Trans characters are nearly non-existent (Praise Moses for Alysia Yeoh), and Black trans characters? *crickets* Queer identities are often examined through the lens of Whiteness in media, especially comics, so to have someone whose race intersects with his gender identity challenges common understanding of trans and queer narratives. (Read more)
Allen Thomas, "Representation and health 101: Masquerade," Comicosity, February 9, 2016.
In 1993, a group of African American artists and writers consisting of Michael Davis, Derek T Dingle, Denys Cowan, and Dwayne McDuffie formed Milestone Comics. Their vision was to create a universe consisting of ethnically and sexually diverse characters for millennial readers... Masquerade, a shape-shifting mutant, was born female but used his shape-shifting abilities to assume the form of a man, in which he felt more comfortable. Having queer African American characters in the Dakotaverse was a very bold choice for Milestone, but it broke barriers in representation for comic books as a whole. (Read more)
Roger Reynolds Jr., "The Dakotaverse: DC's Black community," Geeks, 2018.