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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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15 more reader comments:

  1. VERY COOL

    Posted on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 1:05pm
  2. It’s about time!

    Posted on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 1:08pm
  3. Woot woot

    Posted on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 1:10pm
  4. Heck yes!

    Posted on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 1:12pm
  5. :)

    Posted on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 1:17pm
  6. Hopefully the next trans character the write will create will be a trans-man. :D

    Posted on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 1:19pm
  7. Neat.

    Posted on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 1:23pm
  8. Doom Patrol, Sandman, and Runaways weren’t mainstream?

    Posted on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 1:24pm
  9. Okay… probably not as much as Batgirl, I admit.

    Posted on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 1:24pm
  10. This is a bit suspicious. o_o;; Are they trying to save face? Well regardless, this makes me so happy! ^_^

    Posted on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 1:34pm
  11. It’s about time. The Japanese have been doing this in the majority of their manga/anime series.

    Posted on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 1:41pm
  12. something about the mainstream comic book industry becoming more open minded about sexuality and what have you doesn’t sit right with me. come on DC, leave some material for us underground artists :P

    Posted on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 2:38pm
  13. I bought my copy :)

    Posted on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 2:57pm
  14. also demon knights among others mentioned

    Posted on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 7:00pm
  15. I applaud DC comics on introducing a trans character but wish they would consider bringing it to the big screen in a Batwoman film, Green Lantern 2, or a Batgirl film

    Posted on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 3:44pm