According to the New York Times, DC and IDW will release a 144-page anthology called “Love is Love.” This anthology’s proceeds will benefit the victims of the Pulse shooting in Orlando, Florida and their families.
Marc Andreyko, the project organizer, had this to say:
“I’m a child of the 80s; I grew up with ‘We Are the World’ and Live Aid. […] Events like this shouldn’t be compartmentalized. They should hurt and we should want to change for the better.”
Andreyko makes an important point regarding overall societal reaction to Pulse. I remember — as any LGBT person in America does — what it felt like in those first few days. And I remember how quickly the mainstream media seized on the shooter’s background as a reason for the shootings.
Instead of focusing on the loss of life — and the violation of a specifically LGBT space — the media focused on the shooter’s ties to ISIS. They centered the shooter, and not the pain he caused and will keep causing for all the survivors and families by virtue of what he did.
Our grief did not receive the right focus. On top of that, the media did next to no reporting on preventing further hate crimes and mass shootings.
IDW and DC have chosen to focus on creating change in the lives of the victims and their families. This anthology will directly benefit them in a way that the mainstream media has not.
I think that we all need to consider that, and examine our priorities.
Additionally, the released image associated with this book centers LGBT people. Batwoman stands holding a flag with the US flag one side and the rainbow flag on the other.
In the immediate aftermath of the shootings, both Marvel and DC released images of iconic superheroes with rainbow stripes somehow involved in the background of the image. None of the shown superheroes were LGBT.
By focusing on Batwoman, who is gay, in the image for “Love is Love,” DC has shown that it has learned from its mistake.
“Love is Love” will sell for $9.99USD. Artists and writers include Damon Lindelof, Patton Oswalt, Phil Jimenez, and Olivier Coipel. Each story in the anthology takes up one to two pages, and more than 100 stories will feature in the book.