LGBT-Black Superheroes

 Hate is a choice. Sexual orientation is not…


Comics and superheroes have taught me allot over the years. Before we dive in let us clear the air, I’m from a homophobic culture and a homophobic family. My fans have taught me quite a bit about LGBT culture especially the transgender issues and gender specific identifiers. But I have outgrown my culture of Homophobia thanks to superhero comics. To this day I can still remember Green Lantern Issue #154 published November 1, 2002. It had a support character Terry Berg who was just coming to terms with his sexuality beaten to near death because he kissed his boyfriend outside a club. Expertly written by Judd Winnick and illustrated by Dale Eaglesham. It was a moment that really brought home the simple things denied to some human beings because they either don’t think or act the same way as the majority or have a different belief. This month is LGBT Pride month and is celebrating with a list of our favorite LGBT Black Comic characters.


  1. Prodigy

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Created by: Christina Weir and Nunzio DeFilippis.

1st appearance: New Mutants vol.2 #4, 2003


David Alleyne is a former student of the Xavier’s school for the gifted. While a student’s he lead the reformed New Mutant squad and had a rivalry with Hellion. After being de-powered on M-Day he had all the knowledge and skills he had ever accessed, activated. Now one of the most brilliant minds on earth he sides with Cyclops during Schism. After Avengers vs. X-men he defected from the X-men and joined the Young Avengers where it was revealed he was bi-sexual.




  1. Thunder (Anissa Pierce)

Publisher: DC Comics

Created by Judd Winick and Tom Raney

1st appearance: Outsiders vol. 3 #1, August 2003


Anissa Pierce is the first daughter of Jefferson Pierce/Black Lightning and his wife. She has the ability to control her density. At the age of twenty-two, she graduated from pre-med from Tulane University. She was recruited by Arsenal and Nightwing into the Outsiders; they noted “she’ good, but she has allot to learn”. She eventually started a relationship with the Amazon Grace Choi and is also made her debut on the CW’s Black Lightning!!



  1. Ninja G

Created by: Matt Kindt and Christos Gage

1st appearance: Ninjak (V3) #1 (March, 2015)

Publisher: Valiant Entertainment


NINJA-G was a member of the super secret british intelligence unit MI6 during the mid 1970s-early 1980s. A badass black woman, the first female Ninja agent, and one of the best. Seeing that her trajectory was leading nowhere good, she faked her death and started a new life. She’s still around and still deadly. If Cleopatra Jones or Foxy Brown was a ninja she would be Ninja G!




  1. Fifty

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Created by: Garth Enis

1st appearance: Punisher presents: Barracuda #2

Brief Biography

Fifty was a general in the United States Army and an old friend of Barracuda. They met while they were both serving in the United States Army. When Barracuda planned a coup of Leopoldo Luna’s crime operation, he was contacted so he left his army post to be with him. Once in Santa Morricone he started a relationship with Leopoldo Luna. He was forced to defend the compound when they were attacked by an opposing army.  The next day while on a hellicoper ride with Barracuda and Leopoldo, the latter tried to have them killed. When fifty showed the homophobic Leopoldo his genetalia the villain was driven mad by what he had done. Along with Baraccuda they faced down an impending army. In the battle fifty was killed. Fifty was also a cross dressing bisexual that was in love with violence and combat!



  1. Bilquis

Created by:  Neil Gaiman

1st appearance: American Gods, 2001

Portrayed by: Yetide Badak


Bilquis—also called Bilqis or Balkis or Makeda—was the legendarily beautiful and uncommonly wise Queen of Sheba. Legend has it she is at least half djinn (or genie). In both the Bible and the Koran, she meets with—and is not outwitted by—King Solomon of Israel.

Bilquis is one of the old gods and considered a goddess of love. In the modern age she seduces men and women and engages in sexual intercourse with them. She then places them in a trance and has them worship her. She then consumes them body and soul with her Vagina thus rejuvenating some of her power.



