Gay superhero smashes boundaries

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It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s an out and proud gay superhero!

DC Comics throws a one-two punch for cultural and sexual diversity with its new member of the “Teen Titan” series: Miguel Jose Barragan aka Bunker.

Hailing from a small village in Mexico, Miguel is no closet case. In fact, the flamboyant kid is accepted by his family and village.

As co-creator Brett Booth tells Out Magazine, “We wanted to show an interesting character whose homosexuality is part of him, not something that’s hidden. Sure there are gay people who you wouldn’t know are gay right off the bat, but there are others who are more flamboyant, and we thought it would be nice to actually see them portrayed in comics.”

When Booth and “Teen Titans” co-creator Scott Lobdell were asked to create new characters, they decided to shake things up.

“Brett and I agreed that the comics industry is filled to overflowing with straight white male characters,” Lobdell told ComicVine. “It was time (well, past time) to bring an openly gay teenager to the series.”

Bunker is all about breaking down barriers. That’s where the idea for his super power arouse. Inspired by Stonewall, Lobdell gave the newest Teen Titan the ability to mentally breakdown walls by controlling three-foot-by-three-foot bricks.

This breakthrough comic is on sale now.

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Adam Sandel is a playwright, screenwriter, lyricist, journalist and film critic living in San Francisco, California. He's the film writer for dot429 Magazine and is the host of the internet radio show "Happy Hour" on energytalkradio.com. adamsandel@yahoo.com adam@dot429.com

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