Super Hot Superhero Lesbian Action: Batwoman Gay…and Engaged

“Girl, have you read the latest?”

Mm-hm…that’s right: Kate Kane loves women!

DC Comics has completely revamped Batwoman’s character arc—her original purpose was solely to be Batman’s (pre-Catwoman) love interest.  In a queer-centric sea change, Batwoman’s independent crime-fighter status has taken new twists and turns.

In brand new storylines pulled from current and relevant events, Batwoman, a.k.a. Kate Kane, has now been dishonorably discharged from the United States army during “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.”  Her stunning, strong, intelligent detective girlfriend Maggie Sawyer didn’t yet know her secret identity in this new, modern narrative.

Surely you’d heard that news by now.

Back in 2009, “Lesbian Batwoman” was revealed as DC Comics’ first LGBT superhero.  Since DC comics poured new life into the graphic novel, gone is the safe, staid 1950s character that the world thought they knew.

While these lesbian-themed elements are old news, (just like “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is!), this flame-redheaded lesbian superheroine continues to break new ground.  In a timely romantic gesture, Batwoman’s latest dish is that she’s proposed to her girlfriend, Captain Maggie Sawyer.

These new layers that have been woven into Batwoman’s character arc aren’t only a “win” for lesbian women and LGBT allies, but the new incarnations also bring about strong imagery and encouragement for women in general.  Feminist twists in gaming and comic book storylines are still considered to be edgy, underground, and rare.

Originally created by Sheldon Moldoff, Jack Shiff, Bob Kane and Edmond Hamilton, Batwoman’s more secretive birth narrative had to do with the minds of the writers (Moldoff, Shiff, Kane and Hamilton), who dreamed her up as—essentially—a beard, created to fend off rumors that Batman as depicted in comics was a latent homosexual (mind you, this was in 1956).

The more things change, the more they stay the same…

DC Comics contributing writer Greg Rucka announced to the Comic Book Resources web team, “We have been waiting to unlock her,” he said. “Yes, she’s a lesbian.  She’s also a redhead.  It is an element of her character.  It is not her character.”

With a dreamy desire to rescue you, two (count ‘em, two) power-dyke jobs, humongous guns, and a strong woman who loves her, Batwoman’s a lesbian fan girl fantasy no longer.

This s___ just got real.

C’mon, admit it: powerful women are hot.  You know you love Ms. Lesbian B. Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

Boycott Ender’s Game according to GeeksOut

If you’re a fan of science fiction, then you probably know who Orson Scott Card is, and you also probably know that his book, Ender’s Game, is being released as a major motion picture this fall. If you support gay marriage, though, you might not be going to see it.

GeeksOUT, an organization that started to gain an lgbt booth at the 2011 New York Comic-Con and since expanded: “GeeksOUT rallies, empowers, and promotes the queer geek community,” has created an online protest for the movie. The “Skip Ender’s Game” campaign was created to raise awareness about Card’s anti-lgbt and sometimes homophobic views.

The campaign wants people to avoid the November 1, 2013 release altogether: “Do NOT see this movie! Do not buy a ticket at the theater, do not purchase the DVD, do not watch it on-demand. Ignore all merchandise and toys.” The group affirms that the movie itself has nothing to do with sexuality and doesn’t carry any anti-lgbt content; the campaign is aimed at boycotting Card and his anti-lgbt stances.

One of the facts that the group is trying to spread is Card’s association with the National Organization for Marriage (NOM). If you hadn’t heard, NOM was formed to help Proposition 8 pass in California, raised over $1.8 million for the cause, and was considered essential for getting Prop 8 passed. In 2009 he joined the board for NOM and supports their efforts nationwide.

Other than critics pointing out that his writing has homophobic undertones, he has written some anti-lgbt articles at the same time bemoaning that he is called a “homophobe.” His most controversial piece about gay marriage comes from the Mormon Deseret News in 2008, where he stated: “No matter how sexually attracted a man might be toward other men, or a woman toward other women, and no matter how close the bonds of affection and friendship might be within same-sex couples, there is no act of court or Congress that can make these relationships the same as the coupling between a man and a woman. This is a permanent fact of nature.”

His most recent public writing, in a May 2012 article  about North Carolina’s constitutional amendment to define marriage between a man and a woman, Card wrote, most likely ignorant of many existing laws, “There are no laws left standing that discriminate against gay couples. They can visit each other in the hospital. They can benefit from each other’s insurance… [Gay marriage] is about giving the left the power to force anti-religious values on our children.”

Just earlier this year Card’s stances created news. DC Comics came under attack for moving forward on a Superman comic written by Card, and a Superman illustrator Chris Sprouse dropped the job because of Card’s anti-lbgt stances.

Card’s 1985 book Ender’s Game has been consistently rated as one of the best science fiction novels, has been translated into over 30 languages, and won the Nebula Award, the Hugo Award, and the Margaret A Edwards Award. To promote the Skip Ender’s Game campaign, GeeksOUT will be hosting events in Chicago, Dallas, New York, Orlando, Seattle, and Toronto, and encourages individuals to create their own events.