The First Gay, Male Slayer Debuts in Buffy Season 9
Writers Jane Espenson and Drew Greenberg will introduce a game-changer into the Buffyverse with Buffy Season 9 issue #14 in the form of a gay, male slayer named Billy.
It suddenly struck me: If being feminine doesn’t mean that you’re lesser, then liking guys also doesn’t mean you’re lesser. For very good reason, we’ve focused on the female empowerment part of Buffy, but I wondered, Did we leave something out? What if someone in high school is looking up to Buffy as a role model, and we’re saying: You can’t be a Slayer.”
This changes everything.
But does it dilute the GRRL power core of Buffy?
And lest anyone toss about accusations that Greenberg and Espenson are mucking around in shark-jumping waters here, I’d like to remind everyone that Joss Whedon himself is said to co-plot the major beats of this series and handpick the writers.
Controversy is nothing new to the series, which follows the surviving Scoobies’ adventures from where the television show ended. Writes Andrew Chambliss and Whedon tackled abortion (and robots!) in a previous issue, and LGBT themes and characters are a staple of the shared media universe.
So what do you think? Can gay boys be slayers? Should the special quality that makes a slayer have been reserved for young women? Or is a trans (robot!) reveal just over the horizon?