DC Comics Introduced an All-LGBTQ+ Justice League for Pride Month

Pride Month Gay Comics Roundup: DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Many Others Celebrate Their LGBTQ Characters, Creators — Towleroad Gay News

DC Comics Introduced an All-LGBTQ+ Justice League for Pride Month

The comic book industry is jumping into the Pride month celebration full force this year, with the majority of major publishers delivering outstanding stories and artwork highlighting LGBTQ identities from a wide collection of LGBTQ creators. From the spooky and moody to the quirky and heartfelt, dive into these Pride month offerings from the comics world.

One of the major players in comics has prepared a major slate for Pride month. The headliner is easily the 80-page anthology “DC Pride #1,” one book compiling original stories that place prominent LGBTQ DC heroes and villains in the spotlight.

Characters Aqualad, Batwoman, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn take center stage is stories from LGBTQ creators including Steve Orlando and James Tynion IV [ONE SENTENCE ON WHAT STORIES THEY HAVE DONE TO MAKE ME GO OOOO]

“DC Pride #1” also features the comics debut of trans superhero Nia Nal/Dreamer. The trailblazing character has to date on been featured in The CW’s “Supergirl” television series, but now makes the jump to the page in a story penned by Nicole Maines, the trans actor that portrays Dreamer on the show.

Beyond “DC Pride #1,” there are also a wide variety of Pride variant covers featuring DC heavy hitters, such as Superman, Nightwing and Wonder Woman.

A “Teen Titans Academy” spinoff focused on Crush and her anti-hero father, Lobo, is also set to launch during Pride month, with the miniseries running through January 2022.

The company also has a number of graphic novels featuring queer characters and stories set for release.

Poison Ivy: Thorns” kicked off Pride month with a story about young queer love set against a macabre, secret-laden background that reimagines the origins of frequent Harley Quinn lover and Batman villain Poison Ivy. The LGBTQ coming-of-age tale “I Am Not Starfire” is also set to release in July 27.

Marvel Comics

The other comic book giant has its own Pride anthology as well.

Marvel’s Voices: Pride #1” collects a number of stories focused on Marvel’s lineup of LGBTQ characters alongside passages highlighting LGBTQ-inclusive moments in Marvel’s history.

Names Mystique, Iceman and Daken will be featured in stories from LGBTQ creators Anthony Oliveira, Vita Ayala and others.

The publisher will also unveil a brand new LGBTQ hero, Somnus, created by out writer Steve Orlando. Somnus, a mutant who has the power to control others’ dreams, debuts in “Marvel Voices: Pride #1” penned by Orlando and illustrated by Claudia Aguirre.

Marvel also announced a series of variant covers celebrating its queer characters will arrive from fabled LGBTQ comics artist Phil Jimenez. The covers will feature nine notable queer names from its canon, including America Chavez, Northstar and Black Cat.

Dark Horse Comics

Dark Horse bolsters its own Pride month set list with a collection of stories that speak to its own unique attitude in the comic book industry. The big ticket of the slate is the “The Pride Omnibus“, which packs the entire run of the series all about LGBTQ superheroes seizing their own narratives and saving the world into one bulging volume.

The focus turns to young queer women with the new graphic novel “Renegade Rule.” The story follows the trials and jubilations of four LGBTQ female friends as they compete for glory in the world of virtual reality gaming.

Other notable titles coming from Dark Horse are a trade paperback collection of queer coming-of-age tale “Youth,” new intergalactic LGBTQ tale “Killer Queens” and a definitive edition of the company’s groundbreaking LGBTQ graphic novel “Enigma.”

Image Comics

Image Comics, in cooperation with The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman’s Skybound Entertainment, are producing a series of variant covers themed to Pride month with a charitable bend.

All proceeds from the sale of issues adorned with these variant covers, including issues of popular series “Fire Power” and “The Walking Dead Deluxe,” will be donated to the Transgender Law Center.

Skybound stated it plans to continue similar charity initiatives beyond Pride month as well.

Oni Press

Oni Press adds to its extensive library of LGBTQ titles during Pride month with the release of “The Tea Dragon Tapestry.

” The book marks the latest installment in the “Tea Dragon” series of graphic novels and continues the series’ intriguing presentation of queer experiences in an incredibly cute, fantastical package bore the mind of writer/artist Katie O’Neill.

