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Stan Lee's Death Brings Tributes, Critiques From LGBTQ Twitter

Stan Lee's Death Brings Tributes, Critiques From LGBTQ Twitter

LBGTQ People are Sharing What Marvel Characters Mean to Them

Many LGBTQ fans said they could relate to Lee's Marvel Comics characters, while there were also accusations of bigotry -- and rebuttals.

The news of Stan Lee's death today has led some LGBTQ fans to share fond remembrances of the man and his work, others to scorn him.

Lee, the writer, editor, and publisher who created or co-created many of Marvel Comics' most famous superheroes, including the X-Men, Spider-Man, and Black Panther, died at age 95 in Los Angeles.

Many LGBTQ fans of posted on Twitter to mourn and share how much the characters he created meant to them. But others called him racist and homophobic, and accused him of various unsavory behaviors.

But many Marvel fans contended Lee was not homophobic, racist, or bigoted in any way. These fans note that Lee once called bigotry and racism a deadly social plague and had a conversation with Newsarama in which he said there was "certainly" a place for "gay superheroes" in the Marvel Universe -- although he said characters who were created as white and straight, like Spider-Man, should stay that way.

LGTBQ fans also pointed out that they could especially relate to the X-Men, a group of powerful outcasts often seen as a metaphor for the queer experience.

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