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Catwoman, Mardi Gras and Desiree Akhavan

Your Daily Package of newsy and naughty bits from around the world

Catwoman is bisexual

A recent issue of the superhero comic Catwoman confirmed what many fans had suspected: Catwoman is bisexual. Writer Genevieve Valentine assured readers that Catwoman’s flirtation with Batman would be unaffected. “Please be assured that Selina’s longstanding connection to Batman has not been forgotten,” she wrote. “That is not how bisexuality (or humanity) works."

Read more at CNN.

Sydney gears up for Mardi Gras

This Saturday, March 7, Sydney, Australia will come to a halt for one of the flashiest LGBT parades in the world. Take a look at past floats and costumes at the Star Observer.

Syria’s gay refugees

Abuse, violence, rejection and attempted murder are common experiences for LGBT people fleeing ISIS in Syria. Worse, some of the refugees say, their plight has been ignored by the international community, which has deemed them “not a priority.”

Read more at CNN.

UK gay swimming instructor suffered campaign of abuse

A UK swimming instructor has testified that his managers started a campaign of homophobic abuse against him after he represented a disabled colleague in an employment tribunal. The tribunal resulted in his employers at a leisure centre having to pay out a settlement, after which they began calling him “gayboy” and “paedo,” and forcing him to change in the disabled toilet.

Read more at the Daily Mail.

Indian censors muted the word “lesbian”

The Indian Censor Board muted the word “lesbian” from a recent romantic comedy Dum Laga Ke Haisha, according to documents, prompting anger on Twitter. “Since when is it a bad word?” one Indian Tweeter wrote.

Read more at Indian Express.

Desiree Akhavan: Not just the bisexual, Iranian Lena Dunham

In the Guardian, filmmaker Desiree Akhavan talks about her new film Appropriate Behavior, stereotyping, and critics’ label of the “bisexual, Iranian Lena Dunham.” “It’s the idea that there’s room for only one funny woman whose work can be monetised.” she objects. “But no one ever looks at Alex Ross Perry and says, ‘Oh, another Noah Baumbach!’”

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