History

Before There Was Gay Day

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The always-interesting Jeet Heer, last spotted explaining the secret Gaelic origins of Homer Simpson, gives a guided tour through the early history of homosexuality in the comics. In one jarring entry, an encounter with an effeminate cat turns Mickey Mouse into an ass-kicking gay-basher—and I mean "ass-kicking" literally, not as a term of endearment:

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Additional strips on the tour include Little Orphan Annie, Gasoline Alley, and The Spirit, among others.

Elsewhere in Reason: After submitting to a Reason interview, a reformed Mickey starts attending gay weddings.