Joe Glass - Fan, journalist, blogger, writer, creator of The Pride
I’m a gay, Welsh, chubby man and a massive comics fan. Finding my way into my beloved medium through the X-Men cartoon of the 90s AND the X-Men comics (especially Generation X), comics were there for me as I was coming to terms with my sexuality and made me feel like it was okay to be different, and that some things in life, like equal rights and peace for everyone are worth fighting for.
But I always felt that comics needed to work towards greater diversity. My beloved X-Men were good analogues for the gay rights movement and being LGBT, but I wanted characters who were open and visibly LGBT too.
I work towards that now with my comic series, The Pride, about a team of LGBT superheroes. I write about LGBT representation and more in my blog Tales from the Four Color Closet, originally with Sidekickcast and now with Bleeding Cool. I also work on including LGBT in all of my comics work, including a gay character in a comic I co-write, Stiffs.
I love comics. I adore the medium. I love superheroes and what they can mean to people. I love being a geek. But I think that the geek community and comics can be better, and can be more representative, equal, broader and a happier place for all. That is what I will fight for, that is what I, and my work, is here for.
My name is Joe Glass, and I am comics.
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