“How The X-Men Made Me Gay”
The last time we dropped by The Nib, it was to read about a Black comic book artist asked to lighten a biracial character’s skin. But the comics site recently posted another must-read strip by John Leavitt entitled “The X-Men Made Me Gay”.
Fans of the X-Men already know that the comic book uses mutant superpowers as a thinly-veiled metaphor for personal identity. As the X-Men and their fellow mutants face prejudice for being different, readers see themselves and other historically targeted groups — like Black people, LGBT folks and people with disabilities. The recognition can sometimes awaken people to their own unique identities.
We’d say more, but you should really go and read the entire comic for yourselves.