LGBTQA+

Coverage of anything and everything in the world of geek culture from an LGBTQA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Asexual) perspective.

Local Writers Show A Good Time for the Truth about Race Is Right Now

What makes Minnesota the state it is today? If you asked that question to a room of 50 people, I bet you would get at least 50 different responses. Some might mention the sports, the food, the winter (?) . . . others might mention a little thing called “Minnesota Nice.” Many consider the term as one of endearment—a sign of our good nature toward others and comfort in our neighborhoods. To others, however, it may ultimately lead to...

For Nonbinary Geeks, Representation and Acceptance Can Be Hard to Find

For many people, both inside and outside of the trans community, the word transgender is seen as referring to people who were assigned male at birth (AMAB) and transitioned to a female identity or people who were assigned female at birth (AFAB) and transitioned into a male identity. Sometimes this includes physically transitioning with surgery and hormones, and sometimes it does not. This idea, however, is missing a whole slew of folks under the trans umbrella: many people, whether...

Bingo Love for the Win

Writer Tee Franklin, artist Jenn St-Onge, and colorist Joy San give us Bingo Love, the story of two pivotal bingo games, decades apart, that bring unexpected love and second chances. Young Hazel Johnson’s new classmate, Mari McCray, is a “tall, beautiful . . . honey glazed goddess,” recently moved from California. Mari gives Hazel a glamorous new nickname: Elle. The two girls spend the afternoon together, and when Mari kisses her cheek goodbye, Hazel can’t help but imagine their...

Subversive and Godly? As the Crow Flies Proves You Can Be Both

Web comics are a dime a dozen these days, it seems. Yet occasionally, out of the depths rises an occasional bright star. A few years ago, that star was Noelle Stevenson’s Nimona—a graphic novel that often gets described with words like “quirky” and “subversive.” Total dog whistles, right? Yep! And when I hear them, my ears hear “queer AF and full of people of color and run out and buy this right now.” As the Crow Flies by Melanie...

Who Gets Excluded from the Gender Commentary of Sleeping Beauties and The Power

This fall, the books Sleeping Beauties by Stephen and Owen King and The Power by Naomi Alderman were released. Both make an attempt at viewing what the world is like for women by depicting plagues that affect them while leaving men (mostly) unharmed. This is not a new mechanism in genre literature, with the popular comic Y: The Last Man being a prime example of earlier explorations of a gender-based malady. However, the basis of these two novels, an illumination of inequality...

21 Books with Ace and Aro Characters to Read for Asexual Awareness Week

Happy Asexual (Aromantic, Demi-, Gray-) Awareness Week! If you don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s a good 101. The tl;dr version: Some people don’t experience sexual or romantic attraction. The difference between attraction and libido is that attraction says “This one!” and libido says “Now!” Romantic and sexual attraction are a spectrum, from a- (none) to gray- (sometimes) to allo- (typical) to hyper- (extreme). “Demisexual” or “demiromantic” is a common subtype of gray-ace/aromantic identity that describes someone who...

Publishing Style Guides Catch Up with the Singular “They”

Every five years or so, a new edition of the Chicago Manual of Style hits editors’ desks. This style bible is used by editors at most American book publishers and some magazines and websites (including Twin Cities Geek) to make sure everything they publish is clear, correct, and consistent. The 1,146-page 17th edition dropped this September, and one of the most talked-about updates was the expanded guidelines on using they as a singular pronoun. Before diving in to those...

Wonderful Women, Not Wonder Woman, Make Professor Marston Stand Out

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, directed and written by Angela Robinson and starring Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, and Bella Heathcote, suffers from a PR problem. That PR problem is a vowel. If early social media is any indication, most people are expecting a movie about Wonder Woman. This ain’t that. This is about some wonderful women, plural. I understand the misinterpretation, however—the film does all that it can to visually remind the viewer that William Moulton Marston (Evans)...

Why the Minnesota Lynx Are More Than Just a Winning Team

I was born and raised in Packers country. I grew up a mile away from where the Milwaukee Brewers play their home games. and I graduated from the University of Wisconsin, where cheering for the Badgers is a way of life. So, as you might guess, I was trained to have disdain for any team with the word “Minnesota” in front of its name. That changed when I discovered the Minnesota Lynx. It happened in 2011, when the Lynx...

I Read the Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2016 So You Don’t Have To

Happy Banned Books Week! The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom reported 323 challenges last year, and the top 10 are clearly very bad books, indeed. Otherwise why would they have gotten so many challenges? Below I will go through these books and confirm exactly why they are so terrible and why you never, ever should read them. The reasons the books were challenged are taken directly from the ALA’s website. 1. This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki,...
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