  1. Rococo

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Created by: Peter David & Emanuela Lupacchino

1st appearance: X-Factor #216 (May, 2011)


Her real name is unknown as is her past before she became a test subject in the S.C.A.R.s project founded by General Sam Ryan, Dr. Young Soo Pock, and J. Jonah Jameson. As a potential new super soldier she and Ballistique were given cybernetic upgrades to grant them superpowers, unfortunately a side effect was mental instability. On test missions they relished killing and as a result went outside protocol becoming mercenaries to indulge their homicidal tendencies. Deemed a failure her memories were wiped and they became civilians.

She lived as nurse Cocoa for many years before Ballistique regained her memories and attacked her with a flamethrower which revealed her metallic epidermis once she was set ablaze. This caused her to regain her memories and the two journeyed to New York to kill mayor J. Jonah Jameson. During a fight with X-Factor investigations she took down the cat she noted “She had the Sweetest little rump” suggesting she was either Gay or Bisexual.



  1. Aqualad (Reb00t)

Publisher: DC Comics

Created by: Greg Weisman, Brandon Vietti and Phil Bourassa

1st appearance: Brightest Day #4, 2010


(Jackson Hyde) is the son of Black Manta and the successor to the Aqualad mantle. He grew up a gay teenager with a homophobic mother who kept his father’s identity from her son. His hydrokinetic power developed early in his life but was forbidden from using them even when alone by his mother. When he was all but rejected by his boyfriend he left New Mexico to join the Teen Titans. After saving the team from King Shark he was inducted into their ranks. He would later learn his father’s identity, the reason he had powers and was finally gifted with the name Aqulad by the previous holder, now tempest.




  1. Aneka

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Created by: Jonathan Maberry and Will Conrad

1st appearance: Black Panther Vol.5 #8, 2005

Her childhood is shrouded in mystery.

Aneka was one of the Captains of the Dora Milaje who trained young recruits at Upanga under the watchful eyes of Mistress Zola [Black Panther- World of Wakanda #1, 2016]. Aneka was an integral part of the Dora Milaje during the reign of Queen Shuri after T’challa abdicated the throne. She was also instrumental in training the Dora Milaje when Dr. Doom allied with the Desturi and staged a major coup. She was tasked by T’challa to create a new fighting style to combat Doom’s Doombots.

After the battle she remained loyal to the crown despite the doubts that lingered in her mind. It was during this recuperation time that she met a young recruit named Ayo who reminded her of herself and who she was drawn to. The young woman would test her boundaries and skills constantly but she resisted yielding to their attraction. They eventually rebel against the crown as she and Ayo, became lovers.



  1. Domino Swift

Publisher: Image Comics

Created by:  Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, and Babs Tarr

1st appearance: Motor Crush #1, 2016


Domino Swift competes for fame and fortune in a worldwide motorcycle racing league. By night, she cracks heads of rival gangs in brutal bike wars to gain possession of a rare, valuable contraband: an engine-boosting “machine narcotic” known as Crush. Unique physiology allows her to ingest the “machine narcotic” known as Crush which kills a normal human but instead grants her superhuman speed.



  1. Bling

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Created by: Peter Milligan and Salvador Larroca

1st appearance: X-Men, vol. 2 #171

Brief Biography
The celebrity daughter of hip hop stars Roy “Daddy Libido” Washington and Angel “Sexy Mutha” Depres, Roxy was dancing in her parents music videos from an early age. During puberty her powers manifested and she turned her back on the music industry to enroll in the Xavier’s institute. On M-day she retained her powers but lost in Emma Frost’s showdown in the Danger room resulting in her not being trained as an x-man. This however doesn’t stop her from being taken to Limbo and tortured when Illyana Rasputin is returned to life. When Apocalypse returns she is given front line duty and was highly recommended by Rogue and Havok to join the jr X-men team.  Roxy however wasn’t interested and was even contemplating leaving the x-men when the government started treating Xavier’s as an internment camp. She accompanies the x-men when they go to San Francisco and establish Utopia. Along with Frenzy and Nekra she took on Ms Marvel. Later on she is captured by Emplate who uses her as food. She has admitted being attracted to women.



