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Another LGBT+ hero has joined the DC Comics universe

Maggie Baska February 13, 2022
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An image of DC Comics characters Vixen, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn

Vixen, a superhero in DC Comics, has come out as queer and shared that she is dating another woman in a recent comic book. (DC Comics)

An iconic DC superhero has come out as queer and revealed that she is in a relationship with another woman.

Vixen, a model and animal-rights activist slash superhero, has come out in a recent issue of Harley Quinn: The Eat. Bang! Kill. Tour. The comic book series – created by Tee Franklin, Matt Sarin and Marissa Louise – is a spin-off of the Harley Quinn animated series on HBO.

Vixen, who can channel the strengths and attributes of the entire animal kingdom, was first revealed to be part of the LGBT+ community back in the fourth issue of the comic book series when she stepped into a limousine with her girlfriend Elle.

While cuddled up in the backseat of the limo, Vixen channelled the powers of a giraffe – particularly its long tongue – while sending literal heart eyes at her girlfriend. She then told the driver to “roll up the partition please” so the couple can presumably enjoy some private time.

In the sixth and final issue of the mini-series, Vixen and Elle return to help Poison Ivy rescue Harley Quinn, who was kidnapped by a sludge villain.

Vixen is initially reluctant to help out as they fought after the iconic villain poisoned a group of CEOs who polluted the environment and tried to control Vixen.

But Elle convinces her girlfriend to join forces with Poison Ivy when she learns that Harley was kidnapped. Elle, who has one leg and uses crutches, then takes the two women upstairs to suit up for the heroic rescue mission.

“You know us queers gotta stick together, boo,” Elle says. “Now, let’s get you into something Ivy-chic.”

A screenshot from DC Comics Harley Quinn: The Eat. Bang! Kill. Tour featuring Poison Ivy, Vixen and her girlfriend Elle
(DC Comics/Harley Quinn: The Eat. Bang! Kill. Tour #6)

Poison Ivy witnesses Vixen and Elle lovingly interacting with each other as the hero tries to decide on an outfit to wear.

She thinks about how the “dynamic of their relationship seems so loving, fun and non-toxic” which gives her hope for her future with Harley.

“And after everything Harley and I have been through, we both need and deserve that I have to change my ways and open up more,” she adds.

Vixen is far from the first DC superhero to come out as part of the LGBT+ community

In August, Batman’s sidekick Tim Drake, aka Robin, came out as bisexual and even goes out on a date with his friend, Bernard.

Just a few months later, DC Comics revealed that Jon Kent, the Superman of Earth and son of Clark Kent, is bisexual. In Superman: Son of Kal-El #5, Kent developed a close friendship and eventually a romantic relationship with reporter Jay Nakamura.

Then, Wonder Woman even came out as part of the queer community in a limited comic series Dark Knights of Steel, which imagined DC heroes in a fantasy medieval world.

In the comic, Wonder Woman shared a heartbreaking yet beautiful kiss with the princess Zala of the House El – the daughter of Jor-El and sister of Kal-El, aka Superman.

More: DC Comics, harley quinn, poison ivy

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