05 June, 2012

Retroactively Gay


I assume everybody is aware that we now have a very prominent gay superhero. Green Lantern. He's not Superman or Spider-man or even Magneto or the Hulk, but he is a very major character in the DC's convoluted pantheon.

Whether or not the decision to retroactively make the first, original Green Lantern gay (he used to have a family and be married to a woman) is something we may never really know, and whether or not this was done to just boost sales and interest in superhero comics is up to debate. What we do know is that we have an out of the closet, gay superhero, which is fine. I think the bigger question is- why should it matter?

Of course LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi, trans) pride and LGBT rights are a very important issue. The fact that somewhere around 10% of our population can't even get married is insane and makes no sense to me. The fact that bible-thumping Christians often tout the homophobic sections of the bible and seem to forget the parts about love and acceptance and the "first throwing of stones" thing is beyond sophomoric. The LGBT community deserves the same rights as all of us.

Why are we still here and why don't we have more bisexual, asexual, trans and two-spirited superheroes?
And why can't all these superheroes come together, forget their differences and focus on the things that are tearing this world apart, as we speak? And why can't we?

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