lgbt rights for teens and younger people

LGBT Rights; Tenn. Refuses Gay Name Changes; A Woman Superhero Film

LGBT Rights

This is for teens and younger LGBT people, from Lambda Legal.

If you’re young and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning (LBGTQ), this section is designed to help you know your rights and make sure they’re respected.

There’s also something for transgender people, too.

Trust me on this, you may not think you need to know these things. But you never know and it’s always better to be prepared.

Tenn. Refuses Gay Name Changes

Here’s yet another issue started by those who would rather not see same-sex marriage legal anywhere. The state of Tennessee is now refusing to issue name changes on driver’s licenses and other documents even if the same sex couple was married legally in another state that recognizes same sex marriage.

The result is, as more Tennessee couples go to one of the 13 states and Washington, D.C., where same-sex marriages are recognized, they are having trouble getting it recognized back home. Complicating matters is the federal government now recognizes same-sex couples and allows Social Security cards to be issued in married names.

The Tennessean reports that attorneys are recruiting potential couples for a lawsuit challenging the state’s ban.

You can read more here. It’s interesting because it gets into some of the legal arguments.

A Woman Superhero Film

I was just discussing this with another author on FB the other day. It seems Marvel Comics wants to bring a superhero film starring a woman to the screen, but they aren’t rushing to do this just yet.

When you think about it, most superheros fit the demographic portion of that description. Of course, on some level, this reflects the fact that macro culture is defined by the straight, white, male. Yet, the trend is especially problematic when it comes to superheroes, because of the way in which superheroes are defined. For an archetype driven by the concept of strength in otherness, superhero legends have quite the problem with others.

Pragmatically speaking, the straight, white, male superhero thing is working. In the past year alone, Iron Man, Superman, and Wolverine “have proven to be,” as the BBC put it, “just as adept at pulling in audiences as they are at saving the world.” And, while we’re on the subject of numbers, one could just as easily look to the failures that were “Elektra,” which cost $43 million and grossed just under $25 million, or the larger-scale flop “Catwoman,” which had a $100 million budget and made only $40 million. Although, that’s not enough evidence to claim women aren’t a big enough draw for the genre, because both also happened to be pretty bad films (scoring, respectively, 10 percent and 9 percent on Rotten Tomatoes).

You can read the rest here. I’ve posted many times before the world is run by straight while males. This is another good example of the extent to which that concept goes.

I suspect we’ll see a woman starring in a superhero film much sooner than we will see an openly gay male starring in one.