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DC Comics introduces first transgender character in mainstream comic series

Friday, April 12, 2013

DC Comics, who recently brought us gay and lesbian comic book heroes Alan Scott (a.k.a., the Green Lantern) and Kathy Kane (the Batwoman), has introduced the first transgender character in a mainstream comic book series.

In the recently released Batgirl #19, Alysia Yeoh and Batgirl alter ego Barbara Gordon share a tearful exchange, where Alysia – who is also bisexual – comes out to Barbara as a transgender woman.

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From Batgirl #19, DC Comics.

Writer Gail Simone told Wired magazine she decided to introduce the character when she realized just how many of her friends and fans were LGBTQ. “It just hit me: Why was this so impossible? Why in the world can we not do a better job of representation of not just humanity, but also our own loyal audience?”

Simone said believes that diversity isn’t just a continuing issue for superhero comics: “It’s the issue for superhero comics.”

To that end, Simone said she will add another transgender character to a different comic that she’s writing — but isn’t prepared to talk about which one.

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