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The DC Universe made an announcement on National Coming Out Day (October 11) that the child of Clark Kent and Lois Lane, Jon Kent, will be coming out as bisexual in the fifth issue of Superman: Son of Kal-El scheduled for release on November 9.
While this will be the first queer Superman, it is not the first queer character in the DC Universe. Harley Quinn is an openly bisexual character who has had relationships with the iconic villain the Joker and Poison Ivy. Batman’s Robin has also come out as bisexual in an August issue of the comic Batman: Urban Legends.
Fans of the new Superman have taken to Twitter to share their support.
There are some DC fans who are not pleased by the news.
Whether you support the new character or not, Tom Taylor (the issue’s writer) shared that it’s about representation. “Superman’s symbol has always stood for hope, for truth and for justice,” Taylor said in a statement. “Today, that symbol represents something more. Today, more people can see themselves in the most powerful superhero in comics.”