Green Lantern, The Justice League’s fearless crime fighter, has come out of the closet.

“This was my idea,” James Robinson, the series’ writer, said. “He doesn’t come out. He’s gay when we see him in issue two. He’s fearless and he’s honest to the point where he realized he was gay and he said ‘I’m gay.’”

The second issue of Earth 2 will hit stands this Wednesday. [SunTimes]

Using Gospel Music’s Secrets to Confront Black Homophobia: Anthony Heilbut, a black gospel music historian, is slated to release a new book bent on revealing the “hypocrisy of the black church’s opposition to gay marriage.” Titled The Fan Who Knew Too Much, the work aims to show how LGBT people have contributed to Christian music and art and call out those church members who oppose same-sex marriage.

“The family secret has become public knowledge,” Heilbut wrote, “and the black church, once the very model of civil rights, has acquired a new image, as the citadel of intolerance.” [NYTimes]

Madeline Miller Wins 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction: In her debut novel, The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller tells the story of the young Greek hero through the eyes of his male lover. The work earned her the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction. Her award included 30,000 pounds and a bronze figure called the “Bessie”. The prize has been awarded since 1996 to the best novels written by women. [MadelineMiller]

Book on 2 Lesbians Raising Children Removed from School Library Shelves: After parents stirred up controversy about a book titled In Our Mothers’ House, the children’s work has been yanked from Davis County elementary school libraries. Why? Because the children in the book have two moms. Now, kids will need permission slips from their parents to take home the book, which will be tucked away behind library counters. The Utah district also plans to target other gay-themed books, including And Tango Makes Three and Totally Joe. [TheRepublic]

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