The publisher also announced it upcoming lesbian cheerleader young adult graphic novel “Cheer Up: Love and Pompoms.

” The book highlights lesbian and trans identities as its characters deal with the rigors of adolescence and life beyond their senior year of high school against the backdrop of cheerleading and the social pressures that come with it. “Cheer Up: Love and Pompoms” releases August 11.

Further Reading

Take it from veteran writer Sam Maggs and check out more awesomely queer comics that fit easily into any Pride month reading list.

Gay Comics: Previously on Towleroad

Источник: https://www.towleroad.com/2021/06/pride-month-gay-comics-roundup/

About | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride Month | Library of Congress

DC Comics Introduced an All-LGBTQ+ Justice League for Pride Month

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States.

In the United States the last Sunday in June was initially celebrated as «Gay Pride Day,» but the actual day was flexible. In major cities across the nation the «day» soon grew to encompass a month-long series of events.

Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and LGBTQ Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world. Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS.

The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.

In 1994, a coalition of education-based organizations in the United States designated October as LGBT History Month.

In 1995, a resolution passed by the General Assembly of the National Education Association included LGBT History Month within a list of commemorative months.

National Coming Out Day (October 11), as well as the first «March on Washington» in 1979, are commemorated in the LGBTQ community during LGBT History Month.

Annual LGBTQ+ Pride Traditions

The first Pride march in New York City was held on June 28, 1970, on the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. Primary sources available at the Library of Congress provide detailed information about how this first Pride march was planned and the reasons why activists felt so strongly that it should exist.

Looking through the Lili Vincenz and Frank Kameny Papers in the Library’s Manuscript Division, researchers can find planning documents, correspondence, flyers, ephemera and more from the first Pride marches in 1970. This, the first U.S. Gay Pride Week and March, was meant to give the community a chance to gather together to «…

commemorate the Christopher Street Uprisings of last summer in which thousands of homosexuals went to the streets to demonstrate against centuries of abuse … from government hostility to employment and housing discrimination, Mafia control of Gay bars, and anti-Homosexual laws» (Christopher Street Liberation Day Committee Fliers, Franklin Kameny Papers).

The concept behind the initial Pride march came from members of the Eastern Regional Conference of Homophile Organizations (ERCHO), who had been organizing an annual July 4th demonstration (1965-1969) known as the «Reminder Day Pickets,» at Independence Hall in Philadelphia.

At the ERCHO Conference in November 1969, the 13 homophile organizations in attendance voted to pass a resolution to organize a national annual demonstration, to be called Christopher Street Liberation Day.

As members of the Mattachine Society of Washington, Frank Kameny and Lilli Vincenz participated in the discussion, planning, and promotion of the first Pride along with activists in New York City and other homophile groups belonging to ERCHO.

By all estimates, there were three to five thousand marchers at the inaugural Pride in New York City, and today marchers in New York City number in the millions. Since 1970, LGBTQ+ people have continued to gather together in June to march with Pride and demonstrate for equal rights.

Watch documentary footage of the first Pride march, «Gay and Proud,» a documentary by activist Lilli Vincenz:

Footage of one of the earliest Gay Pride demonstration marches, the first Christopher Street Liberation Day Parade, held in New York City, New York, on June 28, 1970, to commemorate the first anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

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  • [Arthur Laurents, director La Cage aux Folles]
  • Walt Whitman 1819—1892
  • Lilli Vincenz (The Ladder), January 1966, Lilli Vincenz Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress
  • Frank Kameny (in suit), June 1948, Box 137, Folder 10, Frank Kameny Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress
  • Pauli Murray of New York, winner of a 1946 Mademoiselle Merit Award for signal achievement in law
  • Bayard Rustin 1912 — 1987
  • Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announces the Library's acquisition of the AIDS Memorial Quilt Archive during a ceremony in the Great Hall, November 20, 2019. Photo by Shawn Miller/Library of Congress External.
  • The cast of Queer Eye discuss LGBTQ+ youth issues during a conversation with moderator Jonathan Capehart, April 3, 2019. Photo by Shawn Miller.

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Out and About: More Adventures Featuring the Stars of DC Pride

DC Comics Introduced an All-LGBTQ+ Justice League for Pride Month

The DC Universe is celebrating Pride Month for all thirty days of June, and hopefully by now you’ve gotten a copy of our landmark DC Pride special into your hot little hands.

