DC Comics is set to be honored for their commitment to LGBTQ content, according to a press release from DC Comics.
GLSEN, an organization focused on creating safe and inclusive schools, will give DC a Visionary Award during the 2017 GLSEN Respect Awards in Los Angeles in October. The awards honor people and organizations who “showcase the work of students, educators, community leaders, and corporations who serve as exemplary role models and have made a significant impact on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.”
In the press release, DC Comics had a lot of praise for DC Comics’ work with LGBTQ characters:
DC is a leader in supporting LGBTQ content and characters. With a commitment to showcasing diverse storylines, they broke barriers in mainstream comics with characters like Batwoman as the first lesbian Super Hero as a comic lead and Alysia Yeoh as the first trans character. The comics feature numerous groundbreaking characters like Midnighter, Catwoman, Renee Montoya, and many others. In June 2016, DC along with IDW Publishing, brought together writers and artists to support victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando with “Love is Love.” And DC TV shows feature LGBTQ characters on shows like Supergirl, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and Gotham.
GLSEN Executive Director Eliza Byard also had some nice things to say about the company:
GLSEN is excited to honor DC Entertainment with the Visionary Award for their impact and innovation. Superheroes hold an incredibly powerful place in our popular culture. Equally powerful is for LGBTQ youth to see themselves in our world, and DC enables just that. DC’s commitment to representing LGBTQ characters in all forms of media is both incredibly important and empowering.
The awards take place on October 20 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in LA. Tickets are available here.