DC Gay and Lesbian Heroes Picture

This is a collage I made spotlighting DC's first gay and lesbian heroes. These are not all of DC's gay and lesbian heroes, this is the earliest and the most popular of DC's gay and lesbian heroes.

Maggie Sawyer (heroic Captain of the Metropolis Special Crimes Unit, a special branch of the Metropolis police force that helps Superman fight supervillains, first appearing in Superman # 4 (April, 1987) "Rampage" by John Byrne. It's revealed that Maggie Sawyer is a lesbian in Superman # 15 (March, 1988) "Wings" by John Byrne. Maggie Sawyer appeared on Superman: The Animated Series).

Toby Raines (heroic Metropolis reporter for the Metropolis Star, first appearing in Superman # 9 (September, 1987) "To Laugh and Die in Metropolis" by John Byrne. It's revealed that Toby Raines is Maggie Sawyer's lesbian partner in Superman # 15 (March, 1988) "Wings" by John Byrne. Toby Raines appeared on Superman: The Animated Series).

Menalippe (heroic Amazon, first appearing in Wonder Woman # 1 (February, 1987) "The Princess and the Power!" by Greg Potter, Len Wein and George Perez. It's revealed that Menalippe is a lesbian in Wonder Woman # 32 (July, 1989) "Meanwhile" by George Perez and Tom Grummett).

Penelope (heroic Amazon, first appearing in Wonder Woman # 21 (October, 1988) "Cosmic Migration" by George Perez. It's revealed that Penelope is a lesbian in Wonder Woman # 32 (July, 1989) "Meanwhile" by George Perez and Tom Grummett).

The Pied Piper/Hartley Rathaway
(heroic helper of the homeless and crimefighter, former foe of the Flash, first appearing in The Flash # 106 (May, 1959) "The Pied Piper of Peril!" by John Broome and Carmine Infantino. It's revealed that The Pied Piper/Hartley Rathaway is gay in The Flash # 20 (December, 1988) "Lost, Worthless and Forgotten" by Bill Messner-Loebs and Greg Larocque).

Renee Montoya (heroic Gotham City police officer, created for Batman: The Animated Series (1992) by Paul Dini, first appearing in comic books in Batman # 475 (March, 1992) "
The Return of Scarface" by Alan Grant and Norm Breyfogle. It's revealed that Renee Montoya is a lesbian in Gotham Central # 6 (June, 2003) "Half A Life, Part One" by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark).

Kathy Kane (first appearing in 52 # 7 (June, 2006) "Going Down" by Greg Rucka and Keith Giffen where it's revealed that Batwoman/Kathy Kane is a lesbian. Batwoman's costume was designed by artist Alex Ross).

Early DC stories about gay rights issues:

"They said I wasn't a fit mother," Maggie Sawyer explained to Superman how she was vilified in court for being a lesbian and lost custody of her daughter in Superman # 15 (March, 1988) "Wings" by John Byrne. Superman tries to get Maggie Sawyer's daughter back to her.

Lex Luthor threatens a smear campaign against Maggie Sawyer as a lesbian mother with a daughter and a girlfriend, and to announce "Maggie Sawyer is unfit for the position she holds" as Captain of the Metropolis Special Crimes Unit in an attempt to get her demoted unless she calls a truce with Luthor in Action Comics # 600 (May, 1988) "Games People Play" by John Byrne and Dick Giordano. Maggie Sawyer said it's "Nothing I haven't heard before. Nothing I haven't had to put up with almost all my adult life. Luthor seemed to think it's something he could hold over me. He's misjudged his target."

Green Arrow fights against gay bashing in Green Arrow # 5 (June, 1988) "Gauntlet Part 1" by Mike Grell and Ed Hannigan, and Green Arrow # 6 (July, 1988) "Gauntlet Part 2" by Mike Grell and Ed Hannigan.

