“How The X-Men Made Me Gay” Books

“How The X-Men Made Me Gay”

Written by Daniel Villarreal on August 20, 2016
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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”.

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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.

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We’d say more, but you should really go and read the entire comic for yourselves.

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