a pretty good point.

I do believe though that there’s also an argument to be made about how out teen stars can have a positive impact on the lives of other queer teens just by being an example, someone they can identify with.

In either case, it’s fair to say that this should always happen on the terms of the star, they should have the choice in the matter and be able to decide if they want their sexuality to be a topic of public debate or not.

That being said… I think Kristian Kostov of very recent Eurovision fame came out in a more or less subtle way in a video (that he actually made before the Eurovision finals) with Australian contestant Isaiah Firebrace:

Ex-Gay: Not even the Facts are Straight

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If you ever have a debate with Scott Blair–who was invited to attend Harvard Law–make sure you have your facts straight. It’s a lesson an ex-gay counselor learned soon into their first–and last–meeting.

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Hold Tight!

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It’s a feeling most queer people face at some point. Even if you’re out and completely comfortable with your sexuality, holding hands with a partner in public can still feel awkward and tense. Sometimes, it’s easier to just let go. That’s what the campaign #HoldTight is about…

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The ad seems especially important for queer people in Australia now. The country has yet to legalize same-sex marriage and political candidates have some pretty concerning ideas about what being LGBTQ means. Read on…

Unboxing People

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All That we Share is a heartwarming reminder that our perceived labels do not define us. If we look below the surface, we can find common ground with those we perceive as most different to ourselves.