  1. Josiah Power

Publisher: DC Comics

Created by: Kurt Busiek and Tom Grummett

1st appearance: JLA #61 (February 2002)


Josiah was an openly gay top class lawyer based in Metropolis home to Superman. Some would argue he was one of the best lawyers in the world until his meta-gene was activated during the Thanagarian invasion. Because his powers manifested in court he was let go by his firm despite having no interest in being a superhero.

Working through depression and motivated by Superman he combined his knowledge and his profile as a public meta-human to create a business with partners and associates based around “Superheroes for Hire”.  He lived with his life partner Rupert. Josiah and his team were defeated by Dr. Impossible and villains using god tech from New Genisis. When they were found by the Justice League the team was much shaken when they found Josiah near death since according to Superman he was one of the most powerful Meta-humans ever.



12. Baal

Publisher: Image Comics

Created by:  Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie

First Appearance: The Wicked+The Divine #1, 2014

Brief Biography

Baal can refer to a number of gods from the Middle East that are roughly contemporary to the Old Testament – Baal (meaning “Lord”) in most cases refers to the god of the Canaanite tribes around Carthange (known as Baal-Hamon), and the Baal-Hadad version that appears in The Wicked and the Divine is the god of the Phoenicians – a people who are believed to have originated from the Canaanites. In Wicked +Divine Baal is a new age god modelled after Kanye West who also happens to be bisexual, a member of the pantheon and able to control electricity and fire. He has been intimate with many of the other gods most notably Inanna and Laura.



  1. Catastraphe Jen

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Created by: Ron Zimmerman, John Severin

1st appearance: Rawhide Kid Vol 3 #2 (May, 2003)


Lesbian member of the Cisco Pike Gang. Nothing is known of her past before she joined them. She had a compulsion to kill men that often put her at odds with Cisco Pike as she killed not just enemy or random men but also her male gang members. Unlike the other gang members she survived the battle with Rawhide Kid.

She was last seen attending the sheriff’s wedding with her girlfriend apparently now the deputy sheriff.



  1. Persephone

Publisher: Image Comics

Created by:  Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie

First Appearance: The Wicked+The Divine #1,2014


Born to a black father and White mother in London, England, Laura was a teenager who always knew she was meant for so much more. When the Pantheon make their debut she is instantly smitten and becomes their “fangirl”. Laura Wilson, currently known as Persephone, the Greek Goddess of springtime, vegetation, flowers, fertility, death, rebirth and the underworld, is a teenage girl who became embroiled in the Recurrence when she befriended the god Lucifer. Obsessed with the Pantheon, she eventually achieved her dream of becoming a god herself. She also appeared in the 1920’s Recurrence, and presumably in all Recurrences, although unseen. Persephone is the God that Ananke’s sister claim would appear last during each Recurrence.



  1. Kyle Jinadu

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Created by:  Matt Fraction and Greg Land

1st appearance: Uncanny X-men #508, 2009


Kyle has been a long-time friend of Aurora for years and through her he met her brother Northstar. Years later after Northstar had written books, taught of the Xavier Institute for higher learning, been outed as Gay and become world renowned as the first gay superhero, Kyle was asked by Northstars sister to keep a eye on her brother and manage ” Team Northstar Extreme Snow sports” which included public appearances and schedule as a celebrity. This lead to a relationship between the two which continued after Northstar rejoined the X-men. Kyle has been very supportive of his boyfriend’s career despite the danger. They later got married.



  1. Voodoo (clone)

Publisher: Wildstorm Comics

Created by:  Ron Marz and Sami Basri based on the original created by Jim Lee and Brandon Choi

1st appearance: Voodoo #1, 2011

Brief Biography

Cloned from the cells of Priscilla Kitaen a human Daemonite hybrid who had been experimented on but escaped, she was implanted with training, memories and an inherent almost fanatical belief in the Daemonite prophecy.  Sent to earth after her programming had been checked she became a sleeper agent to gather information on earth’s heroes. She started out as a stripper located next to a military base but eventually went rouge. When her true nature as a clone was revealed to her she confronted her Daemonite handlers and after killing all who opposed her she was granted the rank of “Commander of Earth’s Hybrids”. Returning to Earth she confronted her template. On Saturn she rose to the rank of leader of the abandoned Daemonites and was now hellbent on destroying all who opposed her claim as the new leader of the Daemonites; Hellspont, Priscilla and the Daemonite lords. She was classified as a black bi-sexual superhero by DC Comics.



