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Bunker Adds Diversity to TEEN TITANS

Comic Book Resources announced today new information on Miguel Jose Barragan, the upcoming new member of the Teen Titans calling himself Bunker (formerly The Wall).

Along with the name change, which had previously been mentioned in the commercial for Teen Titans, we learn that Miguel is from a Mexican village, he’s Catholic, and gay. He comes from a family and a community that could care less about his sexual orientation, and it’s reported that he’s grown up in a very angst-free environment.

From writer, Scott Lobdell: His real name is Miguel Jose Barragan.   He was raised in a very small Mexican village called El Chilar.  He was very loved by his family and the village as well — and they were as accepting of his homosexuality as they were to his super powers when they first manifested.   To that end he grew up in an angst-free environment.   He was born out of the closet and so he has a very refreshing outlook on life.

The CBR article can be found here: http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2011/09/dcs-relaunched-teen-titans-to-debut-gay-teen-superhero/

Likewise, Brett Booth has released more information and a statement on the character in his personal blog: http://demonpuppy.blogspot.com/2011/09/egad-hes-gay.html

 


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7 Comments

  1. avatar

    Interesting. This could be a really interesting thing, seeing as I don’t think there has ever been a serious take on a flamboyant gay character in comics. I just hope he’s not a one-note character who’s only trait is being the outlandish gay-guy. I’d really like to see him a fully realized character.

    And with any luck he won’t disappear abruptly like Hero Cruz (the first and only gay Titan character until now) did.

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      hmm. mixed feelings on this. as a gay man, i love seeing gay characters in comics. however, does this new kid REALLY need to have a pink costume and pink powers on top of being uber gay and flamey? and now two characters in TT have faux hawks? that look is already OUT. i’d tell brett, but i’m afraid he’d snap my head off. someone’s a sensitive sally when you critique his work. :)

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        I have mixed feelings too. Granted there aren’t many flamey gay comic characters. But its also a common stereotype, which bothers me.

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          But the thing is there ARE flamboyant gay stereotypical men in the world guys. I lived in San Francisco. Believe me on this. :P The fact this guy is flamboyant isn’t necessarily a bad thing. After all, that section of the gay community has never been represented before in the gay community. It seems only fair that even the flamboyant gays have someone they can fully associate with.

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            I mean, that section of the gay community has never been represented in comics before. :P

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            Yeah but a lot of us aren’t, and that’s why it bugs me. Mainly when I see it in movies.

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            Well neither am I, but considering all the non-flamboyant gay characters that already exist (i.e. Northstar, Anole, Karma, Obsidian, Ramsey Spencer, Hero Cruz, Hulkling, Wiccan, Creote, Savant, Kevin Keller, Colossus (Ultimate), Apollo, Midnighter, Daken, Flatman, etc…), I’m perfectly fine with there being at least ONE flamboyant gay character in comics. That group of gays deserves every right to be represented as those of use who are more low key.

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