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Superman art by Stephanie Roux for the 'Love is Love' comics anthology by DC Comics and IDW Publishing created to honor victims of the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting.

DC Comics is an American publisher of comic books and related media.

LGBT Representation

Though DC Comics was once regarded as less progressive than its rival Marvel Comics, in recent years that has been changing and they now have multiple major LGBT lead characters, as well as many prominent secondary characters.

  • The first explicitly gay character in DC Comics was Extraño, who was created by Steve Englehart and Joe Staton and appeared in Millennium and New Guardians in 1987. New Guardians also featured one team member, Jet, contracting AIDS, but the series was controversial with both LGBT fans and the general public because many readers felt that the effeminate Extraño was too stereotypical. Additionally, several characters were infected with HIV through the scratch of a character called the Hemo-Goblin and DC Comics received many angry letters in response to this misinformation about HIV transmission.
  • Various minor or secondary LGBT characters have appeared over the years, including Kyle Rayner's assistant Terry Berg, who was featured in an story about gay bashing in Green Lantern #154 that won two GLAAD awards.
  • Midnighter is a gay superhero who is a lead character in a series of comics published by DC's imprint Wildstorm. He was in a relationship with (and eventually married) fellow superhero Apollo.
  • Catwoman, Harley Quinn, and Constantine are bisexual lead characters. DC Comics confirmed on Twitter that Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy are in a lesbian relationship "without the jealousy of monogamy"[1].
  • In 2006 DC announced a lesbian incarnation of Batwoman (Kate Kane).
  • Batgirl, Secret Six, and Bombshells have prominent LGBT characters such as Catman, Poison Ivy, and Alysia Yeoh as part of ensemble casts.
  • In September 2016, writer Greg Rucka confirmed that Wonder Woman is bisexual in an interview with Comicosity[2].
  • Other LGBT characters appearing in DC Comics include bisexual superheroes Sarah Rainmaker, Icemaiden, and Voodoo, the reformed villain Pied Piper, lesbian policewoman Renee Montoya, and Teen Titan Bunker. Alan Scott, one of the characters in the role of Green Lantern, was depicted as gay in an alternate universe.
  • In December 2016, DC Comics and IDW Publishing published the Love is Love comics anthology honoring victims of the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting.

Related Links


  1. https://twitter.com/DCComics/status/609458213197606912
  2. http://www.comicosity.com/exclusive-interview-greg-rucka-on-queer-narrative-and-wonder-woman/

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