  1. Dale Gun

Publisher: DC Comics

Created by: Gerry Conway and Chuck Patton

1st appearance: Justice League of America Annual #2, 1984

Brief Biography

He first meets Vibe after he was exposed to the energy of an Apokalips Boom Tube which modified him on a genetic level. Assigned to bring in the new metahuman by his employers in A.R.G.U.S. he approached the young man took him to a site which housed a Para Demon and in the ensuing battle he was instrumental in Vibe activating his powers and destroying the creature. Knowing Vibe could be used to track down threats from outside earth; Dale gave the young man the code name Vibe and made him a founding member of the Justice League of America. After Vibe told his brother his secret identity Dale warned him that he should have kept his identity secret because he had now put his brother in danger.

He now works under Amanda Waller and was injured while searching for the escaped Gypsy. It was also revealed that he is married and Gay. He often does not wear his wedding band out on mission’s much o his partner’s dismay because he knows his job is dangerous and does not want any of A.R.G.U.S many enemies to know he’s married.




  1. Fade

Publisher: Milestone Comics

First Appearance: Blood Syndicate #1, April 1993

Created by: Dwayne McDuffie and Denys Cowan


Carlos Quinones joined the force syndicate with his sister Flashback in order to help them assimilate after moving to the U.S. from Dominica. He knew from early on that he was gay. While in the force syndicate, he fell in love with Tech-9, one of the founding members of  Force Syndicate, though Tech-9 had no idea of Carlos’ true feelings. His gang-banger lifestyle left a strained relationship between him and his father. On the night of the Big Bang event, he was one of many gang members to attend. Unlike most of those present, however, he was changed by the event into a super-powered being. Stretched over a three-second time span, he would remain incorporeal and almost unseen forever. Luckily, his sister Flashback‘s power anchored him in whichever time she was in.  He lost the man he loved eventually and was blackmailed due to his sexuality by teammate Masquerade. It’s unknown if he is still “in the closet” to this day.




  1. Masquerade

Publisher: Milestone Media Llc.

Created by:  Dwayne McDuffie, Ivan Velez Jr. and Denys Cowan

1st appearance: Blood Syndicate #1, 1993

Brief Biography

Born biologically a woman, most of his past is shrouded in mystery. From an early age he realized that his gender identity did not fit with his biological makeup, he was a man trapped in a woman’s body. He joined Holocaust‘s gang the Paris Bloods along with his older brother who accepted his lifestyle. Only his brother knew he was a biological female dressed as a man in the gang. On Paris island during the Big Bang his brother was killed and he gained the power to shape shift and immediately used his powers to make his body reflect what’s always been in his mind, he changed his biology to match his gender identity, becoming a man.

As Masquerade he joined the Blood Syndicate. He was eventually ousted and was kicked off the team and later became their enemy.




  1. Hero Cruz

Publisher: DC Comics

Created by: Karl Kesel & Steve Mattsson

1st appearance: Superboy and the Ravers #1, (September 1996)


Hero is the first child of Bill and Hera Cruz a black couple of African and Latino heritage. Before joining the Ravers he managed to steal the Achilles vest from the lair of a scavenger who had a stockpile of such items. Cruz then became a regular at the event horizon; an intergalactic rave featuring people from across the universe. Here he met Superboy and those who would become his teammates in the ravers. After losing the Achilles Vest he found the H-Dial and realized he could use it to become a real superhero. As a member of Superboy and the Ravers one of his persona’s “Titanic” shares a kiss and flirtation with teammates Sparx. She assumed this meant they would be in a relationship but Hero in his real persona confessed to her that he was Gay. This put a strain on their relationship as she saw this as ungodly and wrong despite him never having actually acted upon these impulses.



