Lez Dish It Out: The AfterEllen Les/Bi News Round-Up


Marvel ditched another LGBTQ character

As we previously mentioned, Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok featured a bisexual character but didn’t acknowledge her bisexuality in the film. She wasn’t straight-washed, she just wasn’t portrayed as being attracted to anything but her booze and right hook. This year’s buzzworthy black-led powerhouse superhero film Black Panther does a number of incredible things, but recognizing one of its character’s sexuality isn’t one of them.

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Wakanda’s royal bodyguards, Ayo and Aneka, have a romantic relationship in the Marvel Black Panther comics, but this love was nowhere to be found in the film. Early screenings of the movie reportedly featured a scene of Ayo dancing flirtatiously with a guard name Okoye, who would be the equivalent of Aneka, but the scene was cut from the final version of the film. In fact, Okoye is portrayed in the film as being in a heterosexual relationship with the male character W’Kabi, T’Challa’s right-hand man.

Joe Robert Cole co-wrote Black Panther discussed these creative decisions recently with ScreenCrush, and he claims to not even remember the aforementioned scene between Ayo and Okoye. He claims, “We didn’t like, pull out a full thread of some theme.”

Add that to the fact the Roxane Gay, who wrote the comic series World of Wakanda, wasn’t invited to the premiere, and you get some suspicious erasure.

The “Charmed” reboot will have a lesbian lead!

Original Charmed One Holly Marie Combs might not be the biggest fan of the new CW reboot of the beloved bewitching series, but we at AfterEllen officially are.

Back at the beginning of the month, we heard the show was on the hunt for someone to cast as the girlfriend of Mel, one of the Charmed sisters. Cue squeals of delight from nostalgic lesbian and bisexual millennials who grew up wishing they could see themselves in one of these powerhouse, witchy women.

Now the show has officially cast Mel herself! The time-freezing witch will be played by actress Melonie Diaz, who is known for her role alongside Michael B. Jordan in “Fruitvale Station”.

Diaz excitedly shared The CW’s official announcement on her Instagram.

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So excited to share this news!

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