DC debuts first transgender character in mainstream comics

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This is definitely an announcement so big that DC has turned to a big media outlet to reveal the first transgender character in mainstream comics. The character is that of Alysia Yeoh, who reveals to Barbara Gordon (AKA Batgirl) that she is transgender in today’s issue of Batgirl #19. Not only is she transgender, but writer Gail Simone mentioned that she is also bisexual.

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It’s definitely a big step towards diversifying characters in comic books, and a huge plus for the LGBT community. There was a time where you couldn’t introduce a lesbian, gay or transgender character (you can thank the Comic Codes Authority for that). It’s a good thing that the big publishers have abandoned using the CCA seal in order to give readers mature content.

Some notable LGBT characters include Batwoman, Northstar, and Green Lantern Alan Scott.

Batwoman (AKA Katherine Kane) proposed to her girlfriend, Maggie Sawyer, in Batwoman #17 in February of 2013.

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Northstar proposed to his boyfriend in Astonishing X-Men #50 in May of 2012.

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DC reintroduced Green Lantern Alan Scott as a young gay man in June of 2012.

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The idea to introduce a transgender came about when Gail Simone was talking to Batwoman writer Greg Rucka during WonderCon last year. A fan asked Rucka why there were few gay male superheroes compared to lesbians ones. He replied that it would be a sign of change if that were to happen, to have a male gay and/or transgender character to appear on a comic book cover.

“I looked out into the audience, saw dozens of faces I knew well — LGBTQ folks, mostly — all avid comics readers and superhero fans and DC supporters,” said Simone. “And it just hit me: Why was this so impossible? Why in the world can we not do a better job of representation of not just humanity, but also our own loyal audience?”

Simone suggested the idea to DC Comics Co-Publisher Dan DiDio over lunch one day, and it wasn’t a hard pitch at all, since it was approved.

Alysia Yeoh isn’t the first transgender character in comics, or even in DC or Marvel Comics.

“Those characters exist [and] that’s great, but I wanted to have trans characters who aren’t fantasy-based. And I feel like there’s a lot there yet to do.”

Source: Wired

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