Today is National Coming Out Day and DC Comics has made a monumental announcement timed the holiday: the new Superman, Jon Kent, will be coming out as bisexual.
In case you’re not a huge comic buff, Jon Kent is the superhero son of Clark Kent — aka the original Superman — and Lois Lane. Jon has inherited the mantle from his father. The new issue, coming out on November 9, is entitled Superman: Son of Kal-El #5.
Not only will Jon be bisexual, but the comics will also follow the superhero exploring a relationship with a male.
Comic book author, Tom Taylor shared a peek at the upcoming issue on Twitter where Jon can be seen kissing another man. Jon is said to be entering into a relationship with a reporter namedJay Nakamura.
This is a huge win for the LGBTQ+ community and those who have been asking for more LGBTQ+ representation in mainstream comics. Speaking to media, Taylor explained the decision to make Jon bisexual and the struggle it’s been behind closed doors to make this happen.
“Over the years in this industry, it probably won’t surprise you to hear I’ve had queer characters and storylines rejected. I felt like I was letting down people I loved every time this happened,” Taylor told IGN. “But we are in a very different and much more welcome place today than we were ten, or even five years ago.”
Taylor continued: “When I was asked if I wanted to write a new Superman with a new #1 for the DC Universe, I knew replacing Clark with another straight white savior could be a real opportunity missed. I’ve always said everyone needs heroes and everyone deserves to see themselves in their heroes. Today, Superman, the strongest superhero on the planet, is coming out.”
In another tweet, Taylor wrote, “I’ve always said everyone needs heroes and everyone deserves to see themselves in their heroes.”
Since the announcement was made, fans have shared the enthusiasm online.
JON KENT IS BISEXUAL! SUPERMAN IS LGBTQ+! THIS IS SO COOL! https://t.co/Q2J99aNyqi
How wonderful is it that DC Comics revealed Jon Kent as bisexual on #NationalComingOutDay?!
I have no doubt that… https://t.co/knjmfuwZlE
— Michael Patterson (@Michael Patterson)
“How wonderful is it that DC Comics revealed Jon Kent as bisexual on #NationalComingOutDay?!,” read a tweet from writer Michael Patterson. “I have no doubt that this kind of representation will help so many people. And it makes me proud to be both a Superman and DC fan!”