'Teen Titans' Welcomes New Gay Latino Superhero

We can now add to our growing list of Latino superheroes.

Tr3s is reporting that the DC Comics’ Teen Titans have added a gay Latino to their team. According to the website, the hero is named Miguel Jose Barragan, but we can call him Bunker. The new hero was born and raised in Mexico and is open about his homosexuality. According to Tr3s, Bunker’s abilities include using his mind to project bricks and shapes.

As for his sexuality, Bunker has already been criticized by some in the LGBT community. There have been accusations that he reflects a stereotype; Bunker has been described as “flamboyant” by the writers of Teen Titans and, according to Tr3s, is dressed in colorful pink attire and dons earrings.

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In response to the criticism, Inside Pulse reports that Teen Titans artist Brett Booth took to his blog to share his thoughts on the brewing issue. He said the team wanted to show an interesting character who’s homosexuality is part of him, “not something that’s hidden.” “Sure they are gay people who you wouldn’t know are gay right off the bat, but there are others who are a more flamboyant, and we thought it would be nice to actually see them portrayed in comics,” Booth wrote. “Did we go over the top, I don’t think so. I wanted you to know he might be gay as soon as you see him.”

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Booth emphasized that Teen Titans is partly about diversity of any kind. We do see more diversity in the most recent lineup, which kicked off its issue #1 this September. Tr3s reports that, besides Bunker, the other new members include an African-American girl named Skitter and an Indian superhero named Solstice.