LGBT Spotlight: Wonder Woman

It was only this year that Greg Rucka finally admitted that Wonder Woman was bisexual, but Diana has been an LGBT superhero for years, she just wasn’t “out.”

Wonder Woman’s canonized queer identity is a monumental step DC is making towards LGBT representation. She’s one of the Big Three and has the power, experience, and skills besting both Batman and Superman on several different occasions. But if you don’t follow the comics, you might not know much about who she is. So gaymer base is diving deep into the comic book vaults and telling you everything you need to know about this Amazon Princess.

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Diana of Themyscira has many different aliases, Goddess of Truth, Princess of the Amazons, and Wonder Woman. Her mother is Hippolyta, who was bestowed life by Greek gods and made of clay. She trains the Amazons the skills of a warrior but teaches them love and peace.

Although she’s had many rewrites and undergone a few changes over the past few years she is usually depicted as the princess of the Amazons. She was raised with a race of women who live free of men on Paradise Island (Themyscira), until Steve Trevor, an American pilot, crashes onto the island. The Amazons have a contest to determine who will take him back to the man’s world and act as an ambassador and diplomat for their people. As the story progresses Wonder Woman falls in love with him and journeys to the man’s world on a mission of peace and diplomacy.

In the New 52 reboot, written by Brian Azzarello, she is the daughter of Hippolyta and Zeus, making her a demigoddess. Unknown to her, she has a twin brother named Jason. She has now become romantically involved with Superman.

has been training with Ares, the god of war, before rebelling against him. She finds her way to the man’s world and befriends Barbara Minerva.

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Diana’s Queer Lifestyle

Diana of Themyscira lived on Paradise Island, a civilization of only women is so far removed from the heterosexual constructs most superheroes in the DC universe are born and raised in. Even in the New 52, the women procreate with sailors only to murder them after becoming pregnant.

During an interview with Comicosity, Greg Rucka, went on to explain Diana’s lifestyle.

I think it’s more complicated though. This is inherently the problem with Diana: We’ve had a long history of people — for a variety of reasons, including sometimes pure titillation, which I think is the worst reason — say, “Ooo. Look. It’s the Amazons. They’re gay!”

And when you start to think about giving the concept of Themyscira its due, the answer is, “How can they not all be in same-sex relationships?” Right? It makes no logical sense otherwise. It’s supposed to be paradise. You’re supposed to be able to live happily. You’re supposed to be able — in a context where one can live happily, and part of what an individual needs for that happiness is to have a partner — to have a fulfilling, romantic and sexual relationship. And the only options are women.

But an Amazon doesn’t look at another Amazon and say, “You’re gay.” They don’t. The concept doesn’t exist.Now, are we saying Diana has been in love and had relationships with other women? As Nicola and I approach it, the answer is obviously yes.

Now, are we saying Diana has been in love and had relationships with other women? As Nicola and I approach it, the answer is obviously yes. And it needs to be yes for a number of reasons. But perhaps foremost among them is, if no, then she leaves

And it needs to be yes for a number of reasons. But perhaps foremost among them is, if no, then she leaves Paradise only because of a potential romantic relationship with Steve [Trevor]. And that diminishes her character. It would hurt the character and take away her heroism.When we talk about

When we talk about the agency of characters in 2016, Diana deciding to leave her home forever — which is what she believes she’s doing — if she does that because she’s fallen for a guy, I believe that diminishes her heroism.She doesn’t leave because of Steve. She leaves because she wants to see the world and somebody must go and do this thing. And she has resolved it must be her to make this sacrifice.

She doesn’t leave because of Steve. She leaves because she wants to see the world and somebody must go and do this thing. And she has resolved it must be her to make this sacrifice.So, it’s a thorny question. And I understand as best as I can the desire to see representation on the page. I don’t object to that at all. But my job first and foremost is always to serve the characters as best I can.

So, it’s a thorny question. And I understand as best as I can the desire to see representation on the page. I don’t object to that at all. But my job first and foremost is always to serve the characters as best I can.For me, all other questions aside — and there are many legitimate reasons to ask the question — the answer first and foremost must be yes, because

For me, all other questions aside — and there are many legitimate reasons to ask the question — the answer first and foremost must be yes, because otherwise it takes away from Diana’s heroism.

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In 2016, Sensation Comics (Issue #48), Wonder Woman using her Lasso of Truth to officiating a same-sex wedding in New York City. Afterward, Superman asked her about why he officiated the wedding and was a supporter of same-sex marriage, to which she replied, “Clark, my country is all women. To us, it’s not ‘gay’ marriage. It’s just marriage.”

This was inspired by the June Supreme Court ruling that established marriage equality in all 50 United States. Jason Badower told  The Sydney Morning Herald,  “Diana’s mother, the queen, at the very least authorized or in some cases officiated these weddings,” Badower says. “It just seems more like a royal duty Diana would take on, that she would do for people that would appreciate it.”

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While the comic book version of Wonder Woman may be bisexual, we’ll see how Hollywood deals with her queer sexuality. Films have had a bad record of heteronormalizing their comic book characters. Mystique in X-Men, Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad.

Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot reacted positively to Diana’s rebooted orientation and agreed her sexuality was impacted by growing up in the women-only Themyscira in an interview with Variety.

“It’s not something we’ve explored. It never came to the table, but when you talk theoretically about all the women on Themyscira and how many years she was there, then what he said makes sense. In this movie she does not experience any bisexual relationships. But it’s not about that. She’s a woman who loves people for who they are. She can be bisexual. She loves people for their hearts.”

The superhero genre is a huge and powerful force now in films and television series. So no Amazon on Amazon love but we can only hope that one day it will happen.

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