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Recently, I stumbled across a rather annoying tweet from Comic Book Resources. Big surprise, right? A shit factory pumps out a fresh log, not exactly something unexpected. The entire tweet just read “Teen Titans’ Beast Boy Needs To Come Out of the Closet”. I immediately lost my shit. How dare they suggest that sweet, wholesome, utterly stupid, hopeless romantic Gar was gay! Immediately, I just went on a tirade, yelling about The Judas Contract and how Gar’s heart breaking was such a big thing. It was all rather incendiary and without any sign of a social filter. This is not even something that DC has said they’re doing, just CBR’s own speculative garbage, yet here I was, taking the bait, and getting mad about it.
So there I sat, all wound up. “They wanna make Gar gay! He’s totally straight!” But this was my big fuck up: forgetting there was always option 3. Kind of silly, given that I’m bisexual yet I did not see it as an option. It took me more hours than I’d like to admit to connect those dots. I immediately broke down into a Yes/No situation, and option 3 just was not there. So take this as a bit of a mea culpa; I apologize for forgetting I exist. I joke, obviously, but I do have to apologize for my own mild stupidity, there.
That bit of concession aside, I stand by the core of my argument. Beast Boy being somehow retconned into being gay would just be foolish, the kind of fodder we see in the fanfiction community. It’d just reek of agency removal. So let’s ignore that option straight out, as it is patently ludicrous.
We’re left with Beast Boy being bisexual. Okay, I can see the arguments for it, and they do make some sense. Gar is always the one in a relationship seeking the attention, approval, and affection. He wears his heart on his sleeve. Commonly, these would be associated to the feminine role in a relationship. But his being bisexual would do nothing for his character, adding a dimension that was not hinted at in the 52 years of his publication history. It would do nothing to serve the story, which is paramount in any comic.
However, I would posit that it’d break boundaries that have greater need of breaking if Gar were straight, but had that connection to his feminine side. It’s so easy to just have a character with that feminine side written off as being gay or bisexual, as if those traits were a symptom of being gay or bi. People spend so much time complaining about the masculine dominance of comics; this would be a perfect challenge to the status quo. A character that does not fit any mold, in touch with normally feminine traits within himself, but still secure in his sexuality. What you’d wind up with would be a deeper character, one standing out as proof that even the most heterosexual humanly possible can still have that identity. Or did metrosexuality die out while I was off somewhere getting high?
Any way it would get written (as, again, this is just me flying off the handle about a speculative piece by a comics “news” site), I just hope whatever sexuality Gar winds up with fits the character. That’s all I ever want, consistency in continuity. As long as we don’t end up with character assassination for social and/or political masturbation, I’m all good.