Recently, while thinking about superheroes and the various types of people they should represent, I got to thinking…surely there are heroes that are relatable to the LGBTQA+ community. Right? As a lesbian myself, I find comfort in knowing there’s a badass superhero out there who’s more like me than other heroes. So, I did a bit of research, and here are the superheroes I found that happen to be a part of the LGBTQA+ community:
Batwoman – Lesbian:
Kate Kane, A.K.A, Batwoman, was introduced in June 2006, and after being outed and dishonorably discharged from the Marines, (at the time “Don’t ask Don’t tell” hadn’t been repealed) Kate married into wealth. She spiraled into drinking and partying, before falling into a rocky relationship with a cop named Renee Montoya. Renee left her after claiming she had no direction in her life, and when Kate was cornered by a mugger and saved by Batman, she too decided to take on the mantle of a vigilante.
Catwoman – Bisexual:
Raised on the streets of Gotham, Selina Kyle learned to be ruthless in order to get what she wanted. She followed a moral code that SHE set, and usually it only existed to serve her. At a young age, she attempted to pickpocket a man who owned a carnival. He gave her a job, where she learned contortionism, gymnastics, magic, and trickery, all skills that aided her in her pursuit of becoming Catwoman. After kissing a woman in Catwoman, issue #39, Catwoman writer Genevieve Valentine confirmed that Selina Kyle was bisexual. Now, I know she isn’t exactly a superhero, but she’s saved lives – Batman’s included – when it mattered most.
Iceman – Gay:
Known as Robert “Bobby” Drake, Iceman was a mutant who discovered his powers in his early teens. Reluctant to out his abilities, he kept it hidden until a local gang of bullies tried to attack Bobby and his friends. Bobby panicked and temporarily encased the lead bully in ice. His hometown reacted in fear and gathered a lynch mob to pursue the young mutant, but Professor Xavier soon heard about the predicament and recruited Bobby into his school. In issue #40 of All-New X-Men, a young Jean Grey takes notice of Bobby’s thoughts and the two discuss his recently learned-about sexuality. It gets a bit complex from there, but you can read up on the comics if you’d like to know more!
Shining Knight – Intersex:
Ystina, or Sir Ystin, debuted as the Shining Knight in 2005 when DC released a mega-series called “seven Soldiers,” and while others have held the title of Shining Knight, Ystina’s is the most significant. In issue #14 of Demon Knights, Ystin is revealed to be both male and female, and whether this is meant to be mentally or physically is left up to the reader to interpret. Sir Ystin was once a knight of the round table, mentored by Sir Galahad himself. While the Shining Knight is a figure of the past, they’ve been known to scour city streets and work with modern-day Police. They’re definitely badass, and I believe that this DC hero deserved to make the list!
Chalice – Transgender:
The center figure of a series known as Alters, Chalice is one of the first known Transgender superheroes. The series, interestingly enough, focuses on people of various forms, mostly those who are marginalized or struggle with their gender identity. Chalice’s transition from male to female is a key factor in the story, and she even goes through a second transition to become an “Alter.” She steps up to plate to protect those who need it most, and if you’re looking to read this comic series, it’s still in full swing! The comic series only debuted in September 2016, so it’s still readily available for purchase on various sites.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, EVERYONE deserves representation. We are all unique, and as such we deserve to see a hero that resembles us in some way. No-one wants to feel alone in this world, and you should know that there is a group of writers that love you just for you. TGON is a place of love and acceptance for all walks of life because, at the end of the day, we’re all just Nerds. Do you have a hero that you found relatable that isn’t on this list? Let us know!