Mainstream cinema and TV are lagging way behind comic books in terms of positive representation of lesbian and bi women. We’ll tell you about some important lesbian and bi heroes in comics.
Kate Kane (Batwoman) joined the military academy, following in her father’s footsteps. After coming out, she was discharged. From that moment, her life was a nightmare until she met Batman, who encouraged her to become a vigilante and, in essence, become Batwoman. Kate Kane is a reminder that we can always be stronger no matter what struggles we’ve faced.
Maggie Sawyer has appeared in comics ever since 1987. Her earliest stories were about how her orientation affected her job as a Metropolis police officer and her family. Despite facing major setbacks, she never lied about being a lesbian. Maggie was the main character in the Special Crimes Unit, a four part comic that was published in the 90s. Special Crimes Unit was actually the first comic with a lesbian lead by a major publisher.
This may not have been reflected on the big screen, but the real Wonder Woman was a lesbian and an icon to bi and gay women for many years. There were no men on the island where Diana grew up, so being gay was an obvious result. Wonder Woman introduced Kasia, a female love interest, last year, which was a clear sign of her bisexuality to fans. Comics don’t acknowledge her orientation as much as they probably should, but she’s an important and emblematic character who is an inspiration to gay, straight, and bi women across the world.
At first, this character was created for the Animated Series of Batman in 1992. That same year, DC expanded her appearance in comics. She was outed as gay to her colleagues in 2003’s Gotham Central, which was one of her most impactful plots in history. This was a painful time for Renee Montoya, but she coped with it and became stronger and more resilient as a result.
Years later, Renee became a superhero in Gotham City named The Question. Whether she’s operating as a detective or vigilante, she has never stopped influencing her myriad of fans.
There are many more bi and lesbian superheroes in comics. Thankfully, they’ll make it on the silver screen soon, where they can reach a bigger audience!