Themiscyra, the island home of Wonder Woman and her Amazon sisters, has officially welcomed its first known transgender Amazon.
The character of Bia, a Black trans woman, was introduced in the first issue of the DC Comics series “Nubia & The Amazons,” out this week. She is one of five women who have entered the Amazon world through the Well of Souls, “a portal through which women who have died as a result of the terror of ‘Man’s World’ are reborn, given new life among the immortal women,” Screen Rant reports. Their memories of their previous lives are erased.
“I don’t know how to explain it yet, but this exact moment feels like my soul has desired it long before I came here,” she says. She then chooses the name Bia, as all who have come through the portal give themselves new names.
On Twitter, Stephanie Williams and Vita Ayala, the writers of the series, confirmed that Bia is trans. They also said she “isn’t a box to tick … [she] is important to her community. Just as Black trans women are important to us in real life.” In a skill test, she demonstrates expertise at navigating a maze.
We didn’t want to make An Announcement because we wanted to introduce the character in an organic way, but it is not a secret! We are glad people picked up on it, but if y’all hadn’t we would have made sure to say it so it wasn’t hand-twaveable subtext! https://t.co/XsHp5wGBLv
— ✊🏾🇵🇷Vita ‘Emancipated Blacula’ Ayala🏳️🌈🎃 (@definitelyvita) October 21, 2021
“With violence against the transgender community sadly rising in the United States, readers are allowed to link the two elements of the story, presuming Bia was one victim of such violence in her previous life,” Screen Rant notes. Black women represent the majority of victims of fatal violence against the trans population.
Nubia, the new queen of the Amazons in the series, is also Black.
Lynda Carter, who played Wonder Woman in the popular 1970s TV series, tweeted her support for trans women this week.
Trans women are Wonder Women. End of story.
— Lynda Carter 🎃 (@RealLyndaCarter) October 19, 2021
The introduction of Bia comes shortly after another milestone for inclusivity in the DC universe. This month it was revealed that the new Superman, Jon Kent (son of Clark), is bisexual, and panels from “Superman: Son of Kal-El,” showed him kissing a male love interest, reporter Jay Nakamura.
This article originally appeared on Advocate.com, and is shared here as part of an LGBTQ+ community exchange between Q Voice News and Pride Media.