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Val S.

Invincible is, at its core, a story about a teenager — Mark Grayson (Steven Yeun) — who just happens to have superpowers. The pilot follows him in his desperate reach for super-puberty, because to a boy with the world’s most formidable hero for a father (J.K. Simmons as Nolan Grayson/Omni-Man)…

You stupid bitch, can’t you see the perfect one for you is me? It sounds like a SheRatesDogs entry, but it’s actually the hook to Marie Ulven, or girl in red’s latest single. Ulven built a cult following as a lesbian crooner in 2017 with “I Wanna Be Your Girlfriend,”…

Baked goods, have been centered at the fore of civil rights issues from lunch counter sit-ins during the 1960s to modern Supreme Court rulings over wedding cake

May 22, 2015. I was sitting in a hostel in Salzburg, Austria when marriage equality passed in Ireland. It was pure happenstance, a trip planned in the wake of my college graduation that coincided with the Irish referendum. …

Bridget Stevenson lives in a normal house on a normal street with a normal name. But she is seven the first time she learns that things are not normal on Normal Lane. She is, she thinks, well dressed for this lesson. It is her mother’s funeral, after all.

Aunt Patricia…

Growing up, there was a forbidden VHS tape. Two, actually. The “Titanic” boxset taunted my sister and me from the shelves that housed the television and, underneath it, our parents’ movies. And on it went, until one day we convinced the babysitter that we were allowed to watch a PG-13…

Unstoppable force, meet immovable object. It’s been fifteen years since the first and last time I saw Léa Pool’s 2001 “Lost and Delirious” — an experience that at the time was so distressing I vowed to never repeat it. …

“Invincible,” which premiered its first three episodes to Amazon Prime audiences on March 26, is a gory animated superhero series for adult audiences. It features the bulging eyeballs, bloodshed, and splattered guts that would realistically come with a punch from Omni-Man (J.K. …

The Jump Off — named for Lil’ Kim’s 2003 banger — is a home for LGBTQ creators to respond to the good, the bad, and the ugly of pop culture. Are you still waiting for your favorite ship to sail? Did your most loved lesbian just die? …

Transgender, early transition, and facial dysphoria

Masks are a beautiful thing — in every shape, size, color, and pattern, they protect us from not only the deadly pandemic coronavirus that has transformed our daily lives, but smaller things. Allergies. The common cold. …

Looking back at Duchess Meghan Markle’s life, it is no surprise that she penned a letter to Proctor & Gamble at age 11 campaigning for gender-neutral language in a dish soap commercial. It was 1993, after all. Just a year prior, her hometown of Los Angeles, CA, was engulfed in…

Val S.

vlsrvn.com / twitter: @vlsrvn / LGBT pop culture editor @ medium.com/the-jump-off

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