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Here's the latest in bisexual and transgender news!


‘Riverdale’ Reveals Bisexual Character for Season 2

(SFGN) “Riverdale” the CW series based on the Archie Comics, has added its first bisexual character to the cast for season two. According to ET Online, Vanessa Morgan of “The Shannara Chronicles” will play Toni Topaz. In the comics, the pink haired Toni, like her good friend Jughead is known for having a healthy appetite. The two do battle in eating competitions. 

Showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa said the series will explore Toni’s sexuality, which the comics have hinted is bisexual. 

In season two, which will run 22 episodes, Jughead (Cole Sprouse) transfers to Southside High, and joins the Southside Serpents, of which Toni is also a member. Aguirre-Sacasa says told ET this new relationship will test Jughead’s relationship with Betty.

“Bughead is pretty strong, and pretty undeniable, and pretty epic, but you know even the most epic of romances has trouble — and trouble often comes as a third party. So yes, it is conceivable that Toni will potentially test the limits of Bughead.”

Riverdale season two premieres Wednesday, October 11, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.


19 Attorneys General in Coalition Seek Military Transgender Protection

(SFGN) In a letter to the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, 19 attorneys general opposed the President’s Twitter comments on transgender people serving in the Armed Forces.

The letter, addressed July 27, was led by Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin, and read in part:

The new ban harms our States’ transgender residents and marginalizes an entire group of people based solely on gender identity. In addition to its constitutional infirmities, it is inconsistent with the laws and policies of many States, and with fundamental notions of fairness and equality. Transgender individuals have honorably served in the armed forces for decades. It is estimated that nearly 150,000 transgender individuals have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. These numbers include those on active duty or in the Guard or Reserve forces, and veterans and retired members of the Guard and Reserves. The open service rule put into effect for transgender service members has been comprehensively and smoothly implemented, and is consistent with the fundamental respect owed to all service members.

The letter was signed by attorneys general from California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Washington D.C.

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