Meme: Geeks Out Responds To Orson Scott Card, Could Making Spider-Man Gay Give Him Back His Edge?

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Final act of gay men marrying straight guys’ girlfriends, Chris Colfer talks Course of the Force, and is there a gay moment for Nolan Funk in The Canyons?

Andrew GarfieldWe mentioned yesterday that Andrew Garfield had mused that MJ could easily be a guy, and have Peter Parker exploring his sexuality. MTV’s Splashpage thinks that’s a great idea – not just for gay visibility, but for the character. “The most important facets of Spider-Man’s character, I’d say, are his sense of responsibility to do the right thing and his put upon/down on his luck nature. This hero can’t catch a break! When Spider-Man was created in the 1960s, just having him be a teenager was a novel enough idea that it actually made Peter Parker representative of a minority. He was the voice of youth, a leading character that readers could relate to because of his age. Fast-forward to the year 2013 and it seems like 70% of all media is focused around teenage and young adult protagonists. Peter Parker’s minority status as a teenager has been taken away from him. So what is he? He’s a white, cisgender, straight male. Because of all of these things, Peter Parker has it pretty good… Yes, the perpetually down on his luck Peter Parker does have it pretty good, especially compared to the social injustices facing other groups of people in America. Making Spider-Man black or gay would not only give him back that underdog edge he had when he was a teenage hero in a decade where teenagers were voiceless, it would give members of that social group a hero to aspire to be like.”

I know I used a huge quote, but you should read the whole thing.

The equal marriage bill has passed the report stage in the UK House of Lords, and will go for the third reading next week. After many, many attempts to derail the bill with ridiculous amendments, it looks like it will make it through unscathed.

LeviticusThe Employment Non Discrimination Act passed the Senate committee vote 15-7, with three Republicans joining Democrats in voting for it. The White House praised the vote, which was the first time the bill has received a vote that included transgender protections.

Here are some things the Bible forbids, just like homosexuality, yet you never seem to hear about them.

A new study says that homophobia stems from a “fear of unwanted sexual advances.” But seriously straight guys who are in the news all the time bashing gays – you’re not hot. I think you’re safe.

Jason CollinsFollowing the lead of the Navy, Marines have been granted permission to march in San Diego Pride in uniform, which is something the Boy Scouts still can’t do.

Jason Collins may have won the hearts of most of the country, but he’s still without a team, and there’s a lot of pressure to see if he can get signed after coming out. Is he a PR asset, or a distraction? Or is he just a little older and past that narrow window professional athletes have to make their mark?

Geeks Out, which is organizing the boycott of Orson Scott Card and Ender’s Game Orson Scott Cardhas responded to the author’s request for tolerance, and they get it just right. But my favorite part is “Orson Scott Card, we can tolerate your anti-gay activism, your right-wing extremism, your campaign of fear-mongering and insults, but we’re not going to pay you for it. You’ve got the right to express your opinions and beliefs any way you choose—but you don’t have a right to our money.”

Meanwhile, the right wing says that Card is being placed on Hollywood’s Black List. Oh, the irony!

If Marvel wanted to make a western would The Rawhide Kid be the perfect choice?

The National Organization for Marriage just did a money beg so they can raise “millions of dollars” to lobby for the Constitutional Amendment banning marriage equality. Is there any cause more useless that trying to pass that? Why not just light your money on fire?Jonathan Groff

When Jonathan Groff went to summer camp.

Meanwhile, Matthew Morrison finally said what about half of us were thinking, which is that Kurt and Blaine shouldn’t get married on Glee. “I don’t think anybody should get married that young. It’s not a gay or a straight thing, it’s just being young, too young. I don’t think anyone should get married until they’re in their 30s. Probably the most growth you’ll ever have in your life [is in] high school and your 20s, because you’re kind of living Kurt and Blaineon your own for the first time. There is so much exploration to do and self-exploration and I don’t think anyone should be getting married that young.”

Politifact says that Tony Perkins is a liar. Did anyone actually doubt that?

As 40,000 Boy Scouts descend on my hometown for their Jamboree, a conservative splinter group is working to set up their own “sexually pure” scouting organization. They don’t want to say “no gays allowed” but they are say nobody who does any “any flaunting, innuendo, gestures or speech.”

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