With good will being generated toward Terry, why then are things taking such a dark turn with the gay bashing?
''It's a story that needs to be told,'' Mr. Schreck said. Some real-life tragedies have also played a role. ''Where we're bringing Terry is very similar to the Brandon Teena and Matthew Shepard moments,'' Mr. Schreck said, referring to the cross-dressing woman in Nebraska who was murdered in 1993 and the gay University of Wyoming student who was beaten, tied to a post and left to die in 1998.(Read more)
George Gene Gustines, "A comic book gets serious on gay issues; A major character becomes a victim of a hate crime," New York Times, August 13, 2002.
The Green Lantern hate crime story line provides a compelling opportunity to examine reader response to an important moment in the history of the US comic book industry... In order to assess reader reactions to the anti-gay hate crime story line, we analyze twenty-nine unpublished letters written in response to the story line [and] argue that there was a meaningful level of understanding regarding issues of concern to the gay community among these particular letter writers. (Read more)
Valerie Palmer-Mehta and Kellie Hay, "A superhero for gays? Gay masculinity and Green Lantern" The Journal of American Culture, 28(4), December 2005. [Note: Full text available from ResearchGate.]