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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.

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:

Moricz was banned from speaking up about LGBTQ topics. He found a brilliant workaround.

Senior class president Zander Moricz was given a fair warning: If he used his graduation speech to criticize the “Don’t Say Gay” law, then his microphone would be shut off immediately.

Moricz had been receiving a lot of attention for his LGBTQ activism prior to the ceremony. Moricz, an openly gay student at Pine View School for the Gifted in Florida, also organized student walkouts in protest and is the youngest public plaintiff in the state suing over the law formally known as the Parental Rights in Education law, which prohibits the discussion of sexual orientation or gender identity in grades K-3.

Though well beyond third grade, Moricz nevertheless was also banned from speaking up about the law, gender or sexuality. The 18-year-old tweeted, “I am the first openly-gay Class President in my school’s history–this censorship seems to show that they want me to be the last.”

However, during his speech, Moricz still delivered a powerful message about identity. Even if he did have to use a clever metaphor to do it.

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Matthew McConaughey in 2019.

Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey made a heartfelt plea for Americans to “do better” on Tuesday after a gunman murdered 19 children and 2 adults at Robb Elementary School in his hometown of Uvalde, Texas.

Uvalde is a small town of about 16,000 residents approximately 85 miles west of San Antonio. The actor grew up in Uvalde until he was 11 years old when his family moved to Longview, 430 miles away.

The suspected murderer, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, was killed by law enforcement at the scene of the crime. Before the rampage, Ramos allegedly shot his grandmother after a disagreement.

“As you all are aware there was another mass shooting today, this time in my home town of Uvalde, Texas,” McConaughey wrote in a statement shared on Twitter. “Once again, we have tragically proven that we are failing to be responsible for the rights our freedoms grant us.”

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Meet Eva, the hero dog who risked her life saving her owner from a mountain lion

Wilson had been walking down a path with Eva when a mountain lion suddenly appeared.

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A sweet face and fierce loyalty: Belgian Malinois defends owner.

The Belgian Malinois is a special breed of dog. It's highly intelligent, extremely athletic and needs a ton of interaction. While these attributes make the Belgian Malinois the perfect dog for police and military work, they can be a bit of a handful as a typical pet.

As Belgian Malinois owner Erin Wilson jokingly told NPR, they’re basically "a German shepherd on steroids or crack or cocaine.”

It was her Malinois Eva’s natural drive, however, that ended up saving Wilson’s life.

According to a news release from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wilson had been walking down a path with Eva slightly ahead of her when a mountain lion suddenly appeared and swiped Wilson across the left shoulder. She quickly yelled Eva’s name and the dog’s instincts kicked in immediately. Eva rushed in to defend her owner.

It wasn’t long, though, before the mountain lion won the upper hand, much to Wilson’s horror.

She told TODAY, “They fought for a couple seconds, and then I heard her start crying. That’s when the cat latched on to her skull.”

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