NEW YORK, August 14, 2002 ( – DC Comics, creator of Superman and Batman, is publishing what media are calling “a cutting-edge new story line: a gay teenager who is the victim of a hate crime.”  Since last year, Kyle Rayner, a.k.a. the Green Lantern superhero, has had a homosexual sidekick named Terry Berg. In issue No. 154 of the comic book Berg and his boyfriend (not the Green Lantern) are walking down a street when three men yell epithets, chase them, and give Berg a sound thrashing. The comic hits newsstands in September.  In 2001, says cartoonist Judd Winick, “Terry came out because he had a crush on Kyle. Who wouldn’t? He’s tall, with all those muscles.” He adds, “it might be that it would be great for young people to see that the Green Lantern doesn’t care that Terry is gay. He’s a person. … Terry represents acceptance. And now, in this hate crime, we’re discussing the worst side of the gay issue.”  To read newswire coverage see:   To read about homosexual activists praise for Green Lantern see:  GREEN LANTERN HONORED BY GLAAD (scroll down)


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