DC Comics relaunched many of their titles last fall, complete with all new story lines for characters that have existed for decades. The success of that plan can be debated by comic book fans forever, but there’s been talk that DC was going to reveal that a character is gay, and that now has been confirmed.
Alan “Green Lantern” Scott will appear in the June 6th issue of Earth Two as a gay man. In this storyline he won’t “come out”, but in a scene where he meets his boyfriend outside a charter plane (see the panels here) they embrace, kiss and clearly are in love and the issue is shown very matter-of-fact. He will also live in a world where his sexual orientation isn’t an issue for him. Instead as explained by writer James Robinson, “He doesn’t come out in issue two; he is already a gay man. Alan Scott is super-heroic, he’s super gallant, he’ll die for the earth, he’ll die for its people, he’s everything you want in a hero. I imagine he’s such a Type A character that when he realized he was gay, he was like, ‘Okay, I’m gay, now I’m just gonna go on with my life.’ He’s so accepting of it himself and he’s such a compelling person that the world knows Alan Scott’s gay. He’s such a leader, he’s such a good man, that the Justice League don’t care. And that’s a healthy depiction of a team and how it should be.”
Meanwhile over in the Marvel Universe, they too will tackle gay issues when Northstar will marry his long time boyfriend, Kyle Jinadu.