Bia, the first trans Amazon, has been introduced in the new Wonder Woman series Nubia and the Amazons. (Twitter/@Steph_I_Will/DC Comics)
DC Comics has become a little bit queerer as Themyscira, the island home of Wonder Woman, officially welcomed its first known trans Amazon.
The creators of DC’s new series Nubia and the Amazons have confirmed that trans women can be Amazons and are welcomed onto Themyscira – the island nation of the female warrior women known as the Amazons.
The first comic in the series begins with a flashback to Bia’s arrival on Themyscira. In the DC universe, the Amazons are born through the Well of Souls, a portal through which women who died as a result of violence at the hands of men are given a new life among the immortal Amazons. As part of this process, their memories of their previous lives are erased.
These women are welcomed and tested upon their arrival to Themyscira to find out what their future roles could be in society. Part of this initiation includes the newcomers presenting themselves and their decided name in the Royal Palace.
In an emotionally charged moment, Bia stands up with tears in her eyes to introduce herself to the women gathered around her.
“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 said. “I am Bia!”
On Twitter, writers Stephanie Williams and Vita Ayala confirmed that “one of the newest Amazons is a Black trans woman”. Williams wrote it was important for the team to not only “reintroduce Nubia and establish her definitive role” in the DC universe (DCU) but also to “make clear that Themyscira is a place for ALL women”
“When [Ayala] and I were thinking of a way that provided us with a tool to make things as clear as possible, the Wells of Souls was right there, allowing endless possibilities for the Amazons of Themyscira,” Williams wrote. “It’s essential in opening this world up for future writers.”
She added: “Bia will have a role on Themyscira beyond just existing – she isn’t set dressing, she isn’t a box to tick, she is a fully-fledged character that is important to her community.
“Just as Black trans women are important to us in real life.”
Bia will have a role on Themyscira beyond just existing – she isn’t set dressing, she isn’t a box to tick, she is a fully fledged character that is important to her community.
Just as Black trans women are important to us in real life.
— ✨Steph✨ (leave a message at the beep) (@Steph_I_Will) October 21, 2021
Ayala also wrote on Twitter that the team didn’t want to announce the trans character 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,” she said.
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
Needless to say, fans were over the moon at the news that a trans character had been introduced into the DCU.
In a comic made BY queer folks, including a trans/nb writer, the most long-standing superhero idea of Women being Powerful and Strong and Capable, home of fucking WONDER WOMAN, is saying "yes, that means you too, this is your home" to trans folks and that's
— Zoe Death-Knell, Beach Witch (@Blankzilla) October 21, 2021
I am ???? right now. Wonder Woman & Nubia were essential to nurturing the girl inside that I could not express while growing up. Now @DCComics with @Steph_I_Will have created a Black trans Amazon, giving trans girls potentially lifesaving representation. ????️⚧️ @translashmedia @glaad https://t.co/A8pNoAICxg
— Imara Jones (@imarajones) October 23, 2021
Wonder Woman said trans women ARE women✨
Gonna have to pick me up a copy~ https://t.co/LyF4X7QfPE
— Spooky Dad-Humping WereBork (@SigmaWuff) October 23, 2021
i'm so happy we're finally getting trans amazons in wonder woman lore there's only been one issue of nubia out but i can tell that the writer did some major research into the wonder and greek mythos i feel like if this comic manages to become a regular it will be mega successful
— addy | spooky era ???? (@yarasnubia) October 21, 2021
oh my god oh my god oh my god CANON TRANS AMAZONS. THANK YOU STEPH.
(when I first read it, I was confused why she was so happy, my assumption was her being a closeted lesbian in her past life because “bia”)
— Jillian is big lesbian for HARLEY QUINN (@protobutch) October 21, 2021
I DID NOT KNOW THIS AND I FUCK WITH THIS SO MUCH MORE NOW!! I’M FUCKING GLAD I BOUGHT 2 ISSUES!!! pic.twitter.com/6thv6qvrct
— Jamal Buchanan aka Bucknasty Barnes (@DatGrayson) October 21, 2021
The confirmation that trans women are welcome on Themyscira comes as Wonder Woman actor Lynda Carter recently put out a simple but powerful message on social media in support of the trans community.
“Trans women are Wonder Women,” Carter said. “End of story.”
So if Wonder Woman says it, it’s true.