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“Batwoman” Writers Quit After DC Comics Says No to Wedding

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Batwoman ProposalThe writers of the new Batwoman comic are quitting after DC Comics stepped in to block a number of planned storylines, including a wedding to the character’s female partner.

Towleroad.com reports:

Unfortunately, in recent months, DC has asked us to alter or completely discard many long-standing storylines in ways that we feel compromise the character and the series. We were told to ditch plans for Killer Croc’s origins; forced to drastically alter the original ending of our current arc, which would have defined Batwoman’s heroic future in bold new ways; and, most crushingly, prohibited from ever showing Kate and Maggie actually getting married. All of these editorial decisions came at the last minute, and always after a year or more of planning and plotting on our end. We’ve always understood that, as much as we love the character, Batwoman ultimately belongs to DC. However, the eleventh-hour nature of these changes left us frustrated and angry — because they prevent us from telling the best stories we can. So, after a lot of soul-searching, we’ve decided to leave the book after Issue 26.

The characters were engaged in the comic several months ago. The coauthors clarified by tweet: “Not wanting to be inflammatory, only factual- We fought to get them engaged, but were told emphatically no marriage can result…But must clarify- was never put to us as being anti-gay marriage.”

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DC Comics Introduces Transgender Character

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

6a00d8341c730253ef017c3886d8c1970b-500wiDC Comics is introducing a transgender character to its Batgirl comic. Towleroad.com reports:

DC Comics this week announced the introduction of Alysia Yeoh in Batgirl #16, who announces she is transgender in a conversation with her roommate Barbara Gordon (aka Batgirl), Wired reports: Taking care to distinguish Yeoh’s sexual orientation from her gender identity, Batgirl writer Gail Simone noted that the character is also bisexual. Simone attributed the inspiration for the character to a conversation she had with fellow comic book writer Greg Rucka several years ago at the Wondercon convention, after a fan asked why there were fewer gay male superheroes than lesbian ones. Rucka, who co-created (and rebooted) Batwoman as a lesbian character, replied that it would be a real sign of change for a gay male character to appear on a comic book cover — and an even bigger step for a transgender character to do the same.

Inclusion often starts in pop-culture, so this is a great step in recognition of our transgender brothers and sisters.

Batwoman Proposes to Girlfriend

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Batwoman ProposalAnother comic book star is making the leap into marriage equality bliss. In issue 17, Batwoman is proposing to her girlfriend, Comicbook.com reports:

Given the hype that comic book companies have put behind issues that feature gay marriage proposals and gay weddings recently, it’s surprising that DC Comics has done rather little publicity around Batwoman #17. The issue, which arrives in comic book stores today and is already available digitally, features Batwoman proposing to her girlfriend Maggie Sawyer.

We’ve been here before with Northstar and Green Lantern and that guy from the Archie comics, but it’s always nice to see another comic book hero join the same-sex married ranks.