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I AM CONCERNED WE MAY BE MISSING THE “TARGET” WHEN WE DISCUSS THE EMERGENCE OF LGBT CHARACTERS.
It is not a new idea that comic book super heroes have a semi-homoerotic quality to them. Even if they “get the girl” arguments have been made to hint at a sense of homosexual sexual tension in stories.
Not necessarily within the story line itself but with how the characters resonate with their gay readers.
We fast forward to today and we have X-Men characters coming out as gay, Archie characters identifying at asexual and homosexual and there is talk about the possible upcoming Star Wars romance between Poe and Finn.
The same about Star Trek. There was a gay character, Lt. Hawk, that even sat on the bridge of the Enterprise, yet you would have only known this character was gay if you had read the stories. Of course, for the purpose of the movies it was denied he was gay; because mainstream [homophobic] America wouldn’t accept a gay character in such a role.
So for the most part, as soon as a story hits the big screen the sexuality of a character becomes an issue; an underlying theme here, which perhaps is what has created this unique opportunity we are now facing.
So it is becoming more “acceptable” to be gay in today’s Western society and we see characters emerging but what is the true reason for this? What is the goal? Should there even be a goal?
Are we trying to “demystify” homosexuality and if so are we really setting a proper precedent? Hetero-normative behaviour is not a true representation of achieving this.
I remember a time when it was “cool to have a gay friend” like it was some sort of badge of honour or a status symbol. Ya, well I am not cool about that way of thinking.[quote by=”Chuck Wendig”]If you’re upset because I put gay characters and a gay protagonist in the book, I got nothing for you… You’re not the Rebel Alliance. You’re not the good guys. You’re the fucking Empire, man. You’re the shitty, oppressive, totalitarian Empire.
If you can imagine a world where Luke Skywalker would be irritated that there were gay people around him, you completely missed the point of Star Wars.
It’s like trying to picture Jesus kicking lepers in the throat instead of curing them.
Stop being the Empire. Join the Rebel Alliance. We have love and inclusion and great music and cute droids.[/quote]
See here is the thing; I do not see myself as a trophy and I sure do not want anyone else thinking of my as a trophy.
I do not like the idea of a gay character in any story being a novel idea (pardon the pun) or part of a trend. If sexuality is part of what makes that character shine and that sexuality is gay, then great but I am not comfortable with making a character gay just for the sake of making him or her gay.
What is the right reason? Well like I say, if the character’s sexuality contributes to the development of said character and story then by all means do it. All the power to you. Create an “atmosphere” where we just accept the sexuality of the character instead of making it a point or a poster on a stick at some rally.
I would also like to point out that it takes more than just sucking cock to make a character gay and by that I mean; make the character gay not a hetero-normative gay dude that is trying to fit into the ideal of what straight society wants. I do not subscribe to the ideology of “it’s okay to be gay just as long as you [do not act gay] act like us!”
I just wanted to share with you a few resources that in their own way each contributed to the ideas that were floating around in my head and why I wrote this piece. Call it my crock-pot of ideas.
- Ryan Time TV episode 15 – a discussion between Ryan & Richard about gay characters in Star Wars (I was at the live taping; the entire episode will be released in segments)
- Why Straight Men Should Care About Gay Superheroes
- Google+ Discussion in Gay Super Heroes Community
- Civil War’ Directors Say Chances of LGBT Character in Marvel Universe Are “Strong”
- Shawn Ashmore said he wants to play Iceman as Gay in the next XMen movie
Hope you enjoyed the graphic; thought it was too funny to pass up!
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