Anthony wrote me this following my A - Z of LGBTQ+ Themes on Children's Television post last week. I'm always ignoring the world of comics, apparently! Anyway, without further ado...
Midnighter and Apollo
Midnighter and Apollo are seen as WildStorm’s answer to Batman and Superman, including the answer to the question when are Batman and Superman going to just drop their outside underwear and get it on? The couple married in 2002 in The Authority #29.
Wiccan and Hulkling
The ultimate teen couple on the outside: Wiccan and Hulkling are perfect for each other, and even in the face of absolute tragedy, from Hulkling’s adoptive mother being vaporised and Wiccans family issues with the Scarlet Witch as his mother and Magneto as his grandfather (talk about inlaws from hell) the two remain utterly devoted to each other.
This is one of my favourite comics couples of all time. The second Union Jack served in the World War 2 team The Invaders, and then the V battalion where he would meet and fall in love with Roger Aubery (The Destroyer). After WWII Union Jack died, not in some heroic battle, but in a car crash, and 50 years later the Destroyer still mourns, though continues to fight the good fight, whether through leading the V battalion or with the Invaders.
Kate Kane, the modern Batwoman, began operating in Gotham City in Batman's absence following the events of the company-wide crossover Infinite Crisis (2005). The modern Batwoman is written as being of Jewish descent and as a lesbian in an effort by DC editorial staff to diversify its publications, and better connect to modern-day readership. Described as the highest-profile gay superhero to appear in stories published by DC, Batwoman's sexual orientation drew wide media attention following her reintroduction, as well as both praise and criticism from the general public. Batwoman has in the past been romantically involved with the character the Question.
Renee Montoya is initially a detective from the Gotham City Police Department, assigned to the Major Crimes Unit who comes into frequent contact with the masked vigilante, Batman. Over the course of her comic book history, Renee is outed as a lesbian, and later resigns from the police force, disgusted by its corruption. After being trained by the first man to bear the name, Montoya has operated as the Question out of a lighthouse on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
A second Miss America, a Latin-American lesbian teenager named America Chavez served as a member of the predominantly LGBT Young Avengers, America is a great character as she’s feisty and doesn’t take crap from anyone, but she also shows the hardships that people face after coming out, such as losing friends and persecution from past relationships, but she manages to deal with it with great decorum and grace (i.e a balled fist).
Anole's is a sad case, not only is he a mutant, hated and despised for simply existing, he also has the hardship of being gay on top of that, also did I mention being a big green lizard boy. This king of the catfish has had the hardships of being hated for who he is and what he is, but still manages to get on with life.
Jean Paul Beaubier was once an Olympic skier, before gaining the mutant ability of super speed. During a superhero battle Northstar discovers an abandoned baby girl in an alley. Doctors discover that the baby girl is dying of AIDS, having been infected with HIV in the womb. Jean-Paul adopts her and names her Joanne Beaubier, and he and Alpha Flight performed various events to remind the public of AIDS and the dangers of remaining silent about it. Her death weeks later spurs Northstar to publicly acknowledge that he is homosexual, hoping that his role as a gay man and a celebrity will increase media attention on HIV/AIDS safety and prevention. In 2014 Northstar finally tied the knot with his long suffering partner Kevin and the two are still happily married to this day, even with Northstar’s new faculty role at the Jean Grey School.
Martyr and Moondragon
Martyr (Aka Captain Marvel, Aka Quasar) the daughter of the original Captain Marvel and half sister to the aforementioned Hulkling, and Moondragon the daughter of Drax the Destroyer. Against the backdrop of space invading hordes, parasitic techno organisms and insane AI’s this couple face heartache when Moondragon is killed and then ressurected as an actual dragon, only to be killed once again. Before being subsequently to be brought back another time as a human for the two to live together relatively happily ever after.
Mystique is one of those characters that’s hard to pigeon hole in terms of sexuality, as a shape shifter, she certainly brings a new meaning to gender fluidity, and if it advances her cause she’ll sleep with anyone to get what she wants, her longest relationship was the female mutant Irene Adler (Destiny) but she’s also enjoyed relationships with demons, ice people and canadian badger men.
(Dis)Honourable Mention: Hercules
Hercules gets a mention not only for having had an off panel relationship with Northstar, but also for his insentience on teaching Greco Roman wrestling to the students of Avengers Academy in the *ahem* traditional manner.
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