Note: Green Lantern/Alan Scott (first appearing in
All-American Comics # 16 (July, 1940) "The Origin of Green Lantern" by Bill Finger and Martin Nodell) was a heterosexual character with girlfriend Irene Miller (first appearing in All-American Comics # 18 (September, 1940) "Green Lantern: At the World's Fair" by Bill Finger and Martin Nodell), married to the Thorn/Alyx Florin (as seen in Infinity Inc. # 13 (April, 1985) "A Thorn Grows in Paradise" by Roy Thomas, Dann Thomas and Don Newton), and had flirted with and later married the Harlequin/Molly Mayne (first appearing in All-American Comics # 89 (September, 1947) "The Harlequin" by Robert Kanigher and Irwin Hasen, and married in Infinity Inc. Annual # 1 (1985) "Green Dreams and Precious Illusions" by Roy Thomas, Dann Thomas and Todd McFarlane). So I do not count Green Lantern/Alan Scott as a gay character. I'm against a writer (James Robinson) trying to turn an established heterosexual character into a gay character (in Earth 2 # 2 (2012) "Age of Wonders" by James Robinson and Nicola Scott). Changing a characters sexuality goes against the creators Bill Finger and Martin Nodell vision, thus bastardizing the character and the historic history. Straight people do not turn gay. Being gay is not a choice.

Batman co-creator and original author Bill Finger explained about Batman, "I knew many homosexuals, but I certainly didn’t think of Batman in those terms. I thought of it in terms of Frank Merriwell and Dick Merriwell, his half-brother, who was the kid he was taking care of. Certainly there’s no homosexual relationship. It was just that the author realized that you’ve gotta have somebody to talk to. A sidekick. Sherlock Holmes had Watson—were they homosexuals? Baloney. You just can’t have your hero walking around thinking aloud all the time. He’d be ready for the men in white coats after a time. So we created a junior Watson and that’s all Robin was."

When Batman began in 1939/1940 in the comic books, while creators Bill Finger and Bob Kane still had control, Batman had flirtatious sexual innuendo with Catwoman (Batman saying "Quiet or poppa spank" to her, "Lovely girl," "Nice night for romance," and kissed her, and let her go free instead of having her arrested) and had girlfriends Julie Madison, Linda Page, etc. and Robin was only an 8 years old kid that just liked to fight.

The gay jokes about Batman and Robin were popularized by homophobic author Fredric Wertham's book Seduction of the Innocent in 1954, producer William Dozier's TV campy Batman show in the '60s and director Joel Schumacher's Batman Forever/Batman & Robin films in the '90s. The gay appearance of Batman and Robin began when the Batman comic books began being censored in the 1940s and 1950s by DC editor Whitney Ellsworth's Editorial Advisory Board in 1941 trying to make Batman as wholesome as possible to remove sexual innuendo with a rule that "The inclusion of females in stories is specifically discouraged. Women, when used in plot structure, should be secondary in importance." It was intended to protect DC from people attacking comic books as inappropriate for kids by having DC comics "clean." A German psychiatrist and author named Fredric Wertham wrote a book bashing comic books called Seduction of the Innocent in 1954 where he said Batman and Robin seemed like "two homosexuals living together." The popular satirical William Dozier/Adam West "Batman" Batusi TV show of the '60s lampooned Batman for laughs by portraying Batman and Robin sliding down the Batpoles, always together, and showing no flirtatious interest in Catwoman, or Batgirl. Director Joel Schumacher was gay and portrayed Batman and Robin with nipples on the costumes, ass screen shots, an adult man Robin, saying "Were not just friends, we're partners." And then they hold hands. Batman co-creator Bob Kane's opinion of the costumes became a running joke with the film crew. Bob Kane roamed the set of Batman Forever muttering, "Why do we have to have nipples on the Batsuit? Why is Robin wearing an earring?" And then there was the Ambiguously Gay Duo parody of Batman and Robin on Saturday Night Live. There is also the "slash fiction" written by feminists amused at portraying heterosexual male heroes so out of character as emasculated and having gay sex. Tim Burton commented during the Batman DVD commentary, "That was the thing, number one, no Robin. I even think that Bob Kane was happy there was no Robin. And all the jokes that come with it. As a kid that's just a part of the mythology is the Batman and Robin jokes. So I thought I'd just avoid all that." Writer Alan Grant stated, "Denny O'Neil, everybody all the way back to Bob Kane… none of them wrote Batman as a gay character."

