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Upcoming Marvel Hero is Not Only Gay — He's a Dad!

Break out the spandex, dads, Marvel finally recognized our superhero status!

Calling all gay dad geeks! This is not a drill!

At a recent Disney expo, Marvel Studio President Kevin Feige announced that an upcoming superhero in The Eternals will not only be gay — he'll have a partner and kids.

A gay dad superhero? Take that all of our collective high school bullies! We've finally made it!

But we'll have to wait a bit longer to figure who, exactly, gay dads 'round the globe will be dressing up as each and every Halloween for time eternal. Feige only revealed that the future character will be "married, he's got a family, and that is just part of who he is."

As Out Magazine noted, the rollout of LGBTQ characters in the Marvel universe has been teased for years. In 2015, Feige said the company would "for sure" include an openly gay character some day — a day which, finally, seems to be just around the corner. Just last month, the studio announced Tessa Thompson's Valkyrie character in the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder will be its first queer character.

And now, with news of a gay dad superhero not far behind (November 2020, but who's keeping track?) it seems like the company is finally making good on its promise.

Watch. This. Space.

Move over Modern Family, there are some new gay dads taking over the small screen! Big Bad Boo Studios is bringing their animated series The Bravest Knight to Hulu. The series is based upon a children's book called "The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived" by Daniel Errico, and it follows the life of Sir Cedric - now grown and married to Prince Andrew - as he regales their adopted daughter Nia with tales of his knighthood journey as she trains to become a knight herself.

"We are so excited about The Bravest Knight, its values and our partnership with Hulu," said Shabnam Rezaei, the director of the series and co-founder of Big Bad Boo Studios. "They understand how to push the envelope with authentic storytelling."

"I immediately fell in love with the idea of a girl wanting to work hard and make something of herself," Rezaei continued. "I also have a nephew who has two dads, so it's a very personal issue for me. I want him to have role models when he's watching TV. I want him to feel like having two dads is completely normal. That's what this show is going to do for him."

Errico's book was first realized as an animation when Hulu created a short film based upon his writing and were interested in exploring the concept of a full series. "I watched the eight minutes on Hulu and at the end the prince and the knight get married and I was in tears," says Rezaei. Rezaei then stepped in to create all new art work including new character design by Tim Linklater and backgrounds by Sarita Kolhatra. Together, they created a kickass bible and pitched the series to Hulu and were successful.

Diversity and inclusivity is celebrated throughout The Bravest Knight, reflected by its casting choices. Nia is played by Storm Reid, from "A Wrinkle in Time," and her dads Sir Cedric and Prince Andrew are voiced by T.R. Knight and Wilson Cruz respectively. The star studded cast also includes Wanda Sykes, Bobby Moynihan, RuPaul, Steven Weber, Teri Polo, AJ McLean, Jazz Jennings, Maz Jobrani and Christine Baranski as the formidable Red Dragon.

"With so many wonderful stories yet to be told, we hope that The Bravest Knight stands as an example of the undeniable strength in inclusivity, and the inherent joy in all forms of love and identity," said Errico, the author of the original book.

The first 5 episodes were released on June 21, and there are 8 more planned for release before the end of the year. Be sure to tune in!

This is the Main Title Song for Big Bad Boo's Hulu Original Series "The Bravest Knight". The song is performed by Justin Tranter and composed by Michael Plow...

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Gay Dads Appear on Reboot of "Wife Swap"

The family-focused television show "Wife Swap" is back on television, only this time they're including some gay dads in the line up.

Photo credit: Drayton McJunkins

Wife Swap, a family -focused reality television show created with the premise that two completely opposite families - in every single way - swap their spouses for a week. The relocated spouse must live by the rules of the new house for a week before implementing their own rules the following week. It was hit show from 2004 to 2010, and now it's back. And this time, featuring gay dads!

Millennials, husbands, dads, and Influencers, Terrell and Jarius Joseph have two children, Aria and Ashton, through surrogacy. They live in Atlanta and are excited to be the first African-American gay couple swapping home life with a white hetero couple. We spoke with the dads to get their take on their upcoming episode (to be aired this Thursday, April 25, 9pm EST).

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Danny Tetley, Finalist on X-Factor, and His Dad Came Out to Each Other on the Same Day!

After the X-Factor star accidentally found himself in a gay bar with his dad, the two opened up about their sexuality to one another for the first time.

Danny Tetley, a finalist on the U.K. competition the "X Factor," revealed in a recent interview with The Sun that when he came out to his dad in 2001, his father revealed that he, too, was gay.

"I always had my questions over the years but Dad was never open about it," Danny told the newspaper.

While the pair were in Los Angeles together, Danny said they'd gone into a gay bar together, unintentionally. After a few drinks, "we started talking about the men in there who were handsome," Danny said.

Ultimately, he elaborated, that led the two men to open up about their sexualities to one another for the first time.

"That experience with my dad made us so much closer. We're really good friends and I'm so happy for him," Danny said.

In the years since, Danny's dad married another man in 2016. Danny says he performed Gladys Knight's "You're The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me" during the nuptials.

As for himself, Danny says he is still single, and is focused on his career for the moment. "I've had plenty of men hitting on me through social media, saying they fancy me," he told The Sun. "But I have no time at the minute and I'm liking my own space."

Read the full interview here.

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Gay Dads to Be Featured on Netflix's Upcoming 'She-Ra' Reboot

Hurrah for She-Ra! Netflix's reboot of the popular 80s show includes two gay dads.

During New York Comic Con earlier this month, the case of Netflix's reboot of "She-Ra and the Princesses of Power" revealed that the character of Bow will have two gay dads.

The secret was revealed after Aimee Carrero, who voices She-Ra, was asked who were favorite characters on the upcoming show were, and she responded "Bow's dads."

Marcus Scribner, who voices the character of Bow, added: "It's not some topical thing that really needs to be discussed, it just is. Bow has two dads. I feel like [She-Ra] just reflects a lot of modern families and things that are going on in the world around us. I don't want to talk too much about their personality types and how they each factor in, because that was a bit of a Comic Con spoiler alert session, but it's definitely super cool. … Just know that they play an integral role in a couple scenarios."

As reported by Into, animated series have become increasingly LGBTQ friendly in recent years, with shows like The Legend of Korra, Steven Universe, and Voltron: Legendary Defender all featuring queer characters. And gay dads in particular are popping up in television shows of all varieties. We're happy to see She-Ra added to the list! The show debuts on Netflix on November 17th, be sure to check out the teaser promo video below:

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