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DC Entertainment receives honor for LGBTI superheroes like Batwoman

DC Entertainment receives honor for LGBTI superheroes like Batwoman

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Queer superheroes like Batwoman are earning DC Entertainment, one of the largest comic book and superhero entities, a prestigious award.

GLSEN, the national organization championing LGBTI students and issues in K-12, is giving its Visionary Award to DC. The award will be presented at the GLSEN Respect Awards on 20 October at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.

The award ceremony began in 2004 and honors individuals and corporations who have made a significant impact on youth in the community. The ceremony takes place in both Los Angeles and New York every year.

Previously, the Visionary Award has gone to those like Jess Cagle and Jon Stryker.

‘Superheroes hold an incredibly powerful place in our popular culture,’ said GLSEN Executive Director, Eliza Byard. ‘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.’

DC featured Batwoman as the first ever lesbian superhero as a comic lead. Alysia Yeoh is the first trans character in a major role in a mainstream comic book.

The company also has characters like Midnighter, Catwoman, and Renee Montoya. Their various TV shows, such as Supergirl, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow also feature various LGBTI characters.

Diane Nelson, President of DC Entertainment said: ‘At DC, we are committed to telling stories that reflect and inspire our diverse audience and we look forward to celebrating with the LGBTQ students and activists from across the country.’

There will be several other honorees of the night. Kerry Washington will receive the Inspiration Award. Meanwhile, Zendaya will take home the Gamechange Award. Finally, Bruce Bozzi will receive the Champion Award.