An antidote to Michael is Misha in Misha & His Moms Go to the Olympics. Â FCKH8.com, a for-profit T-shirt company based in Michigan, will send 10,000 copies of this coloring book featuring LGBT people and their families to children in Sochi and Moscow in response to Russiaâ€™s law imposing fines and perhaps jail time for any positive expression of LGBT issues in proximity to minors. Since then, people have been indiscriminately beaten, even if no minors were present.
Written in Russian, Misha tells about a Muscovite boy and his two lesbian mothers as they attend the Olympics in Sochi. The boy meets families of both opposite- and same-sex parents. The book also shows two straight female Olympic medal winners kissing on the winnerâ€™s platform and the Russian police beating a gay couple for holding hands. On another page, police take Misha out of his home, illustrating the recent Russian effort to legally take children from lesbian and gay parents.
As a bonus, the book is offered as a free pdf at FCKH8.com. The company also plans to distribute wristbands at the Olympics that state â€œGAY OKâ€ in both Russian and English.
Luke Montgomery, founder of FCKH8.com, said, â€œThe message of this coloring book is to let kids in Russia know that being gay is normal. Beating and imprisoning people just for being out of the closet or arresting them for simply saying that itâ€™s OK if someone in their family is gay, is an attack on human rights and a trashing of the Olympic spirit. Weâ€™re going to be breaking this homophobic law, and thereâ€™s nothing the government can do to stop it.â€ Montgomery worked with ACT UP and Queer Nation after coming out as a teen in the early 1990s and helped plan the 1993 LGBT March on Washington.
J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman have resigned as the author/illustrator team on Batwoman, citing DCâ€™s editorial interference and the publisherâ€™s refusal to allow characters Kate Kane/Batwoman and her partner Gotham City police officer Maggie Sawyer to marry each other. Heather Hogan reported in afterellen.com:Â â€œLike DC has been wanting all along, the first issue after their departure strips Kate of her independence and mystique and folds her right into Batmanâ€™s world with a tie-in to his Zero Year issueâ€¦ This isnâ€™t a Batwoman origin story at all. Itâ€™s a Batman origin story. And Kate is just a minor player in his major drama.â€ The page layouts and general art of Williams, who had been with Batwoman since its Detective Comics relaunch in 2009, â€œwere so innovative and stunning they had the potential to make you gasp out loud,â€ according to Hogan. Â [Visual 16]
[Visual 19] Archie comics is more accepting of same-sex relationships than DC. Kevin Keller, Archie Comicsâ€™ first gay character, is now dating Devon, a young man who ran away from home because of his fatherâ€™s reaction to Devonâ€™s being gay. Now Archie Comics has shown its first gay kiss. Thanks to writer and artist Dan Parent as well as Archie Comics Publications for their current approach toward culture.