LGBTQ representation in DC Entertainment has grown increasingly more prominent over the years and it has not gone unrecognized.
The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) announced that DC’s “commitment to showcasing diverse storylines” has won them the honor of receiving the company’s Visionary Award on October 20 at the 2017 GLSEN Respect Awards.
In their announcement, they singled out Batwoman, the first lesbian superhero, as well as Alysia Yeoh, the first major trans character in mainstream comics. The release also touched on other DC characters such as Midnighter, Catwoman, and Renee Montoya.
GLSEN executive director Eliza Byard made a statement, saying,
“GLSEN is excited to honor DC Entertainment with the Visionary Award for their impact and innovation. Superheroes hold an incredibly powerful place in our popular culture. Equally powerful is for LGBTQ youth to see themselves in our world, and DC enables just that. DC’s commitment to representing LGBTQ characters in all forms of media is both incredibly important and empowering.”
President of DC Entertainment, Diane Nelson, also made a statement on behalf of DC, praising their commitment to diversifying the comic industry.
“At DC, we are committed to telling stories that reflect and inspire our diverse audience and we look forward to celebrating with the LGBTQ students and activists from across the country.”
The GLSEN Respect Awards started in 2004 and aimed to showcase role models that impact lives of LGBTQ and since 1990, GLSEN has created safe and inclusive K-12 schools in the United States.
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