In 2021, Australian comic book writer Tom Taylor made the decision to make Superman bisexual in the fifth issue of the comic series, Superman: Son of Kal-El. Unfortunately for Taylor, he has received several homophobic comments and death threats from Superman fans who are unhappy at the decision.
The talented writer has turned the harmful homophobic remarks into a positive move for the LGBTQI+ youth. Taylor is making donations to Minus18, a charity that aims to improve the health and wellbeing of LGBTQI+ youth in Australia, for all the death threats he receives.
SUPERMAN’S QUEER ROMANCE
Superman: Son of Kal-El sees Jon Kent, the son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane, struggling with the pressures that come with being the new Superman. Budding journalist Jay Nakamura is a shoulder for Kent to lean on after being physically and mentally burnt out. The two end up sharing an intimate kiss.
Writer Tom Taylor highlights that everyone deserves to see themselves in their heroes.
“Superman’s symbol has always stood for hope, for truth and for justice. Today, that symbol represents something more. Today, more people can see themselves in the most powerful superhero in comics,” he told DC comics.
TOM TAYLOR’S RESPONSE TO HOMOPHOBIC COMMENTS
The fifth issue of Superman: Son of Kal-El was released on 9 November. Since then, Tom Taylor has received several homophobic comments and death threats on social media.
On Monday 10 January, the 43-year-old writer shared a harmful homophobic message he received from a fan of the comic series.
The message read: “Superman f*cking gay?? You will die in pain, f*cking piece of sh*t!”
Taylor’s response read: “Glad you censored the swearing. Could have been quite offensive, otherwise.”
Taylor also made a $50 (R766) donation to Minus18 in the fan’s “name”.
‘SUPERMAN: SON OF KAL-EL’ GLAAD NOMINATION
Superman: Son of Kal-El has been nominated for a Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Award. The fifth issue of the comic series is nominated in the Outstanding Comic Book category.
Celebrating the nomination, Tom Taylor unveiled artist Tarvis Moore and colorist Tamra Bonvillain’s cover for the April issue of the comic.
The GLAAD Awards are set to take place on 2 April 2022.