Gail Simone started a Twitter discussion of representation in comics and it was beautiful

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Jan 22, 2018

It is a truth universally acknowledged that the best, most good and pure Twitter threads start with Gail Simone

Representation is something important to Simone - as well as so many fans of comics who rarely, if ever, get to see themselves in the characters on the pages. Simone has contributed much in that regard, including her original characters like Batgirl's Alysia Yeoh, the first major character in a mainstream comic book to be transgender. After introducing Alysia, Simone told Wired, “I looked out into the audience, saw dozens of faces I knew well — LGBTQ folks, mostly — all avid comics readers and superhero fans and DC supporters. And it just hit me: Why was this so impossible? Why in the world can we not do a better job of representation of not just humanity, but also our own loyal audience?”

That question is still on her mind today, which led to a wonderful discussion of representation on Twitter starting with Simone herself - who shared that she became more comfortable with her own red hair thanks to Batgirl, aka Barbara Gordon. 

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Her followers and fans followed suit, sharing their own moments of feeling seen by their favorite comics.

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Of course, there are still people who don't care about or for broader representation in comics, film, television or beyond. And, as Simone says, that's a "rotten look":

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