Thursday, August 26, 2010

Reason #1457 Why Judge Dredd is Awesome: Gays

The title got your attention, didn't it?

Allow me to explain.

Judge Dredd takes place about 100+ years from now.  One of the ways that medical science has advanced in that time is that men can now bear children.  This means that gay male couples can have biological children (cloning and genetic engineering are also well established in the Dredd Universe).  

What is awesome is the way they portray gays in the comic: like normal people.  Especially gay men.  From what I've read they don't tend to portray them as flaming.  In fact, given that the stories often center on lawbreakers, gay men are often portrayed as tough gang members.  This is completely contrary to how gay men are portrayed in basically any genre in the USA.

I just find it refreshing.

Above panels from Judge Dredd Megazine #300 (2010).