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There’s No Such Thing as a ‘Gay Gene,’ Large Genome Study Finds

A new study seems to firmly bury the idea of a so-called “gay gene.” Scientists looked at the genes of nearly a half million people and couldn’t find any genetic variations that could reliably predict someone’s same-sex behaviour. Rather, they argue, our sexual preferences are influenced by a complex mix of our genes, environment, and life experiences. Read More >>

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IMDb Will Let Transgender People Remove Birth Names, With Caveats

Following criticism, IMDb has decided to allow transgender film professionals to remove their birth names in credits – in some circumstances. As it now stands, the website will allow users to remove a person’s birth name if that person no longer voluntarily goes by it, and it’s not widely known to the public. Read More >>

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An Oral History of the Early Trans Internet

Trans people have existed since the dawn of time. The internet has not. Read More >>

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SnapChat’s New Landmark Lens Primes Buckingham Palace for This Weekend’s Pride Celebrations

Pride month may be wrapping up but that's no reason to stop the party, as SnapChat demonstrates with its London Pride-themed Landmark Lenses. Read More >>

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Google CEO Tries to Smooth Things Over After YouTube’s Anti-LGBTQ Shitshow

The complete and utter shitshow that is YouTube’s bungled response to addressing anti-LGBTQ harassment on its platform today brings us a response from Google CEO Sundar Pichai following a meeting with LGBTQ groups at the company. Read More >>

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‘We Want YouTube to Remove Crowder’: Googlers Gear Up to Protest at Pride Events

YouTube dug a great big hole for itself earlier this week when its PR bungled its response to the ongoing harassment of a journalist by a far-right pundit. Internally, the backlash from employees at its parent company is growing as LGBTQ and allied workers mobilise to demand a satisfactory response. Read More >>

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How Queer Is Star Trek?

Star Trek is not just one of the longest-running sci-fi franchises ever, it is also the most hopeful. The Federation represents the pinnacle of humanity: the idea that we can and will make a better life for each other. Yet, despite Trek’s message of a better future for all, LGBTQ+ characters are few and far between, and this exclusion has led to more than a few clashes between Star Trek creators and fans in the past. As Star Trek: Discovery heads into its next chapter, let’s look back at the franchise’s history of LGBTQ+ representation. Does Discovery fulfill the promise of a more harmonious, progressive future? Or does it, too, fall prey to the pitfalls that have plagued Star Trek’s past? Read More >>

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Six Things We Loved About Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 2 (and One We Really, Really Didn’t)

Hail... Satan? Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has returned with its second season. How does it hold up against its much-hyped debut? Hop on your broomstick, because we’re about to take a bumpy ride. Read More >>

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Following Intense Criticism, Google Finally Removes ‘Gay Conversion Therapy’ App 

Google has removed a so-called 'gay conversion' app developed by Living Hope Ministries, a Texas-based Christian organisation that tries to convince gay people that they can live as straight people with enough prayer and religious therapy. For months, the company dug in its heels refusing to remove the app which has already been dropped by Apple, Amazon and Microsoft. Read More >>

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Star Trek: Discovery’s Stars Reveal More About Last Night’s Big Surprise

Star Trek: Discovery’s stars finally got a chance to talk more in depth about a big plot kept secret for a while. Read More >>

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How Fantastic Beasts Failed at Representation, and What J.K. Rowling Can Do About It

I come not to bury J.K. Rowling, but to praise her. Harry Potter was an honest to god phenomenon, impacting my generation in roughly the same way Star Wars did for the one before us. The world she created fascinated us and the fandom was deeply invested in the story. But in her rush to expand the Wizarding World beyond Wizarding Britain, Rowling has run into the limits of her experience and knowledge. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Read More >>

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The Stars of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Discuss the Show’s Feminist Ideals

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is going to be spooky, sure, but it might be pretty progressive, too. Read More >>

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Fantastic Beasts 2 Will Make it ‘Clear’ That Dumbledore is Gay, According to the Director

Months ago, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald director David Yates courted controversy among some Harry Potter fans by saying that the movie – despite featuring a young Dumbledore grappling with confronting his now-villainous love interest – would not address author J.K. Rowling’s post-book reveal that Dumbledore is gay. Now he’s walking that back, ever so slightly. Read More >>

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Ruby Rose Reveals She Grew Up as an Actual Batwoman

American TV network CW has enlisted Ruby Rose (The Meg) to be their live-action Kate Kane in the upcoming Arrow/Flash/Supergirl crossover special and next year’s potential Batwoman series from Caroline Dries. The moment her casting was announced, it immediately clicked. But now, the actress is sharing just how much like Batwoman she is. You see: Ruby Rose grew up with real bats. Read More >>