Transgender Comic Characters Come Out: ‘Batgirl’s’ Alysia and ‘FF’s’ Tong

Tong in a pink dress with her brothers Mik, Korr, and Turg in FF #6

Transgender characters are still a rarity in superhero comics but hopefully this is changing. Just last month, each of The Big Two featured comics in which a transgender character comes out.

I’m thoroughly enjoying Matt Fraction’s run on FF. It’s a fun, offbeat book with a lot going for it. Mike Allred’s art and a Fraction written She-Hulk both stand out, but it’s Mik, Korr, Turg, and Tong that really steal the show.

As if I didn’t dig these four little Moloids enough, this touching scene graced the pages of FF#6.

Tong tells her brothers that she is a transgender girl

This isn’t the first time Fraction’s FF has proved to be progressive. Back in FF #4, we were treated to Turg’s explanation of what a date is for.

Tong says "A date us for a mens and womens. Or mens and mens. And womens and womens. And dates are for smooching." in FF #4

But Marvel’s not alone. Here’s a scene from last month’s Batgirl #19, written by Gail Simone with art by Daniel Sampere and Vicente Cifuentes.

written by Gail Simone, art by Daniel Sampere and Vicente Cifuentes

written by Gail Simone, art by Daniel Sampere and Vicente CifuentesSimone also has plans to introduce a trans hero in another mainstream title she’s writing (my guess is The Movement).

Here’s hoping that this is a trend that continues.

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3 Responses to “Transgender Comic Characters Come Out: ‘Batgirl’s’ Alysia and ‘FF’s’ Tong”


  1. 1 The Salty Runback May 13, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    I thought Fraction did it better. Mostly because it was absolutely adorable.


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