DC Celebrates Pride with Partnerships, Free-to-Read Comics, and More!
DC’s 2022 Pride celebration will be available at your local comics shop, bookstore, library, and beyond this June with more stories, more characters, and more pride than ever. Fans can celebrate DC Pride, read comics featuring DC’s LGBTQIA+ characters, and check out all of DC’s 2022 Pride activities by visiting the DC PRIDE HUB.
This year, DC is partnering with PFLAG National, the first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people, their parents and families, and allies, to distribute 10,000 copies of DC Pride 2022, an anthology comic featuring stories from LGBTQIA+ creators and focusing on queer characters from the DC universe, to libraries across the U.S. This partnership will give readers across the country even more opportunities to see their stories and experiences reflected in DC’s incredible Super Heroes and Super-Villains.
Beginning on June 7, fans can pick up DC Pride 2022 at their local comic shop or read it as part of their premium subscription to DC UNIVERSE INFINITE, DC’s digital comic subscription platform. Also releasing in June are multiple new comic books featuring DC’s characters such as Poison Ivy, Jess Chambers aka Kid Quick, Nubia, DC’s new Queen of the Amazons, and Tim Drake, the third Robin. Young Adult Graphic Novel Galaxy The Prettiest Star, published on May 17, features a brand-new character to DC’s roster of queer characters, and rounds out the set of brand-new publishing titles from DC.
Free to read with registration on DC’s digital comic subscription platform DC UNIVERSE INFINITE beginning June 1 will be a selection of DC’s award-winning and fan-favorite titles. The first issue of DC’s GLAAD Media Award-winning Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepus Chronicles will be available to fans registered for DC UNIVERSE INFINITE along with the first three issues of 2022’s GLAAD Award-winning Crush & Lobo miniseries, DC’s 2021 Pride Anthology, Midnighter & Apollo #1, Far Sector #1 and Aquaman: The Becoming #1.
DC Shop will be offering exclusive and first-to-market tees for Pride 2022. Launching with four designs, including Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn sharing a kiss in artwork by Jen Bartel, the DC Pride hub on DC Shop will continue to roll out fun, celebratory designs all month long!
Funko, the fan-favorite collectibles company, is also celebrating Pride bringing back their Pops! With Purpose initiative releasing three rainbow Pop! editions of Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, and Robin. In celebration of Pride, a donation has been made to the It Gets Better Project, an organization that uplifts, empowers, and connects LGBTQ+ youth around the globe, as a part of the Pops! With Purpose program. Show your support and pride with the special edition rainbow collectible of DC’s Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn and Robin, available at collectibles stores and Walmart.
Earlier this year, Warner Bros. Consumer Products on behalf of DC, and Cartamundi have successfully launched DC Hybrid Trading Cards by Hro. Using the Hro® app, a new platform that combines the physical and digital world, fans are able to unlock the DC Multiverse and collect, trade, and buy DC-based hybrid NFT trading cards featuring their favorite DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains. The next digital drop will take place on June 14 in celebration of Pride Month featuring LGBTQIA+ DC characters. Keep an eye out on the Hro website, Twitter and Discord for more information about this collection as we get closer to the drop date.
Retailer Hot Topic has dozens of DC Pride-themed graphic tees to choose from, featuring numerous DC characters including Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, Midnighter, Apollo, Batwoman Kate Kane, Dreamer, Renee Montoya, Green Lantern Alan Scott and Kid Quick. The collection is currently 30% off.
And as part of its Pride Month curations, HBO Max will partner with DC to host a Super Hero Pride tray, consisting of titles from the DC Multiverse that feature characters in the LGBTQ+ community such as Naomi (premieres on 6/1), Batwoman, Harley Quinn The Animated Series, Young Justice, Constantine: City of Demons, Doom Patrol, and Peacemaker.
DC is also proud to be working in partnership with LGBTQIA+ organizations such as The Trevor Project, Family Equality, Human Rights Campaign, Athlete Ally, Mermaids (UK), Inside Out (Canada), and more, to celebrate Pride in 2022.
In June, DC Community will be hosting DC Pride Book Club discussions on stories featuring LGBTQIA+ characters. Whether you’re LGBTQIA+, an ally, or just interested in the stories and characters, everyone is welcome! DC Pride Book Club aims to be an inclusive place for all DC fans and you’ll get a cool flair when you join!
Fans can also celebrate with DC on social media, where they will be highlighting the long legacy of storytelling around LGBTQIA+ characters, as well as looking to the future of new stories and characters, as well as the creators telling these stories. Make sure to follow @DCComics on Twitter, Instagram, TikTok and YouTube to join in on the festivities.
For more information about DC Pride, visit the DC website at www.dccomics.com and follow DC on social media at @DCComics. Sign up for a free trial of DC UNIVERSE INFINITE at www.dcuniverseinfinite.com.