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The abbreviation LGBT stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender - the term serves as a self-designation that represents all to whom it refers. There are several other letters that are sometimes added to the acronym, including 'A' for asexual, 'Q' for queer, and others. It is a common designa

Prior to the 1980s, all comic book characters were assumed to be, and presented as, "straight" heterosexual people. But people are complicated and societies evolve, so since that time it has come to be acknowledged that some characters are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.

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The abbreviation LGBT stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender - the term serves as a self-designation that represents all to whom it refers. There are several other letters that are sometimes added to the acronym, including 'A' for asexual, 'Q' for queer, and others. It is a common designation which began to see increased usage from the 1980s onward. While references to homosexual characters may have existed, there were few if any examples of openly gay heroes until the 1980s and 1990s. These LGBT terms are used to classify the sexual orientation of those characters. In more recent times, it has garnered both positive and negative reaction from fans. Whatever the reaction, homosexual characters appearing in comic books is a step forward for community visibility, and ultimately it is up to the reader to decide whether this community is being represented in a valid way.

In 2021's Pride Month, DC Comics published the one-shot DC Pride #1, celebrating LGBTQIA+ characters and creators.

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