November 16, 2012
DC Comics has introduced plenty of gay, lesbian and bisexual superheros in recent years—and even a few transgender characters—but this week it may have broken new ground by revealing that the mystical Shining Knight is intersex. We say “may have” because the scene is open to interpretation. In Demon Knights#14, the Shining Knight—a.k.a. Ystin—is discussing future plans with a female comrade who’s seemingly taken a “shine” to the mystical hero. “I think you like one… aspect of who I am,” the Knight explains. “But I’m the other too. I was born this way. I’ve kept saying, whenever anyone asks. I’m not just a man or a woman. I’m both.” Ystin doesn’t elaborate on what the comment means exactly—was the Knight speaking literally or metaphorically? The series is set in the medieval past, so contemporary ideas of gender identity and transitioning are kind of out the window.