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In the past year we’ve cheered on the introduction of groundbreaking openly gay and lesbian superheroes, including Batwoman, Northstar and Green Lantern Alan Scott. We’ve even seen them get married.
This week, DC Comics raised the bar on LGBT inclusion in the comic book universe yet again by introducing the first reality-based transgender character in a mainstream series.
Alysia Yeoh is the roommate of Batgirl Barbara Gordon in DC’s relaunched Batgirl series. In the newly-released Batgirl #19, Alysia – who is also bisexual – comes out to Barbara as a transgender woman. Click the image below to enlarge.
Other DC and Marvel comic book characters have achieved gender-fluidity through shape-shifting and other magical means, but writer Gail Simone tells Wired, “I wanted to have trans characters who aren’t fantasy-based,” noting that Alysia will be a “a character, not a public service announcement… being trans is just part of her story.”
Simone hints that she’s working on a transgender character for another comic and would like to see a trans character take center stage. “It’s time for a trans hero in a mainstream comic.”
Image courtesy of DC Comics