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The headline in Gizmodo sums up the latest comic books news nicely: “DC’s Batman Family Just Got a Little More Queer.”
It’s the latest in a number of superheroes that have been turned into propagandists for the LGBTQ movement — think Lesbian Batwoman.
“My goal in writing has been and will always be to show just how much God loves you. You are so incredibly loved and important and seen,” writer Meghan Fitzmartin tweeted on Aug. 10, tied to the reveal. “Forever grateful to be trusted with Tim Drake and his story and honored to work with the amazingly talented [artist Belén Ortega] and [colorist Alejandro Sánchez].”
The series shows the character Tim Drake agreeing to go on a date with a man. After having “a lightbulb moment” and reflecting on not knowing what he wants “until right now,”
Tim visits the house of Bernard Dowd, an old friend he’d met for dinner before having to suit up as Robin to take care of a villain.
“I’m really glad you got home okay. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking, about that night, and I — I don’t know what it meant to me. Not yet. But I’d like to figure it out,” Tim says about their dinner. “I was hoping you would. Tim Drake…do you want to go on a date with me?” Bernard asks. “Yeah… Yeah, I think I want that,” Tim replies.
Fans have long buzzed about Robin — who’s previously dated women — being gay, and many are ecstatic with this DC plot twist, TMZ reported.
One fan wrote, “Crazy thing, I saw Tim DRAKE coming out, years ago.. congrats to DC for making it a reality.”
Tim’s queerness can and should be an important aspect of his identity that he embraces because it’s part of who he is, Gizmodo reported.
And the LGBT mob is not quite finished with turning superheroes gay.
In a 2015 interview with The New York Times, Andrew Wheeler, who is the editor in chief of Comics Alliance, called for more LGBTQ superheroes, People magazine recounted.
“Every character has to carry the weight of everyone’s expectations, because there just aren’t enough characters to represent a diverse range of desires and experiences,” he wrote, per the Times. “We need to get from some to enough. And really, we’ll know we’ve achieved success when Captain America can have a boyfriend, and Wonder Woman can have a girlfriend. For queer representation in superhero comics, that’s what success looks like.”
It's SO well written, I and a lot of LGBTQ+ people can relate to having the "lightbulb moment" mentioned here pic.twitter.com/BJCMq5BbW2— Neb | ?️? (@NebsGoodTakes) August 10, 2021