DC Comics Has Moved the Dial When It Comes to LGBTQ+ Representation — Especially on TV

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This June, DC Comics celebrated Pride Month on the page with Pride-themed variant covers and the release of DC Pride, an anthology that features notable queer characters like Batwoman (a.k.a. Kate Kane), Renee Montoya, Midnighter, Poison Ivy, and Harley Quinn. The collection also marks the comic book debut of Supergirl's Nia Nal (a.k.a. Dreamer), a trans woman superhero whose DC Pride story was written by actor Nicole Maines, who plays Nia on TV. 

Of course, countless other companies are also slapping rainbow-themed imagery on their products, but DC Comics is one of few media entities moving the dial year round. Keeping in line with Hollywood's other blockbuster franchises and cinematic universes, the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) films haven't provided robust LGBTQ+ representation. Aside from Renee Montoya's (Rosie Perez) brief run-in with an ex (Ali Wong) in Birds of Prey (2020), canonically queer characters' full identities haven't been realized on the big screen. However, DC is making strides when it comes to representation on TV, from the animated Harley Quinn show to the many entries in The CW's Arrowverse