‘SYTTD’ to feature trans bride

All brides deserve to feel special on their wedding day — that’s why TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress” is welcoming all brides.

According to the Huffington Post, the long-standing New York-based show will feature their first transgender bride, hairstylist and makeup artist Gabrielle Gibson, in their March 25 episode.

The 33-year-old New Jersey native took to Facebook to announce her spot on the show, says HuffPost, sharing a photo of herself in a V-neck lace mermaid gown while standing on the floor of Kleinfeld Bridal next to consultant Shay and Kleinfeld fashion director Randy Fenoli.

Calling the experience “an absolute dream” in her Facebook post, HuffPost says Gibson is set to marry fiancé Jaden Rogers this November in a “country chic” wedding. While Gibson certainly enjoyed her “Say Yes” experience, she also felt her appearance served more of a purpose than just showing off a beautiful wedding gown.

“With everything going on in the media surrounding violence towards trans women of color,” she told PinkNews, according to HuffPost, “I wanted to show that we are people who just want to live and be happy.”

We wish Gibson and her fiancé all the best — and kudos to you, “Say Yes”!

Marvel’s Chavez invokes Beyonce

The latest cover of Marvel’s America #2 will have you wanting to get in formation.

According to Mic, title character America Chavez is a “queer Latina superhero” that is depicted as a “‘Formation’-inspired brown woman dressed in patriotic red, white and blue but with a grimace on her face.”

The comic, written by Gabby Rivera and drawn by Joe Quinones, gives the superhero “superhuman strength, speed, the ability to tear holes in space-time, and a take-no-shit attitude,” reports The Verge.

Marvel Editor-in-chief Axel Alonso told Mic in an email that America only adds to the “rich and diverse characters within the Marvel Universe.”

Be sure to look for the bossed up superhero when the comic hits stores on March 1.

Streep to receive honors for LGBTQ advocacy

Meryl Streep is no stranger to winning awards — with Oscars, Emmys and Golden Globes wins under her belt, she is surely running out of room to display all of her honors. But in February, the star is set to receive another honor that she’ll just have to make space for.

According to the Huffington Post, Streep is set to receive the Human Rights Campaign’s Ally for Equality Award for her support of the LGBTQ community. The Human Rights Campaign will present Streep with the award on Feb. 11 at their 2017  HRC Greater New York Gala at the Waldorf Astoria in New York, says the Huffington Post.

Increasing awareness of LGBTQ people through movie roles, HuffPost outlines her history of maximizing visibility for the community in this way:

“In 1979, she played a lesbian in Woody Allen’s “Manhattan,” and was bisexual and shared a smooch with Allison Janney in “The Hours.” Then, of course, there was her much buzzed-about onstage lip-lock with Sandra Bullock at the 2010 Critics’ Choice Awards. And who could forget about her fantastical love scene in “Angels in America,” in which an angel (played by Emma Thompson) brought her to orgasm while hovering over Manhattan?”

Beyond her professional advocacy moments, HuffPost says that Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin believes that Streep deserves the award for generally being an advocate of LGBTQ people.

“Whether through her iconic roles that raised the visibility of LGBTQ people, or by boldly speaking out for equality, Meryl Streep embodies the very nature of what it means to be an ally to our community.”