Though Buffy The Vampire Slayer came to a close on the small screen in 2003, the comic books haven’t stopped hitting shelves. Next up, murderous vamps will have to contend with a new slayer in town –one who happens to be gay. Writer Jane Espenson said:

“It suddenly struck me. If being feminine doesn’t mean that you’re lesser, then liking guys also doesn’t mean you’re lesser. For a very good reason, we’ve focused on the female empowerment part of Buffy, but I wondered, ‘Did we leave something out?’ What if someone in high school is looking up to Buffy as a role model, and we’re saying: You can’t be a Slayer.”

And while we’re eternally grateful for Willow and Tara, having a kickass gay male staking vampires is sure to spice things up in Sunnydale. Buffy fans might recall that officially, only women can be slayers. This means that the new guy, Billy, must train extra hard to be a hero. Look out for him in season nine #14 of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. [IBTimes]

British Producer Jailed in Uganda for Staging Play Depicting Gay Characters: David Cecil, who produced a play centered around a gay business man titled The River and the Mountain, was arrested and thrown in jail. Cecil was initially warned by the Uganda Media Council not to stage the production. The British-born producer faces two years in a Uganda prison if convicted of “disobeying an order from a public authority.” In this East African country, homosexual acts are illegal. [LGBTQNation]

Book Excerpt: ‘The Raid’ by Lee Lynch: Looking for a novel to add to your fall reading list? Cozy up with this excerpt from Lee Lynch’s forthcoming book, The Raid. [SheWired]

Novelist Dishes About Her New Lesbian Thriller: Sarah Terez Rosenblum chatted with Windy City Times about her lesbian-themed romance/thriller novel, Herself, and what she’ll be surprising us with next. [WindyCity]


(Buffy the Vampire Slayer Image via Dark Horse Comics)

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