Is a comic book character's sexual orientation really news?

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Captain Canine
 on Wed, June 13, 2012

I think part of the reason this hits a chord with some people is that there's no denying that an "iconic" super hero is a role model. A super hero is a character that everyone looks up to - even children. The only people that don't like super heroes are super villains. 

So to have a Green Lantern also be gay, creates a big disconnect for homophobic people because they all of a sudden see themselves as a member of The Legion of Doom. 

Josh
 on Wed, June 13, 2012

Hm, I hadn't thought of it that way before. The outing of a superhero internally villifying homophobes. Sounds like justice to me!

I was struck by the commentors who swore up and down that they had nothing agains gays but couldn't see any value in having a gay Green Lantern. I wonder what it would take for them to understand how important LGBT characters are to so many readers. 

patrick
 on Thu, June 14, 2012

Absolutely. This is why Geeks OUT exists in the first place -- to help bring visibility to LGBT fans and comics in general. Queerness is still a "thing" that people have trouble getting over. I wouldn't call the commenters on the CNN piece homophobic per se, but LOTS of people still have yet to embrace queer people. It's like that video, "Sh*t White Girls Say to Black Girls." People are "cool with it" on a theoretical level, but when someone actually comes out as gay or it's much closer to the things they care about (like comics), then lots of issues are brought to the forefront and it's tough for non-queers to take the leap of faith that actually being queer is OK. 

Speaking of fans, I don't buy the argument that DC is doing this as a stunt. First, they'd have to have the pages ready months ahead of time for print, and I don't think they were really going to announce anything until closer to the release of Earth-2 #2. However, Marvel pushed their hand with their marriage announcement, so they ended up releasing it that way. Second, people of their own free will played "find the fairy;" if people didn't want to play along, then it wouldn't have been a topic of discussion. 

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