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The Camp Wonders of the ‘Phantom Menace’, Children’s Cartoons, and Other LGBTQ News

The Camp Wonders of the ‘Phantom Menace’, Children’s Cartoons, and Other LGBTQ News

Author: Parrish Turner

December 17, 2015

In other LGBT news…

Broadly breaks down how Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace influenced the generation of LGBT youth which grew up in its wake; its campy gay wake

Queer Clergy Trading Cards? In the Hartford Courant, Rev. Chris Davies explains the importance of his trading card series:

What I wanted to do was make queer clergy feel like superheroes. This is not an easy place to be and embodying it all the time is a borderlands, in ways. So honoring all of the queer clergy who have come before me on this path and inspiring all those who are to follow, this is an entry point into what is taking off in a very serious way.

Writers and Poets have released their Eleventh Annual Look at Debut Poets. The list includes poets such as Robin Coste Lewis and Rickey Laurentiis.

Renowned academic and writer Judith Butler speaks to the extreme violence against transgender women, highlighted in 2015.

Trans women have relinquished masculinity, showing that it can be, and that is, very threatening to a man who wants to see his power as an intrinsic feature of who he is.

Vulture’s 10 Best Graphic Novels includes Nimona by Noelle Stevenson and Virgil by Steve Orlando.

And in another list of 10 (because it is that time of year), we get a list of 10 YA Fiction Authors That Ruled 2015, including Noelle Stevenson (again) and Adam Silvera.


( Image: J. D. Faith)

Graphic novelist Steve Orlando, author of the aforementioned Virgil, was interviewed about queer representation in comics.

I’ve talked a lot about the type of roles that any underrepresented group is allowed to have and how that has to change. Representation isn’t just about seeing people in books, but about where you see them in books.

Damien Alexander wrote about just how queer children’s cartoons are becoming and just how amazing that truly is.


(Image: Damian Alexander/DamiAnimated)

(Main image via Broadly/Illustration by Kayla Wasil)
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About: Parrish Turner

Parrish Turner is a queer writer who hails from Georgia. He holds his MFA from The New School, with a focus in creative nonfiction. His work has been featured on The Rumpus and Gertrude Press. You can learn more at

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