Gail Simone takes comic book industry to task on Twitter about lack of LGBTQA heroes

Deputy Entertainment Editor
06.24.15

DC Entertainment

If you read comics, you know Gail Simone. She is one of the most prolific comic book writers of the last ten years. And she doesn”t shy away from shining a light on some of the more questionable industry norms, prodding comics into a more inclusive future. From coining the now universally phrase “Women in Refrigerators” to creating the first transgender character in a contemporary mainstream comic – Alysia Yeoh in BATGIRL – to having a bisexual Catman in SECRET SIX, Simone has done her best to make sure her comics reflect the real life variety of sexual orientation.

Whether you think it”s a gimmick or not, diversity sells. A-FORCE, SPIDER-GWEN, SILK, SAGA, PRINCESS LEIA, THOR, HARLEY QUINN, and more consistently show up in the Top 20 biggest sellers and that doesn”t even include digital copies. Yet there is still a hesitancy from the industry to push boundaries – especially with sexual orientation – and give readers that aren”t cis white men characters they relate to. Gail Simone would like that to change, for decision-makers to trust that readers can find gay superheroes just as believable as sentient robots.

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