Comic book characters celebrate the right to be and to love.
Superheroes inspire us to always be better people, who learn to work together for a future of union regardless of our differences. To reinforce that message, this year Marvel and DC Comics have decided to announce initiatives celebrating LGBTQ + Pride month.
The event is celebrated annually in June to remember the great civil rights struggle of the LGBTQ + community that culminated with the Stonewall Rebellion in 1969. Since then, the community has marched annually to reinforce the sense of unity and equality.
Proud to be Marvel
The first Marvel character to be publicly confirmed as a proud member of the LGBTQ + community was the Pole Star in 1992. He also starred in Marvel’s first gay marriage when he declared his love for Kyle Jinadu in 2012 .
It’s no surprise that he was cast to star in an unprecedented story honoring the most memorable moments of LGBTQ + heroes in Marvel’s Voices: Pride # 1.
And he won’t be alone! To show that together we are stronger, the magazine will bring together several heroes and villains who identify as part of the LGBTQ + community, such as Mística and Sina, Nico Minoru and Karolina Dean, Iceman, Daken, Karma, among others .
To end on a high note, Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung will make a triumphant return to write the next chapter of their most popular novel: The Love of Wiccan and Hulkling! This time, no mayor will be able to censor.
Marvel’s Voices: Pride # 1 hits newsstands in the US on July 23.
Proud to be DC Comics
DC Comics, on the other hand, decided not to save any money and announced a series of releases for the month of June (via Deadline). In addition to the DC Pride anthology, we’ll also have the Crush & Lobo miniseries, cover variations for major publications, and new titles from comic book artists awarded for their representativeness work.
You can expect stories about society’s most popular LGBTQ + heroes, such as Batwoman, Renee Montoya, Alan Scott, Midnight, Apollo, Extraño, Poison Ivy, Harlequin, and Constantine in the DC Pride anthology. We will also have dedicated pages to pay homage to the characters from the Arrowverse series.
The anthology will bring a very important moment for fans of the trans community. This will be the comic book debut of transgender superheroine Dreamer, in a story scripted by actress Nicole Maines herself – who plays the character of Supergirl.
Finally, DC Comics will also be releasing several GLAAD-nominated comics for their merit in developing very high-quality LGBTQ + characters – including Suicide Squad: Bad Blood, Poison Ivy: Thorns, and I Am Not Starfire.
DC Pride hits US newsstands on June 8.
Keep a gallery with DC Comics projects for Pride Month: