This week read about Jojo Siwa joining the LGBT community, Javicia Leslie playing as Batwoman, and President Joe Biden undoing the trans military ban.
JoJo Siwa Comes Out
After essentially making rainbows her brand, it should have been no surprise to see pop sensation JoJo Siwa come out recently.
The star tweeted a photo of herself wearing a shirt that said “BEST. GAY. COUSIN. EVER.” on Jan 22.
“A WIN FOR THE COMMUNITY! proud of you,” popular makeup artist, Manny MUA said in a reply to the tweet. Gay icon and talk show host, Ellen DeGeneres left a heart under the tweet, showing her support for Siwa.
Some parents have expressed their disapproval of Siwa’s coming out, like Stephanie Baldwin.
“My daughter has always been a #1 fan but this is not appropriate for her at all. As for us, we will be taking all the clothes, bows and bedroom decor down,” Baldwin said.
However, these remarks haven’t stopped Siwa from being her best authentic self. She went live on Instagram recently and couldn’t stop smiling.
Though she hasn’t put an official label on her sexuality, she is excited to be part of the LGBT community.
Black Bi Actress Will Play Batwoman
Javicia Leslie. Photo via Facebook.
Javicia Leslie will be the first Black and bisexual actress to play Batwoman.
She will play Ryan Wilder, a new character in the DC universe. Wilder finds the Batsuit, tries it on, and finds herself feeling empowered and ready to fight the corrupt system.
Leslie said that playing Ryan Wilder is a dream role since she is such a huge fan of DC Comics.
"I really thought, when my manager’s number showed up on my phone, ‘Ugh, I guess I didn’t get it.’ When I answered the phone, she said, ‘May I speak to Ryan Wilder?’ And I just lost it. I couldn’t believe it; I started crying. I called my mom, and we cried together,” Leslie said in an interview with NBC News.
Leslie also commented on how important it was to truly portray Batwoman as Black. “To create an Afro was very important, because it was like, ‘OK, if we’re going to do this, let’s do this. If we’re gonna have a Black Batwoman, let’s have a sistah,’” she said.
There have been some critics of the show’s decision to cast a queer Black woman, but Leslie simply shrugs them off.
“This isn’t for me; this is for all of the people that feel underrepresented,” the newest Batwoman said.
Biden Scraps Former Trump Ban on Trans People Serving in the Military
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Transgender people can now serve in the U.S. military again after President Biden reversed the controversial ban on transgender involvement.
“It’s simple: America is safer when everyone qualified to serve can do so openly and with pride,” Biden said in a tweet.
Though many people were upset over this reversal, Biden has also been met with an abundance of support.
“Thank you, Mr. President. You said you would have our backs, and you do. Grateful for your leadership,” Charlotte Clymer, a lesbian Army veteran said underneath Biden’s tweet.
Another proud supporter, Aryl Arthur Shanti said, “That horrible ban was bigoted and cruel. On behalf of trans people everywhere, I thank you for respecting us and what we can do for our country, whether in the military or in any occupation.”
Thanks to President Biden, transgender people can serve in any branch of the U.S. military that they choose and protect their country without limitations.
Each week ‘Beyond the G’ looks at news featuring the many letters of our LGBTQIA+ spectrum.