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    DC Comics' First Transgender And Bisexual Character

    Batgirl #19 had a huge surprise inside when it hit stands last week, introducing the first transgender character in the DC Universe, Alysia Yeoh. According to the writers of the issue, this is just the beginning for trans characters in comics.

    Writer Gail Simone spoke to Wired about the new character:

    I looked out into the audience [at Wondercon], saw dozens of faces I knew well — LGBTQ folks, mostly — all avid comics readers and superhero fans and DC supporters. And it just hit me: Why was this so impossible? Why in the world can we not do a better job of representation of not just humanity, but also our own loyal audience? ... Look, we have a problem most media don't have, which is that almost all the tentpoles we build our industry upon were created over a half century ago… at a time where the characters were almost without exception white, cis-gendered, straight, on and on. It's fine — it's great that people love those characters. But if we only build around them, then we look like an episode of The Andy Griffith Show for all eternity.

    The public's response has been overwhelmingly welcoming:

    @GailSimone Got a rousing cheer from the LGBT Conference at Princeton today when I told them about Alysia! #BatGirl

    @GailSimone Got a rousing cheer from the LGBT Conference at Princeton today when I told them about Alysia! #BatGirl-- Superior Spider-Dave

    Wow! DC Comics introduces first trans character. This makes my day. http://t.co/j6DqcDWJYa

    Wow! DC Comics introduces first trans character. This makes my day. http://t.co/j6DqcDWJYa-- Thomas Page McBee

    Batgirl #19 Reveals an Important Addition to the DCU http://t.co/ViXFdfzIgt

    Batgirl #19 Reveals an Important Addition to the DCU http://t.co/ViXFdfzIgt-- DC Women Kicking Ass

    "It's time for a trans hero in a mainstream comics... And it's going to happen."