This week read about Cameron Bess becoming the first pansexual person to go to space, a lesbian superhero making her debut, and "West Side Story" banned in the Mideast for featuring a trans character.
Cameron Bess Becomes First Pansexual Person to Go to Space
Cameron Bess, the child of venture capitalist and tech executive Lane Bess, became the first pansexual person to go into space with the space flight company Blue Origin.
Bess, who is also a furry and known for wearing their signature suits on the video streaming app Twitch, pledged to bring a pansexual Pride flag and a paw from their full-body cat outfit to space. They told the Canadian LGBTQ publication Xtra that they grew up launching model rockets.
“When he was offered the opportunity to fulfill that dream with Blue Origin, he decided he wanted to bring me along. So in simple terms: I have a really great dad.”
Blue Origin is a company started by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos that offers tourists a chance to go into space. Blue Origin did its first crewed launch into space in July 2021. Jeff Bezos and his brother, Mark Bezos, were on it.
“I know many people have told me it means a lot to see a pansexuality Pride flag in space,” said Bess. “I’m just happy to provide visibility.”
Lesbian Superhero Makes Debut in Madness Trailer
America Chavez as she appears in comics. Credit: Marvel.
This past weekend, Marvel Cinematic Universe fans got a glimpse of new lesbian superhero America Chavez at the end of the “Spider-Man No Way Home” film.
Adorning her signature denim jacket, Chavez can create portals that allow her to travel freely across the multiverse. Chavez will be played by “The Baby-sitter’s Club” actress Xochitl Gomez. This character, who will be portrayed as a teenager, is also breaking ground for young fans who will be able to see a young queer girl navigating her sexuality while also saving the world.
Fans are excited for the minority and queer representation that this new character will bring.
Parts of Mideast Ban ‘West Side Story’ for Featuring Trans Character
"West Side Story." Submitted photo.
Disney and 20th Century’s “West Side Story” directed by Steven Spielberg has been banned in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and Kuwait.
This came as a shock to some fans because generally movies that are banned in these countries are mired with sexual scenes and swearing, but this being a Disney movie those aspects are not apparent. However, the issue these countries have with the movie is with the character Anybodys.
Anybodys is a transgender character who is portrayed by non-binary actor Iris Menas. LGBT people are still largely persecuted in areas throughout the Middle East with same-sex intercourse being punishable by death in some places, including Saudi Arabia. “West Side Story” will be released worldwide in theaters on Friday.
Each week ‘Beyond the G’ looks at news featuring the many letters of our LGBTQIA+ spectrum.