Week of Geek: Pride Month Part 1! LGBTQ Characters in Comics!

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Hiya Geeklings!

It’s June!  Summer is pretty much official, though it probably won’t seem that way until after school’s over (hang in there, it’s coming!)

But you know what else June is?  Pride Month!  That’s right, a whole month for everyone on the rainbow to celebrate love in all it’s forms, how far gay rights have come and who we all are as people.  And I thought I’d take the opportunity to, over the next few weeks, celebrate the characters in books, comics, TV shows and movies that have inspired us and have represented the real-life struggles and triumphs the LGBTQ community has endured.  And today I’d like to start with comics.  I like comics.

Plus, I went and saw Wonder Woman this last weekend (YOU GUYS!  DC FINALLY MADE A REALLY GOOD MOVIE!  WW WAS AWESOME!)  And did you guys know Wonder Woman is queer?  WHA?

People had long suspected that she may be a lesbian, or maybe bisexual.  But recently in the DC Rebirth storyline Year One, it was confirmed that the Amazons of Themyscira are completely open to same-sex relationships.  Which totally makes sense when you think about it.  They’ve lived without men for centuries.  Why wouldn’t they be open to coupling with each other?  For them it’s a non-issue.

So that’s huge!  Wonder Woman is one of the most iconic superheroes in comics, and to have her represent the Kinsey scale, even in a small capacity, is great for representation as a whole.  But she is definitely not the first LGBTQ character in DC comics, as this video they released a couple of years back points out…

Batwoman, Midnighter, Apollo, Catwoman, Renee Montoya, John Constantine, and now Wonder Woman, plus many more.

Not to be outdone, Marvel has it’s share of LGBTQ characters.  Characters like Hulking, Wiccan, Miss America (all Young Avengers), Rictor, Shatterstar (X-Factor), Northstar, Iceman, Karma (all X-Men), Mystique, Daken, even Loki… they’re all on the rainbow.

But it’s not just superheroes either, not by a long shot.  For instance, while Kevin Keller has long been the first LGBTQ character in Archie comics, longtime character Jughead recently came out as asexual.  Many fans were disappointed when the live-action show Riverdale seemed to veto this, but, thus far, the comic version of Jughead has remained one of the few ace characters in fiction.

 

And lets not forget Manga!  Yaoi and Yuri fiction have long portrayed same sex relationships, but some of those are a little… adult.  For a more teen friendly look, try Ouran High School Host Club, that features a gender fluid main character, or Sailor Moon, where Sailors Neptune and Uranus are a canon couple…

Side Note: I recently discovered that in the original anime series of Sailor Moon that I watched when I was younger, one of the villains named Zoisite, who had been portrayed as a woman in the English dub I saw, was actually a man in the original Japanese series, which puts the romantic relationship the character had with fellow villain Malachite in a whole new light.  This was a 90s kids tv show, so it does not surprise me that the North American dubs would’ve switched things around. End Side Note

…or Azumanga Daioh, which features a gay character.  I’m still feeling my way around manga, so if I’m missing any post away in the comments section.

So there’s a very brief overview.  Anyone I left out?  Anything I’m missing?  Post away!

Stay tuned during the next few weeks for more of our favorite geeky and proud characters, series and titles.  If you’re looking for Real Life info about LGBTQ issues and questions, we’ve got a list for that

Also check out Rainbow Youth York and York Pride Fest.

Thanks guys.  Good luck with final exams and projects, and until next time, End of Line.

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