Queer Are They Now? [Out-of-Date]

[This page is on indefinite hiatus and is no longer current.]

The rainbow is one of the most enduring and recognized symbols of the LGBTQ community; it’s vibrant, upbeat, and reflective of the diversity within.

Due to its eye-catching nature, businesses (including comics publishers) will hoist up their rainbow flag, while not realizing that their’s is in weary shape. Edges are tattered, entire colors have been devoured heteronormative moths, and maybe employees can’t even find which broom closet it was stored in.

When confronted with claims of lackluster comics representation, fans online and editors in interviews will rattle off names of queer characters who haven’t had series in years, and usually invoke “LGBT” while not naming someone who’s “B” or “T.”

Below is a list of Marvel and DC’s queer characters and their last ongoing appearances in a leading role. That character should occupy (or share equally) the highest level of prominence in a series or miniseries lasting at least three issues; this, unfortunately, rules out several queer characters who never rise beyond supporting roles. Back-up stories are also ruled out.

That does not mean those appearances are without value; it just means they’re not indicative of the publisher making a major, sustained effort to promote that character’s visibility. Visibility is key—if the character doesn’t appear in the title, promotional materials, solicits, covers, or interviews, how can readers find them?

This list only covers characters in Marvel and DC’s ongoing universes. Vertigo characters are generally not tracked, unless those characters’ respective worlds/teams have made their way into the core universe (Doom Patrol, etc). Readers have little reason to expect Y: The Last Man‘s queer characters will reappear.

Characters missing from either publishers’ lead roles for 5+ years are at the bottom.

If you catch any mistakes, let me know! I appreciate all feedback.

DC Comics

Current

  • John Constantine (Constantine) in The Hellblazer
  • Dr. Harleen Quinzel (Harley Quinn) in Harley Quinn and Suicide Squad
  • Kate Kane (Batwoman) in BatwomanDC Bombshells and Detective Comics
  • Diana Prince (Wonder Woman) in DC Bombshells, Wonder Woman, Justice League, and Trinity
  • Ray Terrill (The Ray) in Justice League of America
  • Kaldur’ahm (Tempest) in Teen Titans

Under Six Months

  • Alan Scott (Green Lantern) in Earth 2: Society (March 2017)
  • Midnighter in Midnighter & Apollo #6 (March 2017)
  • Andrew Pulaski (Apollo) in Midnighter & Apollo #6 (March 2017)
  • Berenice in Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love #3 (February 2017)

Under One Year

  • Miguel José Barragan (Bunker) in Teen Titans #24 (September 2016)
  • Dr. Pamela Isley (Poison Ivy) in Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death #6 (June 2016)
  • Kani/Kevin (Porcelain) in Secret Six #14 (May 2016)
  • Diana/Alicia Silvera (Wonder Woman) in Justice League 3001 #12 (May 2016)
  • Thomas Blake (Catman) in Secret Six #14  (May 2016)
  • Selina Kyle (Catwoman) in Catwoman #52 (May 2016)

Under Three Years

  • Renee Montoya in Detective Comics #44 (September 2015)
  • Asa (Nightmare Nurse) in Justice League Dark #40 (March 2015)
  • Alba Garcia (Black Orchid) in Justice League Dark #40 (March 2015)
  • Ya’Wara in Aquaman and the Others #11 (March 2015)
  • Roshanna Chatterji (Tremor) in The Movement #12 (May 2014)
  • Christopher (Burden) in The Movement #12 (May 2014)
  • Holly Ann Fields (Virtue) in The Movement #12 (May 2014)
  • Kulap Vilaysack (Katharsis) in The Movement #12 (May 2014)

Under Five Years

  • Salu Digby (Shrinking Violet) in Legion of Super-Heroes #23 (August 2013)
  • Ayla Ranzz (Lightning Lass) in Legion of Super-Heroes #23 (August 2013)
  • Ystin (Shining Knight) in Demon Knights #23 (August 2013)
  • Exoristos in Demon Knights #23 (August 2013)
  • Evelyn Crawford (Starling) in Birds of Prey #20 (May 2013)
  • Dawnstar in Legion Lost #16 (January 2013)

Marvel Comics

Current

  • Jovana (Swain) in Royals
  • Val Ventura (Flatman) in Great Lakes Avengers
  • Billy Kaplan (Wiccan) in Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme
  • Bobby Drake (teen)(Iceman) in All-New X-Men
  • America Chavez (Ms. America) in America and Ultimates 2
  • Toni Ho (Iron Patriot) in U.S.Avengers
  • Aikku Jokinen (Pod) in U.S.Avengers