  1. Big Thunder

Publisher: Dc Comics

Created by: Grant Morisson

1st appearance: Seven Soldiers: Bulleteer #3, 2006


Big Thunder was a superhuman bodyguard hired to protect a mermaid during the Seven Soldiers situation. He was teamed with Bulletteer for guarding the mermaid where he met a “wanna be superhero” who was pretending to be gay. During their exchange Big Thunder said they played for the same “team”.




  1. Virtue

Publisher: DC Comics

Created by: Gail Simone and Freddie E. Williams

1st appearance: The Movement #1, July 2013


She is a metahuman with the power to ride one’s emotions. She can use this to see the emotional connections that one has with those around them. She can also use these connections to astral project herself into their vicinity. She can also sense the emotional state of others and shift into a state related to emotions in this state she is intangible and can fly. She can also induce emotional states in others and even enhance them so they can be used as an effective weapon. Born into an unnamed family with the ability to access the emotional spectrum, the same accessed by the Lantern corps of the universe. When her powers manifested she accidentally put her father in a hospital He did not recover for weeks. Her mother in fear sent her away to her aunt and told her father she was dead. She would eventually create the Movement and battle Batgirl as an openly Gay woman.


22. Shout Out

Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment

Created by: Garth Ennis

1st appearance: The Boys #4, 2006


Shout out was a member of the superhero team, Teenage Kix who were known for their edgy alternative attitudes and appearance which contrasted with the conservative “Young Americans”. Like his friends they were very immoral and unethical reveling in group sex with prostitutes, scamming hospitals etc. This behavior made them targets of “The Boys” who caught them having an orgy after defeating the villains “fearsome foursome”.

Shout Out later came out as gay to the public to garner sympathy and public appeal as they tried to climb the heroic social ladder and maintain face when the team was “blackmailed”. Informed of their blackmailers and not knowing of their reputation they engaged in a street fight and the team was severely injured and defeated.



23. Inanna

Publisher: Image Comics

Created by:  Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie

1st appearance: The Wicked + The Divine, December 17, 2014


Inanna is the Sumerian Goddess of love, beauty, sex, desire, fertility, war, combat, justice and political power, and is one of the gods of the Recurrence, symbolized by an eight-pointed star. He is known to have appeared in the 450s, 1830s and 2010s Recurrences.

Inanna’s original name was Zahid. Even before the 2010s Recurrence, he was a fan of the Pantheon. He attended Ragnarock 2013 and witnessed Laura arguing with David Blake. He also liked Cassandra’s writing and videos. Before his incarnation, Zahid was very shy and afraid of many things about himself. His “go-to cosplay was wallpaper”. His incarnation in late 2013 freed him of fear and enabled him to be whoever he wanted to be. He has had lovers of both genders over the years, most notably Baal. He’s modled after the singer Prince.



24. Ayo

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Created by: Al Ewing and Keneth Rocforte

1st appearance: Ultimates #2, 2016


Brash and young Dora Milaje who fell in love with her Captain Aneka.

When Aneka was to be executed she stole two proto-type armors and rescued her lover. Together they rebelled against the Monarchy and stared a coup to aid those they felt were neglected by the crown. They eventually take control of the Jabari Region after killing M’Baku’s brother Mandala who had started raping and killing the women on the outskirts of Wakanda.

Together they inspired other Dora Milaje to rebel against the Monarchy and those who disagreed with his methods. They eventually allied with rebels Tetu and Zenzi after they are rescued by them from the Hatut Zeraze.



25. Lafayette Reynolds

Publisher: IDW Publishing

Created by:  David Tishchman and Mariah Huehner

1st appearance: True Blood #1- part 1, July 2010


Lafayette Reynolds is a short order cook, a medium, and a major character on the HBO original series True Blood. Played by actor Nelsan Ellis on the HB series True Blood, Lafayette debuts on the episode “Strange Love” in the series’ first season, and has remained a prominent character through the series’ second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh seasons. A short order cook at his local hometown restaurant Bellefleur’s Bar and Grill, a popular local hangout formerly known as Merlotte’s Bar and Grill, Lafayette spends most of his time located in his hometown of Bon Temps, Louisiana.



