This week is shaping up to be absolutely golden.
First news broke that the NYC City Council approved over $3 millon in funding for the creation of a residence for homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth that will be named after beloved "Golden Girl" actress and LGBT ally Bea Arthur.
And now we've discovered the brilliant video above that reimagines the superheroes from "Super Friends" as Dorothy, Blanche, Rose and Sophia from the "Golden Girls."
Bapp notes on YouTube that this is a pilot he'd "like to propose to Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, if [he] knew anyone who worked there, and if all the licenses could be obtained" and we'd like to second that motion. Quick -- someone whip up a Change.org petition!
Below, see a slideshow of LGBT comic book characters:
Hm, another gay mutant who's inspired by astronomy? Alright. When he's not slicing baddies down, he's cuddling up with X-Factor teammate and boyfriend, Rictor.
Much to the dismay of DC Comics' testosterone-driven heroes, Batwoman proudly plays for the other team. A victim of "don't ask, don't tell," this marine-turned-vigilante's sexuality is just one layer of her increasingly rich narrative. Batwoman's mature approach to gay super heroics resulted in her very own solo series.
Midnighter and Apollo
The happily married members of Stormwatch -- a secretive, peacekeeping organization that's protected the world for centuries -- have saved the world more times than Superman and Batman combined. Now there's a power couple.
This cowboy knows sure can wrangle up controversy. After spending more than half a century as a straight guy, the western hero was infamously reimaged by as a stereotypically prissy gay man by Marvel Comics.
Switching between male and female form at a moment's notice, playing with gender is no sweat for the shape-shifting alien. "Changing our gender is no different than changing our hair color." Amen to that.
As Archie Comics' one and only gay character, army brat Kevin Keller helped thrust Riverdale in the 21st century. Kevin actually beat Northstar to the altar earlier this year, when he got married in <em>Life with Archie #16</em>.
There's no one Daken loves more than himself. But that doesn't stop Wolverine's son from seducing any man or woman if it helps him get what he wants. "He's bisexual," said former <em>Daken: Dark Wolverine</em> scribe Marjorie Liu, in a interview with Newsarama.com. "And he uses sex as a tool, as a weapon."
After absorbing enough solar energy, this lesbian super-teen transforms into a living rainbow. 'Nuff said.
Though we don't know much about him, Bunker is the latest addition to DC Comic's small pantheon of gay heroes. Said costume designer Brett Booth on his blog last year, "I wanted you to know he might be gay as soon as you see him. Our [Teen Titans] is partly about diversity of ANY kind."
Part human. Part alien. Part clone? When the bisexual heroine isn't busy figuring out her true identity, she's off hunting parasitic aliens. But that doesn't seem half as fun as her other job -- as an exotic dancer.
Hulkling And Wiccan
Diversity reaches all corners of the Marvel universe, including their teenaged Young Avengers. Young, in-love, and capable of kicking Dr. Doom's teeth in, this rock solid relationship is an inspiration for young and old readers alike.
OK, seriously? Another star-based superhero? The rouge alien-turned Justice League MVP defies the DC Universe's glass ceiling, showing a limitless potential for all gay crime fighters. Plus, he hangs out with a talking gorilla -- that must count for something.
Batwoman's former lover forgoes the super heroics for scrappy, Dick Tracy-in-drag street justice. One of Batman's most trusted allies, she has the social stock most straight characters would kill for.