The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Entertainment Network (GLSEN) has announced plans to give DC Entertainments its Visionary Award for what it describes as "a commitment to showcasing diverse storylines." The award will be part of GLSEN's Respect Awards ceremony October 20 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles.
“Superheroes hold an incredibly powerful place in our popular culture. Equally powerful is for LGBTQ youth to see themselves in our world, and DC enables just that," GLSEN Executive Director Eliza Byard told The Hollywood Reporter. "DC’s commitment to representing LGBTQ characters in all forms of media is both incredibly important and empowering.”
GLSEN specifically pointed to DC's Batwoman as "the first lesbain super hero as a comic lead" and Batgirl's Alysia Yeoh as comic books' "first trans character." Also named were Midnighter, Catwoman, and Renee Montoya.
"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," said Diane Nelson, DC's President.