For the uninitiated, this special is a collection of unabashedly queer stories starring LGBTQIA+ characters from across the DC Universe, all by a host of queer talent using these characters to tell stories of love, identity and representation for marginalized people who deserve to be seen and celebrated.

In picking up DC Pride, you might be catching up with some of your favorite queer DC heroes—or maybe you’re getting to know some of them for the first time.

Either way, once you’re finished, we’re sure you’ll to explore a favorite featured character or two, especially in a queer context.

Let this article be your guide, then, as a brief introduction to the stars of DC Pride and where to find their further adventures of romance and self-discovery.

Kate Kane, Batwoman

There’s a good reason Kate Kane is featured front and center on the cover of DC Pride. As the star of season one of The CW’s Batwoman, there isn’t a bigger star at the moment among DC’s LGBTQIA+ cast.

And while Season 2 has focused on a different Batwoman, Kate’s recently returned to the series, now played by Krypton’s Wallis Day.

But what will she make of Ryan Wilder, the woman who’s taken on the red-tinged cowl? You can watch Batwoman on The CW and HBO Max to find out.

In the comics, Batwoman first appeared as a former flame of Gotham cop turned superhero Renee Montoya in the 2006 52 maxi-series, but we got to know her best when she took over Detective Comics in Batwoman: Elegy.

Fans of the CW series will definitely want to check out Kate’s 2017 series as well, which features lost loves and heavy ties to the events of the show.

Most recently, Batwoman appeared in the digital first Truth & Justice #13-14, where Kate takes a long-needed vacation from Gotham.

Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy

Harley and Ivy’s relationship has been fraught, subtext-laden and definition-defiant since they first appeared together in the Batman: The Animated Series episode “Harley & Ivy”—and the nebulous nature of their love for each other is exactly the subject of their DC Pride story. But until now, the most definitive take on the relationship between this Thelma and Louise of the Gotham set could be found in HBO Max’s hilarious and surprisingly heartfelt Harley Quinn animated series, where their connection arguably lies at the center of the story.

And if Harley’s story in Batman: Urban Legends #1 is any indication, Harley and Ivy’s romance is going to be a big part of each of their stories going forward.

You won’t want to miss it as their relationship unfolds in the ongoing Batman and Harley Quinn titles! And for a fresh perspective on Poison Ivy’s own identity, check out the original graphic novel Poison Ivy: Thorns on sale now.

Midnighter, Extraño and John Constantine

Midnighter and Apollo were created for WildStorm Comics to answer a very particular thought experiment: What if the World’s Finest weren’t just “best friends”? In DC Pride, Midnighter teams up with the wizard Extraño, DC’s first openly gay superhero, as the mage himself recounts the affair to DC’s premiere disaster bisexual John Constantine.

Written by Steve Orlando, Extraño received an image overhaul the last time he wrote Midnighter as well—in 2015’s Midnighter & Apollo, where this Batman of the WildStorm crew literally goes to Hell and back to save his boyfriend.

The Apollo/Midnighter power couple can also be found working alongside the Man of Steel in Superman and The Authority, starting this July.

As for Constantine, you can catch him bumming about with the time-tossed lovable losers of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow on The CW and in the back pages of Justice League with the Justice League Dark. Also, did you know the entire 300-issue run of Hellblazer is available on DC Universe Infinite? That’s a LOT of chaos magic.

Jess Chambers, The Flash

Jess Chambers is one of the newest queer heroes of the DC Universe—or, should we say, multiverse.

Jess, who first appeared in DC’s Very Merry Multiverse, hails from Earth-11, a universe much our own, but where every resident has a different gender identity than the one we’re familiar with.

In Future State: Justice League, Jess Chambers is the requisite speedster of the main Justice League roster, having migrated to the central DC Universe for reasons still unexplored.

This new superstar is still ripe for a larger debut, but I’ll bet they’re headed for the current Flash comic series sooner than you’d think…and considering The CW’s The Flash’s ongoing mission to weave every speedster from the comics into its narrative, it may not be long before Jess has their moment on television as well.

Green Lantern, Alan Scott and Obsidian

All superheroes must struggle with the nature of their self-identity. Few, however, have had as difficult a journey as Todd Rice, estranged son of the Golden Age Green Lantern.