26. Sakhmet

Publisher: Image Comics

Created by:  Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie

1st appearance: The Wicked + The Divine #1, December 17, 2014


Sakhmet is the Egyptian Goddess of the sun, wrath, war, destruction, plagues, sex, healing, protection and kingship, and is one of the gods of the Recurrence and is symbolized by the head of a lioness. She appeared as part of the 2010s Recurrence.

On 13 January 2010, a pre-godhood Sakhmet went on a school trip to the British Museum. A classmate accused her of crying, which she flatly denied. They both viewed a statue of the Egyptian goddess Sakhmet, and when her classmate observed that she looked sad, she responded that she was made of stone and therefore didn’t feel anything. It is implied that her father was abusive and she had some kind of trauma in her past.

Sakhmet’s incarnation was in 2013 and she was the second god to emerge. Sakhmet’s design is based primarily upon Rihanna and she is bisexual.



27. Curtis Holt

Publisher: DC Comics

Created by:  David Tishchman and Mariah Huehner

1st appearance: True Blood #1- part 1, July 2010


Curtis Holt (born c. 1986) is a bronze medal Olympic athlete and a former employee of Palmer Technologies who worked alongside then-CEO Felicity Smoak in the Design Innovations department. He is the ex-husband of Paul Holt. After learning of Green Arrow’s secret identity and the location of the Arrowcave, he joined Team Arrow as maintenance and tech support. While searching for Rene Ramirez to have him join the team, he took a beating from a group of street thugs. This inspired him to be trained and go out on the field, not wanting to feel helpless again. After discovering that Oliver Queen, John Diggle, and Felicity Smoak respectively had violated his privacy, he left the team, along with Rene and Dinah Drake to formed their own team known as New Team Arrow, until he rejoined Team Arrow to help Oliver battle Diaz, along with Rene and Dinah. Curtis is openly homosexual having once been married to Paul Holt before their divorce.



28. Lando Calrissian

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Created by:  John Lucas

1st appearance: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)


Lando Calrissian was a human male pansexual smuggler, gambler, and card player who became Baron Administrator of Cloud City and, later, a general in the Rebel Alliance. He was the owner of the Millennium Falcon before losing it to Han Solo in a game of sabacc. After losing the Falcon, Calrissian put an end to his days as a smuggler and became an entrepreneur, setting up a small mining operation on the planet Lothal before eventually becoming the leader of Cloud City in the skies of the planet Bespin.

He is portrayed by Billy Dee Williams in The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983), while Donald Glover portrays a younger Lando in the 2018 standalone film Solo: A Star Wars StoryLando also appears frequently in the Star Wars expanded universe of novels, comic books and video games, including a series of Legends novels in which he is the protagonist.



There you have it!

Our TOP LGBT Black Superheroes!


What did you think of our list, did we miss anyone?


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I'm a Caribbean born Lecturer, Multidisciplinary specialist/Androgogue/Philosophical Pedagogue; with backgrounds in Philosophy, Social Studies and Geography; founder/CEO of World of Black Heroes, freelance writer and all around comic book geek. I enjoy a good book, video games, movies and most of all fatherhood. Written credits include work for where my writing inspired the music compiliation "Kindah" available in multiple languages on Itunes, The Caribbean Journal of Education, The University of the west indies, Comicvine, Independent comics etc.

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3 thoughts on “LGBT-Black Superheroes

  • July 16, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    I don’t usually comment on anything online but as a queer black man who loves comics, this post really touched my heart. Our community needs to support & love each other. It’s still very hard out there for us so every word of your intro was such an awesome change. We appreciate knowing our allies have our backs. Thanks for making sure our heroes are visible too! Peace.

  • July 16, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    I don’t usually comment on anything online but as a queer black man who loves comics, this post really touched my heart. Our community needs to support & love each other. It’s still very hard out there for us so every word of your intro was such an awesome change. We appreciate our black and brown allies being vocal and standing up for us. Thanks for making sure our heroes are visible too! Peace.

    • July 22, 2018 at 8:38 pm

      Thanks for the kind words G.Smith! We will continue to do our part!


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