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The Hidden Power of Gen V’s Effortless Queerness


Like superpowers, queerness is a normal part of life for the students of God U on Gen V.

Derek Luh (Jordan Li) and Jaz Sinclair (Marie Moreau) stand in a God U courtyard
Photo: Brooke Palmer/Prime Video

This article contains spoilers for Gen V.

The Boys universe has become well-known for shocking deaths, bloody explosions, and corrupt superheroes. While the spinoff series Gen V has all of those things, and more, it also has an effortless queerness to it that The Boys has been lacking.

This isn’t to say that Queen Maeve’s (Dominique McElligott) arc in The Boys is terrible queer representation. It makes sense that she would have felt forced to hide who she was to keep her place in The Seven only for Vought to force her to come out to make themselves look progressive later on. Every part of Maeve’s identity is something for Vought to exploit, which The Boys does a great job of making abundantly clear.

But that’s what makes Gen V so refreshing in comparison. Queerness is just a normal part of life at God U and not something that these young characters feel like they have to make a big deal about. Jordan Li (Derek Luh and London Thor) is genderfluid and has different powers based on which gender they’re currently presenting as. While Vought and the faculty do have an issue with promoting Jordan higher in the school’s rankings because they don’t think their queerness will test well, the rest of the student body never seems to have a problem with it.

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