I’ve been trying to avoid getting up on my angry lesbian soap box recently, really, I have— partially because I can’t say anything differently than I’ve already said it and I hate repeating myself, but apparently a few things bear repeating.
There needs to be less subtext and more text. There needs to be more non-straight original characters in media. And most importantly, it needs to not be a big deal with the characters or plot.
Coming out stories need to stop. Gay, lesbian, bi, trans and queer characters need to simply be. They need to exist in the story, and no one need bat an eye.
Instead of pulling a Rowling and outing a character after the fact, DC needs to just create and write more non-straight characters, period. It’s that simple. And they need to do it honestly, like they give a shit, even when it’s obvious apart from a few rare cases, that they don’t.
i respectfully disagree. one of the (many, many) problems with comics today is that the big two lean heavily on established fan bases and legacy characters. i agree that new media like tv and movies don’t need coming out stories because the characters should be queer from day one, but in comics, it’s very difficult for a new character to build a following, particularly if the new kid is not like the majority of comic fans (straight white cis men). thus the best way to increase diversity in comics is to change an established character in some way. as little respect as i have for dc (which is to say, almost none), i’m glad they’re doing this rather than pretending that a new gay character will come anywhere close to having the chance of actually affecting fans that an established character will.
i also do like the implication that this will be someone who previously identified as straight and is now identifying as queer (not sure if he’s going to be gay or bi or what), because the fluidity of sexuality is usually ignored in media. it’s entirely possible to be straight or much of your life and then be gay or vice versa (trust me on this one), but characters who come out are always “lying to themselves” or “hiding something” or they “always knew but didn’t want to admit it” or whatever. it would be cool for me to see someone who stands up and says “yes, i was straight, i had many healthy straight relationships, and now i am gay and plan to have healthy gay relationships” etc. i could get behind that type of thing.
(of course what will probably actually happen in this case is that someone went gay in the reboot and it’ll be like “oh he was always gay didn’t you know?” and that’s because dc really does suck in pretty much every way. i’m just talking about the value of a potential story here.)