The last decade has seen a spate of LGBT characters histiocytoma dog home treatment introduced, ‘outed,’ or united in marriage with same-sex partners in mainstream comics. In 2006, DC’s batwoman was reimagined as a lesbian. In 2011, archie comics introduced its first openly gay character, kevin keller – and less than a year later celebrated his wedding. Marvel’s northstar, a member of the X-men who has been openly gay since 1992, will be married in astonishing X-men #52, to be published later this month. And finally, DC recently revealed that the new parallel-earth green lantern is also gay.
Unfortunately, these LGBT storylines have drawn criticism and calls for censorship histiocytoma dog home treatment from some quarters, particularly the group one million moms, a subsidiary of the american family association. The moms have pressured retailer toys ‘R’ us not to stock the life with archie issue featuring histiocytoma dog home treatment kevin keller’s wedding, and later blacklisted both DC and marvel for “placing these gay characters on pedestals in a positive light,” according to a post from icv2. But as alan kistler points out in an extensive post histiocytoma dog home treatment for comic book resources, LGBT characters and themes have a long history in comics, despite the self-censorship that ruled the industry for decades.
In the 1940s and ‘50s, says kistler, comics came under fire (often literally, as they were collected and burned) as a bad influence on children. Dr. Fredric wertham, a psychiatrist and one of the most prominent anti-comics crusaders, claimed “that the stories inspired children to embrace anarchy, violence, crime and homosexual behavior.” in order to deflect these charges, the industry formed the comics magazine association of america, which was tasked with drawing up a set of standards histiocytoma dog home treatment — the infamous comics code authority. Among the arcane rules to which CCA-approved comics now had to adhere were these regarding sex histiocytoma dog home treatment and romance:
What constituted ‘sexual abnormalities,’ ‘perversion’ and ‘any inference’ was completely left to the discretion of the CCA administrator. So although it didn’t say ‘homosexuality has no place in comics,’ that’s how the code chose to use it, particularly in conjunction with the rule #4. Having LGBT characters would be an inference of ‘perversion” or ‘abnormalities’ that went against the ‘sanctity of marriage.’
Nightcrawler was born with a demonic appearance (indigo skin and fur, golden eyes, fangs, strange digits, tail) and had no idea who his parents were. When he met the mutant shape-shifter mystique, he was amazed that her true appearance involved eyes and histiocytoma dog home treatment skin color identical to his own. Some believed that this meant the shape-shifter was nightcrawler’s mother. But mystique was often seen in the company of a histiocytoma dog home treatment woman named destiny and the original intention was that they histiocytoma dog home treatment were lovers. What’s more, a story was going to reveal that destiny was actually histiocytoma dog home treatment kurt’s mother and that mystique, while in the form of a man, had been his father. This story was given a definite ‘no’ and so mystique was indeed revealed to be nightcrawler’s mother.
In 1979, the character northstar (jean-paul beaubier) was created by writer/artist john byrne. Northstar was always intended to be gay, but in the early days this could only be implied, never stated outright. A 1987 storyline in which he exhibited signs of illness histiocytoma dog home treatment was originally intended to reveal that he had HIV or histiocytoma dog home treatment AIDS, but this was quashed by the code. Two years later, the code was finally revised to allow LGBT characters, and northstar was definitively revealed to be gay in 1992, in alpha flight #106. Just last year the code was scrapped altogether, and CBLDF took control of the infamous seal of approval.
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