“If DC thinks they are making progressive change by simply DECIDING to make Alan Scott gay, they’re really missing the point. The LGBT community keeps trying to stress that none of them just DECIDE to be gay, that it’s a long process of questioning and soul searching before they come to the realization that that’s just how they are. Why can’t DC change a character’s sexuality that way, make it a compelling and human story arc, instead of making a spectacle in an attempt to gain more readers?”
Here’s the thing, Anon. This isn’t the same Alan Scott from prior continuities. This is a different Universe, a different Alan. So it really isn’t a straight character “suddenly” deciding that they’re gay out of the blue. Maybe this particular Alan went through the earlier half of his life thinking he was straight and living accordingly, but A) we don’t know that for sure yet, it’s entirely possible that he didn’t go through this at all, which is totally fine, and B) that’s really not the same thing.
The other problem here is that not every queer person experiences or discovers their queerness the same as others. Not everyone goes through the same challenges, if any. It’s important for our stories to reflect this because we’re not a homogenous group. We all have different experiences, perspectives, beliefs, values, etc.
And sometimes some of us just want to exist without being constantly reminded of the shit we put up with on a daily basis. I sure as hell know that I do. Not every queer characters story has to consist of endless battles against internal and external homophobia. It’s important to tell those stories, but it’s also important to have characters who reflect us without putting up the daily burden of being queer in a heterosexist society. It’s important for us to have heroes and heroines to look up to and root for. They may or may not go through the same exact things everyone else goes through, but that’s okay. Variety is a good thing.
(Also, maybe I’m reading too much into this, but I’m really hating the implication here that a persons queerness is validated the more they struggle/d to come to terms with it? Because anyone who doesn’t struggle with it the same way that others do are somehow “lesser” than others, or their stories aren’t as important to tell? I really hope I’m imagining things here, because wow, that is all kinds of wrong I’m not sure I even want to get into.)
Superhero comics are a form of wish fulfillment and escapism that many gladly delve in to escape their daily lives. Why shouldn’t queer readers be allowed the same opportunity? Because we’re queer and every one of our stories must be about how much our lives tend to suck half the time because of our queerness? No thank you. Superhero comics are fantasy. If readers can suspend disbelief enough to read about characters who utilize a green ring and their willpower to protect the innocent, than surely we can suspend enough disbelief to believe that this particular Green Lantern just happens to be gay.
P.S: I don’t remember DC actually making a huge deal out of this whole thing either. All I saw was the one official announcement and a few twitter conversations where writers answered a few questions readers had. The massive hype was mainly generated by fans and the press, who were mostly guessing which character was coming out. So unless I missed something, I’m not really seeing how DC made a “spectacle” out of it.
Edit: I’m not saying that there aren’t issues with how Earth 2 or Alan Scott’s character are being handled, because there most certainly are. I just don’t think that this particular thing is necessarily one of those mistakes.