Homophobia comes in all shapes and sizes.

It can be violent, abusive and terrifying, but even a steady drip, drip, drip can do enormous damage on its targets.



In any situation, it’s the worst – but sometimes, there’s an excellent comeback.

(Facebook/jermaine dickerson)

Sometimes, there’s a particularly excellent way of fighting back.

Jermaine Dickerson, an illustrator and graphic designer from Detroit, Michigan, found one such way – and it was wonderfully simple.

It all began when Jermaine, an outspoken social activist, tweeted a call for more black, female superheroes.

(Twitter/jermainedesign)

He added: “Let’s also not forget to spotlight the experiences and stories of LGBTQ black folk.

“We’ll get some of that in #BlackLightning and maybe #BlackPanther, but only with supporting characters.

“I want a queer af black superhero. The world is ready, wouldn’t you agree?”

Of course we would, but not everyone would do.

(Twitter/jermainedesign)

One hater responded by simply quote-tweeting this wish for 2018 with a single word.

“No”.

“This is hilarious,” Jermaine responded.

(Twitter/jermainedesign)

“Cishet folks really go out of their way to show their disapproval of black queer representation.”

But the homophobes weren’t done there.

“Literally nobody wants a gay superhero bro,” one told him.

(Facebook/jermaine dickerson)

“Comics are fine as it is”.

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And Jermaine had the perfect comeback.

“RT if you want to see more gay superheroes on film,” he said, simply.

(Twitter/jermainedesign)

And the reaction was huge.

A lot of people agreed with him, as it turns out.

More than 100,000, in fact.

(Facebook/jermaine dickerson)

The homophobe was silenced.

“You there? Mic check one two, one two,” Jermaine tweeted at him afterwards, highlighting the way he’d defeated him.

(Twitter/jermainedesign)

And he added to his followers that everyone in the community deserves representation.

“I also want to express that I would love to see ALL members of the LGBTQ community represented as the superheroes we are ❤️,” he wrote.




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