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Holy diversity, Batman


In the latest issue of Batgirl, a character named Alysia Yeoh reveals she’s transgendered, and herroommate,BarbaraGordon, a.k.a. Batgirl, responds with a hug.

The storyline was created by writer Gail Simone, who notes that the world of comic-book superheroes is becoming more diverse.

In 2012, Green Lantern revealed he is gay, and that same year, Northstar (the first superhero to come out, in 1992) married his long-time partner, Kyle.

Batwoman, who headlines her own title, is a lesbian. Diversity is “the issue for super- hero comics,” Simone told Wired, noting that many of her indus- try’s most recognizable characters were dreamed up half a century ago, when sexuality and gender issues were treated much differently. If writers were to simply build around those characters, “then we look like an episode of  The Andy Griffith Show for all eternity.”

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