Under Six Months

  • Bobby Drake (teen)(Iceman) in All-New X-Men (March 2017)
  • Ayo in Black Panther: World of Wakanda (March 2017)
  • Aneka in Black Panther: World of Wakanda (March 2017)
  • Raven Darkhölme (Mystique) in Uncanny X-Men (March 2017)
  • Betsy Braddock (Psylocke) in Uncanny X-Men (March 2017)
  • Angela in Guardians of the Galaxy (March 2017)
  • Teddy Altman (Hulkling) in New Avengers #18 (November 2016)

Under One Year

  • Loki Laufeyson in Vote Loki #4 (September 2016)

Under Three Years

  • “Secret Wars” Leah in Siege #4 (October 2015)
  • Sanna Strand in Runaways #4 (September 2015)
  • “Secret Wars” Jubilation Lee (Jubilee) in Runaways #4 (September 2015)
  • “Secret Wars” Angel Salvadore (Tempest) in E for Extinction #4 (September 2015)
  • Akihiro (Daken) in Wolverines #20 (May 2015)
  • Jean-Paul Beaubier (Northstar) in Amazing X-Men #19 (April 2015)
  • “Ultimate” Jessica Drew (Black Widow) in Scarlet Spiders #3 (January 2015)
  • Cullen Bloodstone in Avengers Undercover #10 (September 2014)

Under Five Years

  • Annabelle Riggs in Fearless Defenders #12 (February 2014)
  • Ren Kimura in Fearless Defenders #12 (February 2014)
  • David Alleyne (Prodigy) in Young Avengers #15 (January 2014)
  • Brandon Sharpe (Striker) in Infinity: The Hunt #4 (November 2013)
  • Xi’an Coy Manh (Karma) in Astonishing X-Men #68 (October 2013)
  • “Ultimate” Piotr Rasputin (Colossus) in Ultimate Comics X-Men #32 (October 2013)
  • Gaveedra-Seven (Shatterstar) in X-Factor #259 (July 2013)
  • Julio Richter (Rictor) in X-Factor #259 (July 2013)
  • Charlie Cluster-7 (Cluster) in Uncanny X-Force #9 (May 2013)
  • James Howlett (X-Treme Wolverine) in X-Treme X-Men #13 (April 2013)
  • Julie Power (Lightspeed) in Avengers Academy #39 (January 2013)
  • Victoria Hand in New Avengers #32 (January 2013)

Five Years and Beyond

Marvel

  • Johnny Bart (Rawhide Kid) in The Rawhide Kid #4 (September 2010)
  • Moondragon in Guardians of the Galaxy #24 (May 2010)
  • Phyla-Vell (Martyr) in Guardians of the Galaxy #17 (October 2009)
  • Heidi Sladkin (Riot) in Skrull Kill Krew #5 (October 2009)
  • Karolina Dean (Lucy in the Sky) in Runaways #14 (September 2009)
  • Jonas Graymalkin (Graymalkin) in Young X-Men #12 (March 2009)
  • Victor Borkowski (Anole) in Young X-Men #12 (March 2009)
  • Xavin in Runaways #6 (January 2009)
  • Miranda Leevald (Ripcord) in New Warriors #16 (September 2008)
  • Curtis Doyle (Freedom Ring) in Marvel Team-Up #24 (May 2006)
  • Myles Alfred (Vivisector) in X-Statix #26 (August 2004)
  • William “Billy Bob” Riley (Phat) in X-Statix #18 (January 2004)
  • Jennifer Kale in Witches #4 (September 2004)
  • Mariko Yashida (Sunfire) in Exiles #37 (November 2003)
  • Miguel Santos (Living Lightning) in Avengers West Coast #102 (January 1994)

DC

  • Scandal Savage in Secret Six #36 (August 2011)
  • Jeanette in Secret Six #36 (August 2011)
  • Peter Merkel (Rag Doll) in Secret Six #36 (August 2011)
  • Jedidiah Rikane (Power Boy) in Adventure Comics #529 (August 2011)
  • Tel Vole (Gravity Kid) in Adventure Comics #529 (August 2011)
  • Mikaal Tomas (Starman) in Justice League of America #60 (August 2011)
  • Todd Rice (Obsidian) in Justice Society of America #54 (August 2011)
  • Anissa Pierce (Thunder) in The Outsiders #39 (May 2011)
  • Grace Choi in The Outsiders #39 (May 2011)
  • Sarah Rainmaker in The Authority #29 (December 2010)
  • Gerri Brauer (Donner) in Heroes #6 (October 1996)
  • Valerie Kameya (Blitzen) in Heroes #6 (October 1996)
  • Masquerade in Blood Syndicate #25 (April 1995)
  • Kate Godwin (Coagula) in Doom Patrol #86 (January 1995)
  • Gregorio de la Vega (Extraño) in The New Guardians #12 (September 1989)

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