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You probably know of more comic characters who are gay than real people. Think about it. Unless you really hang out with throngs of LGBT people you probably know of one, maybe two or three. Maybe George Takai as well.
In comics, however, you probably know of Batwoman, Green Lantern, possibly Hulkling and Wiccan of Young Avengers, the Ambiguously Gay Duo, Hercules, even certain versions of Wolverine.
You may not know they’re gay, but a number of major characters have been outed. I knew of some of these characters (Wiccan, Hulkling, Northstar) and their alternative sexualities before reading this, as well as some of the characters the preamble mentions (Kate Kane- Batwoman, Alan Scott- Green Lantern), but others were news to me, mostly characters I didn’t know of anyway (Shrinking Violet, Pied Piper).
Really, it seems like Marvel is the better company for gay characters. DC treats them as publicity stunts. DC characters who are mentioned as just happening to be gay in the comics, as opposed to being outed to the media through a press release, are a small club. Marvel characters are gay as part of the general complexity they typically have over and above DC characters.