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5 Awesome LGBT Superheroes Part Two

Posted on: May 1, 2015

*I recently started writing about some of my favorite LGBT superheroes and may have gotten a little carried away. Okay, a lot carried away. So, I’ve decided to split this blog into two parts. I hope you enjoy it!

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Awesome LGBT Superheroes

We currently live in an age of revival for superheroes. From the widely popular Christopher Nolan Batman movies, to installment after installment in the captivating Marvel Cinematic Universe, superheroes and comic books are becoming more popular in the mainstream.

Unlike the Silver Age of comics that many think of when they think of comic books, comic books are becoming much better in terms of inclusivity, adding women, people of color, and LGBT characters to their stories with higher frequency—and writing them as fully fleshed-out characters as well, instead of crude stereotypes.

Inspired by Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron’s impending release in theaters across the US, let’s dive in and learn about 2 more LGBT comic book superheroes, in order of appearance.

Miss America (America Chavez)

First appearance: Vengence #1, July 2011

Much like with Batwoman, Miss America has a long history before becoming an LGBT character. Miss America’s first appearance occurred in November of 1943 in Marvel Mystery Comics #49. Madeline Joyce, Miss America’s alter ego, was straight and even married

However, that all changed in 2011 when Marvel announced a new Miss America, a Latina teenager named America Chaves. Among her powers are super strength, durability, and the power of flight. In Vengeance #15, she revealed offhandedly to the team that she in not heterosexual, and even writes off her one-time kiss with the male teen superhero Ultimate Nullifier as experimentation.

Bunker

First appearance: Teen Titans vol. 4 #1, November 2011

Bunker, whose alter ego is Miguel Jose Barragan, first appeared in volume 4 of Teen Titans as part of the DC Comics relaunch The New 52. Bunker has the ability to create energy constructs with his mind, often choosing to create brick-like walls and pummeling fists. He can use these as platforms to levitate him and his allies.

What is unique about Bunker is that he never hid or downplayed his homosexuality. For a time, this caused some fans to view Bunker as a stereotype, though he has since become a more developed and well-rounded character.

Who is your favorite superhero, real or fictional? Let us know in the comments section below!

 

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