Let's agree right now: 5 is a low number.
Visibility for transgender people is increasing every year, but we've still got a long way to go. While Orange is the New Black and The Fosters are doing great work highlighting the experiences of trans people, unfortunately there's still a long way to go. That being said, here are five transgender characters from comics: here's to them, and the many more I hope will come after them.
Alysia Yeoh- Batgirl
She's an activist from Singapore, and Barbara Gordon's roommate. Written by Gail Simone, Alysia is the first contemporary trans character in mainstream comics.
Donatella- Young Liars
Created by David Lapham, Donatella also occasionally presents as "Don", and while the series was cancelled before the character could be expanded on, it's understood that Donatella is a trans woman.
Desire might be more accurately described as genderfluid, since the character has been portrayed presenting as more than one gender and conforming to none.
Lord Fanny- The Invisibles
She's trained as a witch and is one of The Invisibles, and has absolutely zero time for any bs.
Marisa Rahm- Deathwish
Lieutenant Rahm is a police officer working a gruesome case: tracking down a serial killer.