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LGBT superheroes rock graphic novels


“When you decide not to be afraid, you can find friends in super unexpected places,” says Ms. Marvel. She has summarized the experience of legions of LGBT people. Local superhero expert Nicholas Duncan teamed up with artist and Central Voice cartoonist Brad Gebhart to create a collage of LGBT Superheroes.


BATWOMAN (aka Katherine Kane) - Created by writer “Edmond Hamilton” and first appeared in DC Comics beginning with Detective Comics #233 (1956). During the multiverse catastrophe series in 1985,Crisis on Infinite Earths, removed Batwoman’s existence. She was successfully reintroduced in 2006 as Kate Kane by Geoff Johns with being of Jewish descent and a proud lesbian in an effort to diversify DC continuity.

THUNDER (aka Anissa Pierce) - Created by Judd Winick and Tom Raney and first appeared in Outsiders #1, August 2003. Anissa is the daughter of Jefferson Pierce, the hero known as Black Lightning. She formed a relationship with Grace, whom still lives together.


NORTHSTAR (aka Jean-Paul Beaubier) - Created by Chris Clarmont and John Byrne, the character first appeared in X-Men #120 (April 1979) as a member of the fictional Canadian superhero team, Alpha Flight. During a battle, Northstar revealed as gay, adopts baby girl with AIDS in Alpha Flight #106 (March 1992). Northstar would again make headlines in 2012 when he took part in the first gay wedding at Marvel in Astonishing X-Men #51.

BUNKER (aka Miguel Jose Barragan) - A metahuman born in the village of El Chilar, Mexico. Publised by DC Comics, He first appeared in Teen Titans vol. 4, #1, and was created by Scott Lobdell and Brett Booth. As a gay superhero during the “New 52” run, Bunker has now seemingly disappeared in the current DC Rebirth, along with other known out LBGT characters.


PSYLOCKE (aka Elizabeth “Betsy” Braddock)- Created by Chris Claremont and Herb Trimpe, the character first appeared in Captain Britain Vol. 1, #8 (1976) commonly in association with the X-Men. Throughout the years, the origin and evolution of Psylocke’s character has been a roller-coaster with her death(s) and resurrection(s). In 2013, the Uncanny X-Force, issue #8 (created by Sam Humphries and Adrian Alphona), was a skit with Psylocke and Cluster having fun. The taboo of bisexuality was introduced to Psyloke’s character, which confused many and encouraged support to other readers.

SHATTERSTAR (aka Gaveedra Seven) - The asexual product of bio-engineering on an otherdimensional world, who was at one point merged with an Earth mutant named Benjamin Russell. Shatterstar and Rictor first shared a passionate kiss in X-Factor #45 (2005) and then later confirmed as him being bisexual.

Shatterstar is known to have served in the unsanctioned mutant group X-Force, and has been involved in numerous superhuman conflicts. During Civil War, Shatterstar briefly rejoined X-Force, and helped in the assault in the X-Mansion, to free the 198 from the grounds. In the X-Factor (2007-2013), Shatterstar joined X-Factor Investigations and got his motion picture daube on the Deadpool 2 movie.


CHALICE (aka Charlie Young) - In “Alters”, published by Aftershock Comics, Paul Jenkins, Leila Leiz and an outreaching diversity team comes a groundbreaking first-ever superhero series with a central transgender protagonist. Chalice is also Charlie Young, a male college student, who, unbeknown to his family, is beginning to transition to female. Unlike most superheroes, who have to maintain one secret identity, Chalice has two. Although there have been other minor “transgender” characters in past comics, Chalice is the first lead hero to fully embrace gender identity.

MIGHTY MAN – Created by Erik Larsen. Mighty Man first appeared in The Savage Dragon #3 (1992) of Image Comics as an ancient entity created by a mysterious wizard named Fon~Ti to fight evil. The entity is passed from host to host at the point of death. The host, regardless of his or her sex, is able to transform into a tall, handsome blonde man with god-like powers. In “one-shot issue, Mighty Man #1 (2017), seven-year-old Betty Bradford has inherited the mantle of the World’s Mightiest Man!

References: www.dccomics.com, www.marvel.com, www.aftershockcomics.com, www.imagecomics.com