When a new DC Comics comic book comes out, the main character will as well. Wednesday’s issue of “Earth 2” depicts the Green Lantern passionately kissing his boyfriend.
“He’s very much the character he was. He’s still the pinnacle of bravery and idealism. He’s also gay,” said writer James Robinson.
The Green Lantern made his first appearance in July 1940. Alan Scott, the man behind the mask, is portrayed as a younger man in the upcoming series — too young to have a son, as he does in other issues.
“By making him younger, that son was not going to exist anymore,” Robinson said. So Robinson thought it would be a perfect opportunity to make the Green Lantern gay.
Previously, the Green Lantern had a gay son who was also a superhero, Obsidian. Robertson is responsible for the creation of that character as well. Obsidian was featured in the first gay kiss in comic books in 1998.
“He’s fearless and he’s honest to the point where he realized he was gay and he said `I’m gay,'” Robinson noted, referring to the new Green Lantern.
LGBT groups believe gay superheroes will empower gay youths.
“Today’s LGBT young people can see gay characters in comics, movies and many TV shows who show them that they too can grow up to be parents, leaders, or even superheroes,” said GLAAD spokesman Rich Ferraro.