This week read about Lady Gaga winning her 12th Grammy award, Marvel releasing a Pride comic book in June, and Disney hiring their first-ever trans actor in a film role.
Lady Gaga Wins Grammy Award
Bisexual pop icon Lady Gaga was nominated for two Grammy awards and won one this year.
She and Ariana Grande won the Grammy for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for their performance of “Rain On Me.” This marks Gaga’s 12th Grammy award over the course of her career.
Fans quickly flocked to social media to congratulate the two singers.
“Lady Gaga and Ariana won the grammy's because they deserved it so stay pressed ya'all!” one Twitter user wrote.
Some Grammy-watchers believe that Gaga didn’t deserve the award over other artists, but diehard fans defended her fiercely.
“i love lady gaga and ari ive been listening to the[m] for forever and they also worked hard for that grammy so clap it up congrats,” a fan tweeted.
Marvel to Celebrate Pride Month in a Unique Way
Image courtesy of Marvel.
Marvel has planned something big and unique for Pride Month this year.
The company plans on releasing a pride book called “Marvel’s Voices: Pride” on June 23.
The book will include LGBT characters from across the Marvel universe, including X-Men characters Iceman, Northstar and Mystique, The Runaways’ Nico Minoru and Karolina Dean, and Young Avengers’ Wiccan and Hulkling, according to NBC News.
The comic franchise also plans on starting a new limited series in June that would introduce the first-ever LGBT Captain America.
The comic will be centered on Aaron Fischer, an openly gay man who calls himself “Captain America of the Railways” and prides himself on protecting the homeless and runaways.
“Aaron is inspired by heroes of the queer community: activists, leaders, and everyday folks pushing for a better life. He stands for the oppressed, and the forgotten. I hope his debut story resonates with readers, and helps inspire the next generation of heroes,” writer Aaron Trujillo said in a Marvel press release.
Disney Casts Their First Trans Actor in a Film Role
Patti Harrison. Photo via @party_harderson, Instagram.
Disney’s latest animated film, “Raya and the Last Dragon” includes a mostly Asian-American cast, including Kelly Marie Tran, Awkwafina, and Daniel Dae Kim, but they made history within the company when they cast Patti Harrison, a trans actress.
Harrison voices a minor character, Tail Chief. “The movie is set in a fictional universe called Kumandra, and opens with five tribes: Heart, Talon, Spine, Fang, and Tail. Harrison is the chiefess of the Tail tribe,” LGBTQ Nation writes.
Fans and critics noted that trans actors typically play trans characters, but this is not the case for Harrison.
“While she’s only there for one scene and has just a couple lines, it’s still an important milestone for trans actors getting more roles,” according to Out.
Though Harrison only plays a minor role in the film, it shows progress toward more inclusive casting within Walt Disney Studios.
Each week ‘Beyond the G’ looks at news featuring the many letters of our LGBTQIA+ spectrum.