National Coming Out Day is observed on October 11 to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
“We didn’t want this to be ‘DC Comics creates new queer Superman’,” Taylor said. “We want this to be ‘Superman finds himself, becomes Superman and then comes out,’ and I think that’s a really important distinction there.”
I’ve always said everyone needs heroes and everyone deserves to see themselves in their heroes. Today,
, the strongest superhero on the planet, comes out as bisexual. I chatted to at the about what’s coming for Jon Kent.
— Tom Taylor (@TomTaylorMade)
Reactions have been mostly positive, Taylor said.
“I’m seeing tweets of people saying they burst into tears when they read the news, that they wished that Superman was this when they were growing up, that they could see themselves,” he added.
“People are saying for the first time ever they’re seeing themselves in Superman – something they never thought was possible.”
Jon Kent cares about climate crisis and refugees.
“He is as powerful as hope, faster than fate and able to lift us all and he’s a very new hero finding his way, fighting things his father didn’t as much,” Taylor said, who wants this to be the new normal.
“I hope this isn’t a headline in a few years time. I hope this isn’t trending on Twitter. I hope this just something about a person and good rep for everybody that that represents.”
The coming out of America’s most famous superhero comes as more comic books embrace diversity.
In March, Marvel Comics announced its first gay Captain America and “Aquaman” introduced a black, gay superhero earlier this summer.
The latest Robin in the Batman comics came out as bisexual in August.
While the new Superman is not the first LGBTQ comic book character, he is arguably the most recognisable.
“Nowadays, we live in a less closeted age. That’s an absolute good,” said Ben Saunders, director of comics and cartoon studies at the University of Oregon.
“One consequence might be that the mainstream culture has caught on to what some people have known all along: superheroes have always been, at least potentially, a bit queer,” said.
Additional reporting by Tribune News Service and Agence France-Presse