Gail Simone, who wrote this thing sounds like someone in a hostage video, talking about how she’s met “so many trans readers over the years” and how “there’s a large LGBTQ readership in comics.”
Really? I mean, really? The top 300 comics combine to sell about 6.72 million copies a month. Let’s assume–just for giggles–that every one of those sales represents a single reader. (Which is obviously a gross over-count.) This UCLA professor pegs the transgender rate at 0.3 percent of the population, which seems a little high to me, but we’ll take his word for it. That puts the total number of transgender comic book readers in this little experiment at something like 20,000. But hey, maybe Gail Simone has met all of them. And besides, if all 20,000 of them hop onto Batgirl it’ll be a big deal, since the title only sells 51,000 copies a month.