LGBT themes in comics are a relatively new concept, as lesbian , gay , bisexual , and transgender LGBT themes and characters were historically omitted from the content of comic books and their comic strip predecessors due to anti-gay censorship and bigotry. LGBT existence was included only via innuendo , subtext and inference. However the practice of hiding LGBT characters in the early part of the twentieth century evolved into open inclusion in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, and comics explored the challenges of coming-out , societal discrimination , and personal and romantic relationships between gay characters. With any mention of homosexuality in mainstream United States comics forbidden by the Comics Code Authority CCA between and ,  mainstream comics contained only subtle hints or subtext regarding an LGBT character's sexual orientation or gender identity. Starting in the early s, however, LGBT themes were tackled in underground comix , independently published one-off comic books and series produced by gay creators that featured autobiographical storylines tackling political issues of interest to LGBT readers.
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Every year the renowned convention not only showcases the best in comic books, pop art, entertainment and geek culture, but also features myriad instances of LGBT inclusion, promotion of queer culture and homoerotic gay Comic-Con cosplay. The announcement has added weight since Thompson herself identifies as bisexual. Written by C. Pacat, this Boom Studios comic book series explores the homoerotic underbelly of competitive fencing at an elite boys boarding school. The actor and advocate also unveiled his new graphic memoir They Called Us Enemy , based on his own childhood memories spent in a U. In other toy news, Mattel will be releasing articulated updates of one of its most classic action figure lines , Masters of the Universe, including a Comic-Con exclusive double-pack of He-Man and his alter-ego Prince Adam. Luckily He-Man still wears his furry underpants.
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For years, animated series have blazed a trail for LGBT representation. This PBS show was a spinoff of popular animated series Arthur. At the time, Vermont was one of the only states to offer same-sex domestic partnerships. Beloved Japanese anime Sailor Moon originally depicted Sailor Neptune and Sailor Uranus as a lesbian couple who often shared tender moments and longing glances. But when distributors took the show abroad, their relationship got altered: In France, Poland, Italy, and the U.
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