Whether it is intended or not, comic books are often a socio-political commentary. The art and stories are a reflection of culture and current events. While much ado has been made about the treatment and portrayal of female characters in comics, there is much to be said about LGBT characters or rather, the lack thereof.
More recently, mainstream comic books have seen plenty of lesbian love, and perhaps that provides extended shower time for the “target demographic.” But, we all know that people who read comics are a much more diverse and intellectual bunch than the stereotype of your middle-aged, straight white guy.
Based on the human population at large, there is a disproportionately low number of gay characters in comics, particularly gay male characters. As with many female characters, gay characters have faced being cast in a less-than-desirable light. So much of what is portrayed in the media of the LGBT community is negative, stereotypical, or outlandish.
Over in Riverdale, the recent addition of Kevin was the gay boy heard ’round the world, and a step in the right direction. This month’s issue of Birds of Prey features two more steps forward. Mega hotties Creote and Savant have a beautiful shared moment when they realize they are in love with each other, and have been for quite some time. It is sweet, affectionate, positive and, yup, it’s gay. Knowing my darling Gail, there’ll be more where that came from. Love is love. HUZZAH!