Dick Grayson was the ward of Bruce Wayne and some comic books showed them both sleeping in the same bed, which may have insinuated that something was going on between them. Dick was a minor who was thought not to be capable of managing his own affairs, so Bruce served as his guardian. Robin wore a flamboyant costume and he was being raised by a single, older bachelor and back in the day this was not percieved as being inappropriate. In his late teens Little Richard became a member Doctor Nubillo’s traveling show, and he started wearing capes and applying makeup which shocked some of his fans, but it opened up the door for Glam Rock. Hollywood came out with Brokeback Mountain, a story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys and after this, politics and same sex relationships were out of the closet and they would never be the same.
Today it seems like there are new gay characters popping up in comic books all the time. Is this new wave of in your face gay comic characters indoctrinating impressionable young minds into thinking that a gay lifestyle choice is normal and desirable? Gay rights are becoming more and more mainstream, and as the gay lifestyle becomes more acceptable, featuring interesting LGBT characters in comic books has become the new trend. The new cartoon shows are pushing diversity, acceptance, and subconsciously this desensitizes people towards it. Comics have featured social outcasts, mutant heroes and these stories will always exist on the social fringe. In Riverdale Cheryl Blossom is dating Toni Topaz and Kevin Keller kisses his boyfriend Moose, which makes me wonder if we will soon be seeing Archie kissing Jughead, well at least they are not wearing spandex.
DC Comics Legends of Tomorrow features Sara Lance and Ava Sharpe in a romance and Alexandra Danvers Supergirl’s sister has developed a love interest with Detective Maggie Sawyer. Has all of this become too much for anyone else, having gone from being trendy to becoming something that needs to be forced into every comic that I watch? Is this segment of the market now being over-represented? Why are the producers of these new comic shows shoving this down our throats? On Flash Nora West-Allen, nicknamed XS seems to be attracted to women and on Arrow, Oliver Queen’s son William came out as being gay.
My purpose for writing this is not to control what is being shown in the comics and the last time I approached this similar subject for one of Fandango’s Provocative Questions I got a lot of negative feedback, but I do wonder if this is ephemeral or if it is just going to become more plentiful. I do not want to be a referee and get in the middle of this, or tear anyone’s world apart with this post. I am usually very chill and I repress my desires to strike out at others, or to shog anybodies world. Perhaps I am displaying my insipience about the LBGTQ community with this post, as I don’t really understand it. I do understand the allure of being dressed up in drag, as men have been wearing women’s clothing probably as long as human beings have been wearing clothes, because this makes them feel sexy. I never saw the Rocky Horror Picture Show and even though it is dark and outrageous, it looks like a lot of fun.
I am not going through a mid life crisis and I am not ready to trade in my pants for a skirt just yet, because that would not look good on me. I would much rather dress up as a wispy ghost for Halloween and hope that I could collect enough Granny Smith apples to fill a large basin, so I could go bobbing for them. With a bit of luck, I could keep from getting wet, which would make me feel stupid and probably cause me to stutter. I was just thinking about the last apple that I started eating and it contained a beetle and my best friend went on the intercom and told everyone which was real embarrassing.
Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Control, for the Daily Spur prompt – Tear, for FOWC with Fandango – Referee, for Ragtag Community – Ephemeral, for Paula’s Three Things Challenge – Pants beetle intercom, for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Similar and for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Wordle #139 prompts- Chill Ghost Shog Repress Wispy Insipience Stutter Strike Dark Granny Smith Apples Drag Wet.