Last week I started off the discussion of LGBT Superheroes because of the new film Black Panther and the colossal response that’s its engendered, due in no small part to representation. Of course it helps that its an outstanding movie too. But people of color are seeing themselves represented in a major motion picture in a way that they’ve never seen before and perhaps never been possible before. Its origin? A comic called Black Panther.
I don’t think you can underestimate the power of seeing yourself represented…in a book, graphic or not, or on a screen, small or large. The above section of a comic book panel belongs to a long running comic book called Life with Archie. Here’s the full cover:
Amazing isn’t it. More and more of the regular comics introduced gay characters or had characters come “out of the closet” in recent years. Anyone remember seeing this Green Lantern panel?
And while the “mainstream” comics have been busy, so have many Quiltbag authors for writing LGBT superhero books and graphic novels. Yes, it turns out there is a burgeoning niche and demand here. We want to see gay superheroes too!
Some of the ones I love?
Here are some of the wonderful Gay Superhero Recommendations from all of you:
Here are some that I found:
KIM & KIM https://www.comixology.com/Kim-Kim-1/digital-comic/396452
MIDNIGHTER & APOLLO https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midnighter_and_Apollo
AMERICA CHAVEZ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miss_America_(America_Chavez)
And here’s one that I read. It is not quite traditional superheroes, but the kids do battle bad things with magic. MAGIC BOY BASIL https://magicalboybasil.com
From Purple Reader:
Oh boy, now we’re talkin’! I’ll be seeing BP this week, and now you are stoking my love of superheroes even more. I’m looking forward to see what others rec. There’s some fanfic that is decent, as well, as well as gay sidekicks (and then there’s separating out paranormal powers from superhero stories), but here are ones with gay MCs that I’ve read and enjoyed over the years:
– QUEEROES by Bereznai – light-hearted look at gay teens w/ powers. My first such story – me: “What?! There are gay superheroes?!” *faints*.
– HERO by Moore – misfit group of teen superheroes.
– MASKS series by Thorne – another team of YA superheros, still enjoyable.
– BROKEN HEROS series by Perdita – now how about some college superheroes.
– FIERCE by Rosen – or a nerdy college freshman.
– PANOPOLIS series by Cari Z – creative take that has you rooting for the villain.
– WAYNE OF GOTHAM by Hickman – Not the best, but decent for me – it’s a gay Dark Knight after all.
– KING CAGE series by Mike Stop Continues – new & offbeat; urban graffiti superhero.
I think Roan and Holden from “INFECTED” series by Andrea Speed to be LGBTQ superheroes :). I admit I don’t follow comic. Not my cup of tea. So I don’t know much about LGBTQ superhero in comic unless they’re being turned into movie
Deadpool is pansexual. His kiss in 2009 with gay superhero Rictor was the first same-sex kiss in a mainstream Marvel comic. The movie Deadpool 2 will feature a bisexual and polyamorous superhero!
I love this thread and our recommendations and Giveaway continues until March 3rd!
It’s our LGBTQIA Superhero Hunt Giveaway!
Find stories and LGBTQIA Superheroes! We will give you all the entire month that’s left. Must be superhero stories, can be graphic novels (comics). Giveaway ends March 3 at midnight. Gift certificates will be given away! Must be 18 years of age or older. Let the hunt begin!
And the winner of our Valentine’s Day Giveaway is announced at the very end of today’s blog. Don’t miss it!
LGBTQIA Superhero Lists You May Not Be Aware Of!
- Queer Superheroes! (160 books) – Goodreads
- Fave Five: LGBTQ YA Superhero Novels | LGBTQ Reads
- Gay Superhero books – Amazon.com
- 35 Comic Book Titles Doing Right by LGBT Fans | Comicosity
- 10 LGBT Graphic Novels & Comics to Add to Your Reading List – Pride
This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
Sunday, February 25:
- Perfect by Felice Stevens Release Day Blitz
- RELEASE BLITZ for Captive Hearts (Deviant Hearts #1) by A E Ryecart LILY RECEIVED (2 emails)
- Gay Superheroes and This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
Monday, February 26:
- Bite Me by Beth Bolden BLOG TOUR
- Blog Post- Katze Snow – Demons & Wolves Series
- Release Blitz – Closets Are For Clothes – Addison Albright
- RELEASE BLITZ FORSAKEN by J.R. Gray
- A Lila Audiobook Review: Off the Beaten Path by Cari Z. and Jack Wesley (Narrator)
- A Stella Review: Bite Me by Beth Bolden
- An Alisa Review: Alpha Dragon: Bronaz by Kellan Larkin and Kaz Crowley
Tuesday, February 27:
- RIPTIDE TOUR Where Death Meets the Devil by LJ Hayward
- Release Blitz – Bitten By The Alpha (Regent’s Park Pack #4) by Annabelle Jacobs
- NDIGO BLITZ A Matter of Justice by J.C. Long
- A Free Dreamer Release Day Review: Exodus ( Heaven Corp #2) by CC Bridges
- A MelanieM PreRelease Review: Apocalypse Alley (Blue Unicorn #2) by Don Allmon
- An Alisa Audiobook Review: Camp H.O.W.L. by Bru Baker and Dorian Bane
Wednesday, February 28:
- BLOG TOUR FORSAKEN by J.R. Gray
- DSP Publications Promo Sean Michael
- Release Blitz RJ Scott – Winter Cowboy
- A MelanieM Audiobook Review: Runner by Parker Williams and Patrick Zeller (Narrator)
- A Stella Review :New Heights by Quinn Anderson
- An Alisa Review: Say Cheese by Michael P. Thomas
Thursday, March 1:
- Release Blitz – Room For Recovery – DJ Jamison
- DSP Publications Promo Chris E. Saros
- BLOG TOUR Found (Hamilton’s Heroes #1) by Annabella Michaels
- A Free Dreamer Review: Celestia by J.D Evergreen
- An Stella Release Day Review: Touch by Remmy Duchene
Friday, March 2:
- Review Tour – Jay Northcote – Pretty In Pink S
- DSP GUEST POST BG Thomas
- Hurri Cosmo – Ghost Wolf – Virtual Book Tour
- Riptide Tour and Giveaway: Apocalypse Alley by Don Allmon
- A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review : Pretty In Pink by Jay Northcote
- A MelanieM Review: Where Death Meets the Devil by LJ Hayward
- An Alisa Release Day Review: Touch by Remmy Duchene
Saturday, March 3:
- Ever After by Riley Hart & Christina Lee Release Day Blitz
- Release Blitz CLOSER by F.E. Feeley Jr.