Green Lantern Alan Scott Is Gay — And A Good Kisser

Fri, June 1, 2012 9:30am EST by 8 Comments
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Behold the first same-sex kiss between the newly rebooted (and newly outed) superhero and his boyfriend.

He may not be getting his own People magazine cover declaring it to the world, but Alan Scott (AKA the Green Lantern) is officially coming out of the closet. The DC Comics staple, who was first introduced in 1940 as a husband and father, gives his boyfriend a big ol’ kiss in next week’s Earth 2 comic, being released next week — and the comic-book giant approved author James Robinson‘s character-altering decision “without hesitation.”

“He’s very much the character he was,” James tells the New York Post. “He’s still the pinnacle of bravery and idealism. He’s also gay.”

Interestingly enough, Alan’s son Obsidian was gay, but the rebooting of Alan’s character as a young man means erasing the existence of Alan’s children altogether.

“So I thought, ‘Why not make Alan Scott gay?'” James says. “That was the seed that started it.”

Hopefully, Alan’s courage will inspire other superheroes to come out. (Here’s lookin’ at you, Robin!)

What’s YOUR take on Alan’s sexuality? Are you surprised at DC’s choice, or do you think it’s about time a major superhero decided to show his true colors? Vote below:

— Andy Swift

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Posted at 2:19 AM on December 20, 2012  


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Jason Leong Shang Ming

Posted at 12:08 AM on August 12, 2012  

I’m actually really really annoyed and angry with this turn of events.

DC does not realise something: this change of theirs is actually UNDERMINING gay rights policies and INCREASING homophobia, instead of being something positive.

Why? Because gays have made the statement that “YOU ARE BORN GAY OR STRAIGHT, it’s not that you were born straight and then became gay due to whatever illness or radiation or bad upbringing etc etc.”

In essence, DC has taken a heterosexual with a happy marraige and kids, and they have hit him with the reboot bomb, which had the side effect of turning him from a straight man into a gay man.

HELLO. Do you know what one of the main causes of homophobia is? Well, aside from natural bigotry, some straight men are afraid of being “infected” or “influenced” or basically there’s some weird fear that some other guy’s alternate sexuality will affect their own in some manner.

DC, if you want to have a gay comic character, PLEASE have him gay from his conception. I would have been quite happy if you had a character who you initially decided would be gay but he would come out of the closet and you would have left hints along the way and the fans would go “ah! I should have seen it coming! It all makes sense!”

But look at the public reaction. So many people are calling it “alan scott coming out of the closet” or “alan scott changed into a gay man” or whatever. In other words, alan scott has simply been established as straight for too long. He was NOT gay when he was “born” or first created by his author or artist. EVERYONE recognises what DC has done is they took a straight hero and turned him gay.

And that’s not something good, from whatever angle.

Please *DO* introduce more gay and lesbian characters into the DC universe. I think it’s great having them around, and in fact I feel that based on the large % of the population that is gay, I think that you could introduce QUITE a lot more in order to make the % of gay heros more similiar to the % of gays in the real world.

But PLEASE do not take any more straight characters and turn them gay.

As a counterexample, think of how much fuss the gay community would make if you took an established gay character and turned him straight! … yeah, now you get it?

Yeah, I know that writers and artists can get drunk on power sometimes… but some things are ok to play around with and change and retcon and reboot and muck around with. But some things are just “off-limits” and should not be changed… such as changing Peter Parker into Ben Reilly, or Hal Jordan being evil, or having Batman’s parents still alive…

Am I taking all this too seriously? Am I treating comic characters as if they were actual, real people instead of fictional 2d puppets that exist for my entertainment?
Well, part of the reason we find our heroes and vilians so entertaining *IS* the great characterization that makes us able to cheer for them in our hearts and treat them as real people! That’s what all the writers and artists are aiming for! (except for those parody comics). So, yeah. If DC wants us to think of their comic characters as living people who we should care about and not just treat as random artwork depicting humanoids… DC should very well care about those characters just as much or even more!
So… please RESPECT Alan Scott… the original Green Lantern. Treat him as you would a friend. And not as an object which is used to generate cash flow (mmm, maybe this is impossible for a comic house lol) or some tool used to show support for the gay community.


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Posted at 6:20 PM on November 15, 2012  

I agree with a majority of what you are saying. You have good points to have a true representation of a gay super hero and I pretty much agree. It’s important to have diversity. I’m slightly, hesitant to support your idea 100% because it may indeed discredited the varying experiences of people who may realize their true sexual orientation and/or gender identity at a later age than most. Specifically, there are many adults between the ages of thirty and sixty becoming aware of their true identity at much a later age and that they themselves also need support and positive role models reflecting their experiences of coming out at a later age of adulthood. Most importantly, there is a great need of having more access to more stories that reflect the diversity of LGBTQ peoples and their communities around the world. I think its great that there is a gay supper hero, however, having more LGBTQ super heroes would be ideal instead of creating another paradigm.

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Posted at 11:15 PM on July 3, 2012  

I am a big fan of the Original Justice Society. That’s why I wanted to see the new Earth-2. WHAT THE HELL DID THEY THINK THEY WERE DOING? No more Infinity Inc, Justice Society is now more like the Justice League, the New 52 is the worst series DC ever did and that is coming from someone who has endured Watchmen and Zero Hour and a few other really bad DC stories written.

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Posted at 10:43 AM on June 1, 2012  

Why did they have to erase his kids? I know plenty of gay men who came out later in life who had been married to a women and had children out of fear of homophobia they’d face if they came out.
Also wanna say that this is the 1940s Green Latern. Yes the Corp came out then but since has undergone at least 4 Lantern changes. PLUS this is Earth 2, not even main storyline.

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Andy Swift

Posted at 10:50 AM on June 1, 2012  

They kind of had to erase his kids because they remade him as a younger guy. So they also erased his wife.

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Posted at 11:27 AM on June 1, 2012  

Well, it WAS the 1940s GL. That was messed up a bit in one or another Crisis, and with the New 52 reboot it’s changed even more. He’s not the 1940s Green Lantern anymore — that continuity never happened, unfortunately.

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Posted at 4:03 PM on August 28, 2012  

In the reboot he is much younger. That’s why his kids where erased, and that’s when they decided to have him be gay. It says it right there in the article. They didn’t take his kids away because he is gay.

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