A quick thread about #Superman coming out as bisexual. As a general rule it annoys me that people who know nothing about comics drive discourse about a format they haven't read in 20 years but people are shocked or supportive - I'm cautiously optimistic
Jon Kent is Clark Kent's son from various merged realities & the potential future superman. This matters because while introducing new characters with queer identities is good its not as bold as having established characters come out *Ahem* Wonder Woman
The X-Man Ice-Man coming out after 50 years was a MUCH bigger deal and it forced bigots to reconsider just how "stable" sexuality is since Bobby dated alot in the 80s and 90s X-Books
But anyone who's shocked or angered by this, besides being a bigot, really hasn't been paying attention to comics in 20 years. Apollo & Midnighter are a gay couple and were intended as a clear homage to Batman and Superman. They've been out and proud since 1998!
The Tim Drake version of Robin came out as Bi-Sexual a few months ago. Again, points for progress but he's basically the "Lost" Robin so this move seemed safe rather than bold like Ice-Man or potentially Wonder Woman. Drake's been sidelined by the other Robins for years
Aqualad, Jackson Hyde is LGBTQ - And was the first openly queer comic character in a DC cartoon
And the "potential" future Justice League features a majority queer team. Green Lantern (Sojourner Mullien) and Superman (Jon Kent) are bisexual, Flash (Jess Quick) is non-binary, and Aqua-girl is queer. So again, anyone complaining isnt reading comics #NationalComingOutDay
I generally applaud any attempt to make comics or art look like the world we live in or the readership. But just like a Black Superman or Woman Dr. Who gender or sexuality bending doesn't automatically make a comic representative. That requires knowledgeable writers and editors

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