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Saturday, October 31, 2015 

A transgender wedding in Batgirl

The modern volume of Sensation Comics with Wonder Woman hosting a lesbian wedding is now getting a followup story in the new Batgirl title:
Today (October 28), the latest issue of DC Comics’ “Batgirl” is making history in the sweetest way possible: with a wedding!

Batgirl herself isn’t getting married in Issue #45, though; she’s merely a part of the bridal party. Instead today’s nuptials are all about Alysia Yeoh, Barbara Gordon’s best friend and former roommate — and an openly transgender woman.

When Alysia first came out to Babs in 2013, she was widely heralded as the first civilian transgender character in a mainstream superhero comic series (although not the first transgender character ever, as then-writer Gail Simone pointed out). She first began dating her activist friend Jo in 2014 just before the new “Batgirl” creative team first took over the book, and today the two lovebirds are officially tying the knot.
Oh, just look how MTV sensationalizes this news, which to them is a big deal simply because it takes place in a superhero comics title. Even though these kind of stunts are already old news.
This isn’t the first time a Batfamily comic has made headlines for a lesbian wedding — although last time, it was for the cancellation of one. In 2013, “Batwoman” writers J.H. Williams and W. Haden Blackmore publicly claimed that they left the comic because they were not allowed to marry Batwoman Kate Kane to her fiancée Maggie Sawyer; DC attempted to counter the negative publicity by saying the decision had more to do with a company-wide policy against superhero marriages, saying “heroes shouldn’t have happy personal lives,” which only frustrated fans more.
And they still feel that way. Consider: for quite a while now, heterosexual weddings and such have been shunned by the editors, and this "compromise" doesn't change anything. It is pretty funny they didn't have the gall to do what Marvel did with Northstar a few years ago (which sold very dull numbers, as I recall), all for publicity stunting, which is just what this new tale is obviously done for. After all, if MTV could cover it...
“We’re just looking at what the best story is for the characters and just trying to push forward with that,” Fletcher noted, saying that there was never any pushback from the DC Comics higher-ups in creating this arc. “We just have to try to do what it is we want to do and in our case, Editorial has been so, so, so supportive. It’s a fantastic experience.”
Yeah, if you're a progressive liberal and SJW. Yet in the New 52, heterosexual marriages between Superman and Lois Lane have become taboo, and it's the same for Spider-Man and Mary Jane Watson over in Marvel. And no doubt, there's plenty of minor cast members whom they won't approve a marriage for either. Maybe this is another reason why Marvel cancelled Fantastic Four?

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"Yet in the New 52, heterosexual marriages between Superman and Lois Lane have become taboo, and it's the same for Spider-Man and Mary Jane Watson over in Marvel."

DC wouldn't permit Kate Kane/Batwoman to marry, so this shouldn't be framed as a straight-vs.-gay issue. The expressed reasoning, at least in the case of Spider-Man, is that marriage "ages" the character, which is chiefly a concern with franchise characters, not supporting/secondary ones.

"And no doubt, there's plenty of minor cast members whom they won't approve a marriage for either."

Like who? You're tossing that out there was nothing to back it up.

"Maybe this is another reason why Marvel cancelled Fantastic Four?"

Oh, come on, a 50-year-old marriage might have contributed to title's cancellation? Really? Pfft.

The site says, "cute as heck". I say it's more like the equivalent of having a soft cute voice that made a person want to pour cement in one's eardrums. And here I thought you couldn't get anymore stupidly sappier or seeking to degrade the meaning of "comedy" like what I had found in Squirrel Girl and Ms. Marvel, I was wrong. Getting back to the wedding, where's the villain attack?! Isn't there supposed to be an unspoken rule about supervillains attacking a wedding in progress in a superhero comic magazine or something?

You can change the couple into heterosexual, but it'll still be idiotically sweet and sappy.

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