The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Entertainment Network (GLSEN) announced that they’re awarding this year’s Visionary Award to DC Comics October 20th at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, citing the publisher’s “commitment to showcasing diverse storylines.”
GLSEN’s support of LGBTQ issues in K-12 education since 1990. With ground-breaking original research, innovative program development, student leadership and educator training, community organizing, and targeted state and federal advocacy, GLSEN’s work with the development of educational resources, direct engagement of youth and educators, and national programs like GLSEN’s Day of Silence, GLSEN’s No Name-Calling Week, and GLSEN’s Ally Week.
Executive Director, Eliza Bayard, stated:
Superheroes hold an incredibly powerful place in our popular culture. Equally powerful is for LGBTQ youth to see themselves in our world, and DC enables just that. DC’s commitment to representing LGBTQ characters in all forms of media is both incredibly important and empowering.
GLSEN noted Batwoman, a lesbian in a comic lead with her best friend, Alysia Yeoh, a trans character in lauding DC’s accomplishments in this area. Diane Nelson accepted the award and said, “At DC, we are committed to telling stories that reflect and inspire our diverse audience and we look forward to celebrating with the LGBTQ students and activists from across the country.”
Other notables include Midnighter, Catwoman, and Renee Montoya. DC TV shows that feature LGBTQ characters include Supergirl, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and Gotham.
In Gotham, Oswald Cobblepot (The Penguin) realized he was in love with fellow villain Edward Nygma (The Riddler). The actor who plays The Penguin, Robin Lord Taylor, pushed back against fans displeased with the character’s sexuality.
Other LGBT characters in live-action DC shows include Sara Lance “White Canary,” Nyssa Al Ghul and Curtis Holt (Mister Terrific) of The Arrow and DC Legends of Tomorrow series.