I had quite the online discussion on social media after this story hit. Some of the details might be of use to some of you. It seems the word “queer,” which used to be an epithet and considered highly offensive to gay people, has been embraced by younger gays and is now socially acceptable. To them. Not to the older gay folks. They might still get offended. Also, I got schooled on calling gay people gay. “Gay” has always meant “homosexual” in my life experience, but it would seem today it only applies to gay men, or homosexual men, to be precise. Homosexual women are not gay. They are “lesbians” or bisexual. Or both they and gay men—or we can just call them gays now, I guess, since by definition they MUST be men, so I was told—can both be called “queer.” As for the fifteen other letters that come after LGBT now, I have no idea what they stand for and, if I’m honest, I don’t care. I don’t care for terminology. I don’t judge people’s worth based on their sexuality or gender. I’d hope that would be acceptable to most gay people—homosexual people, I mean—and that no homosexual woman would ever get offended if I mistakenly referred to her as “gay.” Similarly, I still have a hard time using “queer,” even though I am assured that it is now okay to do so, because of its historic use as a pejorative.
ANYway, it has been revelaed that Wonder Woman is bisexual. Officially revealed. George Perez was hinting at it back in the 80s. It’s kind of a given if you ask me. She lived in a society where there WERE no men, remember. Either the Amazons would all be asexual—apparently that’s what the “A” stands for in the series of letters that follows after LGBT, or alternately “N” for “neuter” or “neutral”—which doesn’t really make sense—or else they’d all be into homosexual relationships. Once Wonder Woman encountered men, she discovered she liked them, too. This is far from being as big a deal as it would have been in years past. And the fact that it isn’t? That’s a good thing.