Are We Turning The Page On LGBT Representation In Comic Books?

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.

The Internet Just Rallied Round This Disowned Gay Teen With $90,000+ Donations

19 year-old Daniel came out as gay to his family last October. The news didn’t go down well with his religious parents and so they gathered, with his extended family, for a ‘pray the gay away’ intervention to ‘turn’ him straight. Daniel accepts his sexual orientation and so any such effort would have fallen on deaf ears. And it did.

Anticipating a confrontation and for his own protection, Daniel hit record on his phone and captured five minutes of abuse from his parents. I’ll leave you to find the video, but be warned: it is not an easy watch. But the message is important, as the title of the video purveys: ‘how not to react when your child tells you that he’s gay’. Daniel has since been made homeless by his family.

His story also garnered worldwide attention, all in all giving an astonishing boost to a $2000-target crowd funding campaign to help cover his living expenses. That campaign total now sits at an astonishing $93,765 and has been shared over 15,000 times on Facebook. The explosion of support from perfect strangers has surpassed any and all of Daniel’s expectations… Read more.

"God Loves Gays" Billboards Spell Out Message Of Equality To Westboro Baptist Church

Almighty God has spoken - and He has spoken loud. He loves gay people.

So much so, in fact, that ‘God’ is publicly declaring his love for the gay people of the world (and indeed lesbian, bisexual and transgender folk) - by slapping the pro-equality message on billboards across the American city of Topeka, Kansas.

Okay, okay. It isn’t the Big Man himself. It is, rather, his social media doppelgänger, the product of a mystery creator who doesn’t discriminate against Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs or anyone of any spiritual persuasion. In fact, everyone’s welcome (Atheists and Agnostics included - it really is quite the party). ‘God’ is simply out to share a bit of lighthearted humour and now - it seems - he’s on a mission to spread the kind of unconditional love likely to hit homophobia – and the Westboro Baptist Church – right where it hurts… Read more.

Pro-Gay Group’s Fundraising Counters Westboro’s Plans To Picket Robin Williams’ Funeral

A pro-gay organisation has raised over $80,000 for Robin Williams’ favourite charity in response to the Westboro Baptist Church plan to picket his funeral.

Westboro announced that they would picket the funeral and any memorial services for the actor, who famously starred as cross-dressing nanny Mrs. Doubtfire and as a gay man in cult classic The Birdcage. They have since labelled Williams a ‘fag enabler’ in another shameless attempt to use the death of prominent figure to promote their message of hate.

However, the organisation Planting Peace who last year set up the pride themed Equality House have so far crowd raised $80,000 in donations for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a cause supported by Williams… Read more.

Five Gay And Lesbian TV Kisses That Changed Our World

This week sees the eagerly awaited return of Doctor Who to our TV screens. Not only do we have a new Doctor and costume, but the first episode will feature the first onscreen kiss between two already established inter-species same-sex spouses.

To celebrate this moment in what has become an internationally loved, family-friendly series, we take a look back on some of the best same-sex TV kisses and why they are such landmarks in the fight for LGBT equality. 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow and Tara
Six Feet Under: David Fisher and Keith Charles
Xena: Warrior Princess: Xena and Gabrielle
Brookside: Beth Jordache and Margaret Clements
Torchwood: Captain Jack Harkness and Captain John Hart

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Gay Teacher Who Came Out To His Students Tells A Surprising Story Of Acceptance

“If we want to make people comfortable with us, we need to tell them”.

David Weston, a former teacher, openly came out as gay to a full school assembly four years ago in 2010. However, at the time, he admits he wasn’t sure what effect, if any, this had had on the pupils. He only knew that he had received no negative reactions, but hoped that it might raise awareness and help closeted or confused students be more comfortable with themselves.

It’s only now, four years later, that he has received praise from a student for his courageous act.  Richard Miah, a straight man who is strongly against homophobia, emailed Mr. Weston to speak of the ‘positive impact’ his assembly confessional had on the school and how he had ‘challenged the ignorance of so many people that day’… Read more.

Star Trek Writer Schools Homophobic Reader, Backs ‘Rewarding’ Lesbian Romance

A Star Trek writer has hit out at a homophobic reader who has refused to read any more of his books.

David Mack, a freelance writer of licensed Star Trek novels published the email correspondence from an anonymous former fan on his blog in order to promote ‘love, equality and compassion’ – ‘not just for humanity but for all sentient beings’.

The sender told Mack how s/he had ‘deleted the book from my e-reader’ after learning of a lesbian affair between Vulcan character T-Prynn and a Klingon spy called Lurqal in the Harbinger novel… Read more.

The Warwick Rowers: Stripping Off For LGBT Equality

You might think that the Warwick Rowers are just a bunch of attractive guys posing nude for a cheeky calendar and…well, you would be right. But the really revealing thing is why they are doing it.

For five years, the men’s rowing team at Warwick University, UK, have been regularly stripping off to raise funds to help combat homophobia. The popularity of their last calendar was such that their website crashed under strain of demand but now the Warwick team is back and ready to bare all with a brand new calendar for 2015… Read more.

Ugandan LGBT Community Celebrate Pride In The Wake Of Anti-Gay Law

The LGBT community in Uganda have celebrated their third Pride event – days after the country’s anti-gay legislation was declared null and void.

On Saturday, a small group of LGBT Ugandans and their allies gathered in Entebbe, a town on the shore of Lake Victoria and 25 miles from the capital, Kampala… Read more.

‘Gay’ Playstation 4 Sells For Ten Times Its Price In LGBT Charity Auction

A rainbow-striped games console has sold for over ten times its retail price at a charity auction to benefit LGBT refugees.

Dubbed ‘the Gaystation’, the multi-coloured Playstation 4 console received 180 bids when bidding reached its climax at 28,000 Swedish Krona – approximately $4000US… Read more.