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This director wants you to know the superhero in his movie is pansexual. Here's why it matters.

The upcoming Marvel comic movie will feature Deadpool as a pansexual superhero.

This director wants you to know the superhero in his movie is pansexual. Here's why it matters.

Ryan Reynolds' next big movie role as Deadpool will have everything you expect from an action-packed Marvel superhero movie ... and maybe a little bit more.

Sure, it's got fighting, explosions, villains...


GIF via 20th Century Fox/YouTube.

...and some laughs (yanno, to keep things light).

Screenshot via 20th Century Fox/YouTube.

But Reynolds' character will also stay true to the comic book original. This dark-humored hero is pansexual and will remain so on the big screen.

Director Tim Miller isn't being shy about that at all. In an interview with Collider, he exclaimed: "Pansexual! I want that quoted. Pansexual Deadpool."

GIF via "Anchorman."

And if you just said, "pan ... who?" here's the deal:

Pansexuality has nothing to do with sexual attraction to your kitchen cookery. (Though who hasn't felt things when they look at some Creuset? Just me? Okaynevermind.)

Pansexual is a term used to describe people whose attractions are not limited by the gender identity or sex of other people.

As Deadpool comic co-creator Fabian Nicieza says: "Deadpool is whatever sexual inclination his brain tells him he is in that moment."

Rapper Angel Haze also gave a great explainer during a Fusion TV interview:

"I define it as someone who sees people for who they are and not gender. I don't base all of my relationships off of sex. ... I care about connecting with people on a deeper level and actually having something to talk about and something to work for — something we're both interested in."


Rapper Angel Haze, right, with ex-girlfriend, model Ireland Baldwin. Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images.

Having an openly pansexual superhero is a big freakin' deal: It provides some serious visibility for people who are attracted to more than one gender.

Most people in the LGBTQ community are attracted to more than one gender — almost half — but that fact is often overlooked. There's a lot of societal pressure for folks to check a box, as though the only options were "gay" or "straight."

Having characters like Deadpool out there can help folks realize that they're not alone.

Here's hoping this will be the first of many more pansexual superheroes.

I think these folks are up to the task. OK, I lied; I have no idea. But let's pretend. Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images.

Word has it that this movie will be a bit more ... racy than most. Apparently, Deadpool is really into sex. So, yeah, it's important to note that being pansexual doesn't somehow make someone hypersexual. I hope that as we start seeing more pansexual characters make it to mainstream, we'll also see more of a range in sexual desires, since they vary from person to person ... just like with straight people! (Shocker, I know.)

Need something to watch while we wait for more sexually-fluid movie characters to make it to the big screen? Check out the trailer for our trailblazing superhero:

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When a pet is admitted to a shelter it can be a traumatizing experience. Many are afraid of their new surroundings and are far from comfortable showing off their unique personalities. The problem is that's when many of them have their photos taken to appear in online searches.

Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

"If it's a photo of a scared animal, most people, subconsciously or even consciously, are going to skip over it," pet photographer Adam Goldberg says. "They can't visualize that dog in their home."

Adam realized the importance of quality shelter photos while working as a social media specialist for the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"The photos were taken top-down so you couldn't see the size of the pet, and the flash would create these red eyes," he recalls. "Sometimes [volunteers] would shoot the photos through the chain-link fences."

That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."

This article originally appeared on 12.02.19


Just imagine being an 11-year-old boy who's been shuffled through the foster care system. No forever home. No forever family. No idea where you'll be living or who will take care of you in the near future.

Then, a loving couple takes you under their care and chooses to love you forever.

What could one be more thankful for?

That's why when a fifth grader at Deerfield Elementary School in Cedar Hills, Utah was asked by his substitute teacher what he's thankful for this Thanksgiving, he said finally being adopted by his two dads.

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To the child's shock, the teacher replied, "that's nothing to be thankful for," and then went on a rant in front of 30 students saying that "two men living together is a sin" and "homosexuality is wrong."

While the boy sat there embarrassed, three girls in the class stood up for him by walking out of the room to tell the principal. Shortly after, the substitute was then escorted out of the building.

While on her way out she scolded the boy, saying it was his fault she was removed.

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One of the boy's parents-to-be is Louis van Amstel, is a former dancer on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars." "It's absolutely ridiculous and horrible what she did," he told The Salt Lake Tribune. "We were livid. It's 2019 and this is a public school."

The boy told his parents-to-be he didn't speak up in the classroom because their final adoption hearing is December 19 and he didn't want to do anything that would interfere.

He had already been through two failed adoptions and didn't want it to happen again.

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A spokesperson for the Alpine School District didn't go into detail about the situation but praised the students who spoke out.

"Fellow students saw a need, and they were able to offer support," David Stephenson said. "It's awesome what happened as far as those girls coming forward."

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He also said that "appropriate action has been taken" with the substitute teacher.

"We are concerned about any reports of inappropriate behavior and take these matters very seriously," Kelly Services, the school the contracts out substitute teachers for the district, said in a statement. "We conduct business based on the highest standards of integrity, quality, and professional excellence. We're looking into this situation."

After the incident made the news, the soon-to-be adoptive parents' home was covered in paper hearts that said, "We love you" and "We support you."

Religion is supposed to make us better people.

But what have here is clearly a situation where a woman's judgement about what is good and right was clouded by bigoted dogma. She was more bothered by the idea of two men loving each other than the act of pure love they committed when choosing to adopt a child.