DC Comics character to come out of closet!

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DC Comics character to come out of closet!

When a comic book character comes out of the closet, you know they're going to do it in style, so brace yourselves for a big reveal from the DC Universe. Yes, according to editor-in-chief of DC Comics Dan DiDio, a major DC character is going to come out as gay.

DiDio dropped the big news at a London Comic convention, along with the teaser that the character in question is one that hasn't made an appearance since the brand relaunched its universe last September. For all you guessers, that rules out Superman, Batman, Green Lantern and Wonder Woman.

Whoever it may be, the mysterious newly gay character will be in good company. DC's newest lineup is already pretty diverse; Batwoman is an open lesbian, and VooDoo -- originally from the Wildstorm universe and now a member of the main DC lineup -- is a bi-sexual woman.

Not to be outdone, rival franchise Marvel sees DC's coming-out announcement and raises it a gay wedding. Openly gay character Northstar, who has been in a same-sex relationship since 2009, is expected to marry his boyfriend Kyle soon.

So why all the rainbow pride in the comics world? Sure, their universes may be populated by supernatural beings and mutant heroes, but Mike Kane, the associate director of entertainment and media for GLAAD says they're just reflecting reality.

"DC and Marvel are recognizing that there is an LGBT audience that has been reading their comics for years," Kane says, "When creating these fictional worlds it's important to show the full diversity."

So now that we know it's happening, it's time to place your bets. Which character is it going to be? You have until June's reveal to figure it out. 

 

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