DC Comics writer Tom Taylor has revealed the way he has chosen to deal with the hateful homophobes who continue to send abusive messages over his bisexual Superman storyline.
In Superman: Son of Kal-El #5, Jon Kent – who is the son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane, and the current Superman – came out as bisexual and began dating a reporter named Jay Nakamura.
Following its release in November 2021, fans shared their delight about the storyline and DC Comics reported receiving an “unprecedented” number of orders for the issue.
However, a small number of trolls have been targeting Taylor over the bisexual Superman storyline and the writer revealed the genius way he has been responding to them.
Taking to Twitter, Taylor said he had been getting death threats and shared a screenshot of one of the horrific messages.
He added: “Miroslav from Facebook, like so many before you, I made a donation to @minus18youth in our name [rainbow flag emoji]”.
Taylor also posted the digital receipt which confirmed he had made a $50 donation made to the Australian organisation.
— Tom Taylor (@TomTaylorMade) January 10, 2022
Minus18 helps improve LGBT+ lives by creating safe spaces, offering training and resources and helping youth learn the skills and get the opportunities they need to succeed.
It appears Taylor has been making donations in the name of people who sent him death threats for quite some time as a way to deal with the unwarranted hate he’s been receiving.
Bisexual Superman ‘stands for everyone’ – even the haters
Sadly, there has been some vocal anti-LGBT+ backlash against the comic.
Journalist Raymond Arroyo lashed out at DC Comics for “sexualising superheroes”.
Former Superman actor Dean Cain, who portrayed the Man of Steel on the 1993 TV series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, also dismissed the move as “bandwagoning”.
“I don’t think it’s bold or brave or some crazy new direction,” he added. “If they had done this 20 years ago, perhaps that would be bold or brave.”
But undeterred Taylor has since hinted that the young Superman will reveal more about his identity and love life to those closest to him in upcoming issues.
This will include one of his close friends, Damian Wayne, who is the son of Batman and one of several people who take on the mantle of Robin.
Taylor promised that the young Kent’s “thing” in the comics will be that he “stands for everyone”, including those who are “oppressed” or “underrepresented”.