Superman is to be outed on November 9th when he shares a kiss with another male character. Is nothing sacred any longer?
Well, some things are still sacred: anything that deals with gods. From Oxford:
SACRED (Adjective): Connected with God (or the gods) or dedicated to a religious purpose and so deserving veneration.
Superman was never sacred. Nor should he be considered sacred.
Before you get your red and blue tights into a wad, the Superman who will be coming out as gay is not the "Clark Kent" Superman. Clark married Lois Lane and they had a son who, until this upcoming issue, has been known as Superboy.
From what I am reading on NPR, it appears that the storyline has the original Superman, Clark Kent, going on a space mission and, in his absence, Superboy will become Superman.
And the "new" Superman will kiss another man (oh, the horror!).
Why didn't we know that Superboy would become gay (or maybe bisexual)? Well, let's start with the fact that there are people with whom we interact on a daily basis who might, too, be gay, it's just that we don't know. Do you know what every one of your friends/coworkers does on his or her own time? No, we don't and, basically, it's none of our business.
I will take this "scandal" one step further by saying that I am glad a comic book is causing a stir by making another popular character gay or bisexual (remember: Batman's "Robin" was outed a while back). I have several friends (even a few family members) who have had to hide their true identity because of the backlash they would have or actually DID receive if/when they ever came out.
I feel that too many people are having to play the "Clark Kent/Superman" game with their REAL lives: hiding who they are during the day and only letting their real identity out with people they can trust.
Today happens to be National Coming Out Day, so it's no coincidence, I feel, that the story is making a splash today. And for those of you who are not yet out because of the negative reaction you'll receive from friends, family, coworkers, and other Holier-Than-Thou people, take Ellen's advice to heart:
It's hard to imagine that still, in 2021, people get ridiculed, discriminated against, excluded, and, in some places, killed for being gay.
It's time that we, as a society, learn to live and let live. Someone else's sexual preference will not hurt you.
If the creators of Superman want to create a gay/bisexual Superman, I applaud them. Those who don't like it can choose to not buy the comic books that allow Superboy to be himself; I just hope you don't teach your children to look down on members of the LGBQ community. It's time to break the cycle.
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