June was National Pride Month and last week the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in all 50 states.
So I thought I should highlight some comic book characters from the LGBT community.
Kate Kane was a soldier in the military before being kicked out due to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”. She took it hard, which led to her falling into a destructive life full of parties and one-night stands. After an unexpected run-in with Batman, she was inspired to put her training to use by becoming the costumed crime-fighter known as Batwoman.
Teddy Altman, known as Hulkling and Bully Kaplan, known as Wiccan are members of the Young Avengers. Their romance is one of the most genuine in all of comics. Fans speculated that they were a couple when they were first introduced. After much speculation, it was revealed in a later issue that they were indeed both gay and in a relationship. The writer commended the fans for picking up the very subtle hints.
Mystique has been intimate with several male characters — Wolverine, Forge, and even Professor X — but her one true love is Irene Adler aka Destiny. While Mystique often uses her sexuality to get what she wants, Irene is her one true love. Mystique is a fighter for mutant rights and is the poster child for accepting yourself for who you are no matter what you look like — plus she bisexual.
Colossus is one of the most popular X-Men and his ultimate universe counter part happens to be gay unlike himself. Multiple characters had dropped mentions insinuating that he was but he or the story never confirmed it until much later in the timeline. It wasn’t a smooth outing for Colossus when he did come out, his best friend, Nightcrawler, distance himself from him and eventually hated him over his sexual orientation. It’s unfortunate but an accurate depiction life for some have to endure.