LGBT issues in comics are often portrayed as realistically as we come to experience them in real life and comic book writers tend to deal with sexuality and gender identity in their craft carefully and sensitively. With the recent news that Daryl Dixon, a hugely popular character from the hit zombie-filled TV show The Walking Dead (based on the comic of the same name) is actually going to come out soon as gay, we take a look at some LGBT characters from the world of comics who are very much out and proud.
These days there are many LGBT characters in comic books: Hellblazer’s John Constantine was bisexual in his original Vertigo incarnation, X-Men’s Anole, currently in his early teens, is one of the youngest gay characters in the series and X-Factor’s Rictor discovered his bisexuality in recent years due to his relationship with extra dimensional warrior Shatterstar. Similarly, New Mutant’s Karma publically came out in 2003 after declaring her feelings towards fellow mutant Kitty Pryde and Batwoman who, in her self-titled book, has been a lesbian from the get go. These characters really bump up the roster for LGBT representation and go to show just how much things have moved on in the last 10, even 20 years… Read more.