Still a young man, Rice has had to cope with his father’s monumental legacy, horrific trauma from abuse by his foster parents and severe mental illness.

With all that on his plate, not to mention the co-founding of JSA legacy team Infinity Inc, it’s no wonder that Obsidian didn’t even have the time to explore his own sexual identity until his active retirement, as seen in Marc Andreyko’s Manhunter. But Rice would eventually learn he wasn’t the only gay man in his family.

In the New 52, Alan Scott was rewritten as a gay man, and a central figure to the Earth-2 line of comics set just next door to mainstream continuity.

Alan Scott and his family have only recently been reintegrated into Prime Earth, and his story as an openly gay elder statesman of the superhero community and father of two is just now being told.

Alan and Todd’s story in DC Pride is just the latest chapter of this reckoning with Scott’s “secret identity,” and we encourage you to learn more about Alan and his family in last year’s Green Lantern 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular, Infinite Frontier #0 and the forthcoming Infinite Frontier event just over the horizon.

Jackson Hyde, Aqualad

many characters on this list, Jackson Hyde’s queerness wasn’t explored until some years after his introduction.

Originally created in 2010 for the Young Justice TV series as the half-Atlantean Kaldur’ahm, Jackson Hyde in the comics instead grew up on land and wouldn’t explore his sexuality until his membership in the 2016 Teen Titans.

Jackson’s animated counterpart followed suit in Season 3 of Young Justice, with a new boyfriend by his side. For last year’s Pride Month, Jackson’s queer identity was the focal point of an original graphic novel, You Brought Me the Ocean.

If you’re looking for some in-continuity adventures, however, Jackson is featured prominently in the most recent run of Aquaman, written by Kelly Sue DeConnick and drawn largely by Robson Rocha, and will take on a starring role in the just-announced miniseries, Aquaman: The Becoming.


Second only to Jess Chambers, trans superhero Dreamer is one of the newest stars in DC Pride. This modern-day ancestor to future Legion of Super-Heroes member Dream Girl is currently exclusive to the continuity of The CW’s Supergirl. DC Pride marks Nia Nal’s comic book debut, co-written by Nia’s own actress Nicole Maines. 

Renee Montoya, The Question

Ladies, gentlemen and nonbinary individuals, may I have the honor to present: Her. Renee Montoya is definitively The Boss.

Her own story of queer identity, Gotham Central: Half a Life, was recognized with awards across the industry, she succeeded the absolute coolest superhero in comics in 52, flirted mercilessly with Superman’s wife in Lois Lane, spent a whole lot of that intervening time hooking up with Batwoman, and looks damn fine in a suit and fedora.

For the uninitiated, Renee Montoya’s entire life story has been conveniently collected for you in the recently released The Other History of the DC Universe #4, by John Ridley and Giuseppe Camuncoli.

She’s currently kicking around the Batman books as the new Commissioner of the GCPD, but I’m personally hoping it’s a matter of time before she puts the mask back on and gets into some good trouble with friend and mentor Victor Sage.

After all, one good Question warrants another.

Pied Piper

Hartley Rathaway wasn’t the first openly gay supervillain in DC history—no, that distinction goes to Monsieur Mallah and the Brain, enemies of the Doom Patrol—but he was the first of many to embrace his identity as he pursued a more heroic streak.

Inspired as many Central Citizens were by the death of Barry Allen, the Pied Piper resolved to live in his truth and find a new path forward, even confiding in the new Flash, Wally West. Through the New 52 Flash series and beyond, Hartley’s reform has gone so far as to drive him towards a relationship with the Central City Police Department’s Captain Singh.

Most recently, in DCeased: Hope at World’s End, Harley demonstrates a love and commitment which effectively saves the world. (Or, a big part of it, anyway.)

So now, you’ve got plenty of reading material to explore all through Pride Month! There are plenty of options for you beyond DC Pride and these characters represent just a sampling of DC’s many diverse stars.

A couple more great places to get started: the brand new Crush & Lobo ongoing series, and our very own DC Community, where you can find many active book clubs celebrating Pride in their own way.

So get reading!

DC Pride, an 80-page anthology featuring many of the popular LGBTQIA+ heroes of the DC Universe, is now available in print and as a digital download.

Источник: https://www.dccomics.com/blog/2021/06/11/out-and-about-more-adventures-featuring-the-stars-of-dc-pride

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