This week read about Alexis Economou discussing her bisexuality, DC releasing their first transgender character, and Dabur featuring a lesbian couple in their advert.
‘Married at First Sight’ Alum Speaks Out on Sexuality
Alexis Economou appeared in episode four of this year’s season of “Married at First Sight.” After failing to find love, Economou spoke out about her sexuality and how the show cut out a scene where she spoke openly about dating women.
Alexis revealed that she is open to dating women in an interview with FUBAR Radio’s Access All Areas, “I also have dated females, so for me, it’s a vibe … I have been in a serious relationship with a woman in the past.”
She also noted that she spoke about this on the show but those scenes never aired. This is not the first time a reality star has had their conversations about their sexuality cut from airing. “Love Island” star Sharon Gaffka shared in August that she had several conversations about her sexuality but they were never shown.
"A lot of the conversations I had about modern dating on the show were never aired, but I was very open about sexuality and being a mixed-race woman in modern dating,” said Gaffka.
As of right now, Economou is still single and on the hunt for love.
DC Comics Introduces First Trans Character
Bia in "Nubia and The Amazons." Credit: DC.
Last week, DC comics introduced Bia, a Black trans woman, in the first issue of the DC Comics series “Nubia and The Amazons.”
The comic takes place in Themyscira, the island home of Wonder Woman and her Amazon sisters. Bia is one of five women who are welcomed to the island through the Well of Souls, “a portal through which women who have died as a result of the terror of ‘Man’s World’ are reborn, given new life among the immortal women,” Screen Rant reports.
On Twitter, Stephanie Williams and Vita Ayala, the writers of the series, confirmed that Bia is trans. They also said she “isn’t a box to tick ... [she] is important to her community. Just as Black trans women are important to us in real life.”
Lynda Carter, who played Wonder Woman in the 1970s TV series, tweeted, “Trans women are Wonder Women. End of Story” after the new series was released.
The addition of Bia to the DC universe follows another inclusivity milestone as earlier this month it was revealed that Jon Kent, son of Clark Kent and the new Superman, is bisexual.
Dabur’s Karwa Chauth Ad Features Lesbian Couple
Photo via Dabur, Twitter.
Dabur’s advertisement for this year’s Karwa Chauth, a Hindu festival that is observed by married women for the “safety, prosperity, happiness, and the long-lasting lives' of their husbands” featured a lesbian couple, for the first time ever.
In the commercial, a lesbian couple is preparing for their first Karwa Chauth and at first they appear to just be friends, but in the scene it is revealed that they are a couple.
One Twitter user said, “Well done, Fem/Dabur! A nice film for a traditional, often-criticized festival by an otherwise conservative brand.”
Another said, “This is such a great ad and a move towards acceptance. Can’t understand why regressive thinkers are getting all spiced up about it. Hats off to the courage of the ad maker and this concept.”
While Dabur is getting pushback for this ad, overall the response has been positive and people are happy to see this push toward inclusivity.
Each week ‘Beyond the G’ looks at news featuring the many letters of our LGBTQIA+ spectrum.