In 2010 Batman writer Denny O'Neil said about Batman, "If you think being gay is a bad thing, which I don’t, I would say Batman is worse – I would say he’s asexual." www.walruspublishing.com/featu…
Batman writer
Frank Miller explained in an interview with Christopher Sharrett for an essay called Batman and the Twilight of Idols: An Interview with Frank Miller (1991), "Two-Face is identical to Batman in that he's controlled by savage urges, which he keeps in check, in his case, with the flip of a coin. He's very much like Batman. The Joker is not so much a Doppelganger as an antithesis, a force of chaos. Batman imposes his order on the world; he is an absolute control freak. The Joker is Batman's most maddening opponent. He represents the chaos that Batman despises, the chaos that killed his parents... The Joker actually wears lipstick. He calls Batman 'Darling'...Batman isn't gay. His sexual urges are so drastically sublimated into crime-fighting that there's no room for any other emotional activity. It’s not because he’s 'gay', but because he’s borderline pathological, he’s obsessive. He'd be much healthier if he were gay." (Reprinted in the book Postmodernism & a Sociology (1997) by Stanford M. Lyman). books.google.com/books?id=CnMo…

German psychiatrist and author Fredric Wertham's book Seduction of the Innocent in 1954 claimed, "The Lesbian counterpart of Batman may be found in the stories of Wonder Woman. The homosexual connotation of the Wonder Woman type of story is psychologically unmistakable, which portrays extremely sadistic hatred of all males in a framework which is plainly Lesbian." Wonder Woman creator William Moulton Marston wrote Wonder Woman in love with Steve Trevor, thus, Wonder Woman obviously did not have a "Lesbian hatred of all males." Writer John Byrne noted, "Going completely ga-ga over the first man she meets (Steve Trevor). Diana (Wonder Woman) is not a Lesbian, and despite the best efforts of some to suggest otherwise, sexuality is not a learned response. Snickering and 'why do you think they call it 'Paradise'?' infantilism notwithstanding, Diana would have been 'programmed' to respond to the opposite sex as are all straight women. The first man she met would have uncorked a whole lot of pent up (and perhaps unrecognized) emotions."
Wonder Woman has also had an obvious attraction to Superman in the comics for decades (Wonder Woman # 130 (May, 1962) "
The Mirage Mirrors" by Robert Kanigher and Ross Andru, Superman's Girl Friend Lois Lane # 136 (February, 1974) "Wonder Woman: Mrs. Superman" by Cary Bates and John Rosenberger, DC Comics Presents # 32 (April, 1981) "The Super-Prisoners of Love" by Gerry Conway, Roy Thomas and Kurt Schaffenberger, Wonder Woman # 300 (February, 1983) "Let No Superman Put Asunder!" by Roy Thomas, Danette Thomas, Dan Mishkin and Rich Buckler, Superman Annual # 11 (1985) "For the Man Who Has Everything" by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, Wonder Woman # 8 (September, 1987) "Time Passages" by Len Wein and George Perez, Wonder Woman # 16 (May, 1988) "Bird of Paradise/Bird of Prey!" by George Perez, Action Comics # 600 (May, 1988) "Different Worlds" by John Byrne and George Perez, Kingdom Come (1996) by Mark Waid and Alex Ross, Wonder Woman #141 (February, 1999) "Trinity 98 Part II" by Eric Luke and Yanick Paquette and cover by Adam Hughes, Wonder Woman # 162 (November, 2000) "God Complex" by Ben Raab and Derec Aucoin, Superman # 165 (February, 2001) "Superman and Wonder Woman" by Jeph Loeb and Ian Churchill, Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again # 2 (2002) by Frank Miller, All-Star Batman & Robin the Boy Wonder # 5 "Episode 5" by Frank Miller and Jim Lee, etc.).

The Sugar Hill Gang called Superman a "fairy" in the song Rappers Delight (1979) mocking his costume, etc.: "Superman, he's a fairy I do suppose, flyin' through the air in pantyhose. He looks like a sucker in a blue and red suit. He can't satisfy you with his little worm." Superman was actually quite the ladies man in the comics, etc. He had Lois Lane, Lana Lang, Lori Lemaris, Helen J. O'Hara, Cat Grant, Wonder Woman. Superman's costume was inspired by circus costumes with cape and trunks over tights and the Phantom wearing a circus style costume in the newspaper comics strip created by Lee Falk.

Shazam!/Isis Hour TV series star Captain Marvel John Davey said, "Once in El Paso I came within seconds of launching a comeback to my boxing career when I was razzed by some liquored-up rednecks who queried as to how anyone could 'get up on a public staged dressed like a faggot!'"
Studies show that homophobes are hidden homosexuals. www.youtube.com/watch?v=xP4zr0…

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