LGBT themes in comics are a relatively new concept, as lesbian , gay , bisexual , and transgender LGBT themes and characters were historically omitted from the content of comic books and their comic strip predecessors due to anti-gay censorship. LGBT existence was included only via innuendo , subtext and inference. However the practice of hiding LGBT characters in the early part of the twentieth century evolved into open inclusion in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, and comics explored the challenges of coming-out , societal discrimination , and personal and romantic relationships between gay characters. With any mention of homosexuality in mainstream United States comics forbidden by the Comics Code Authority CCA between and ,  mainstream comics contained only subtle hints or subtext regarding an LGBT character's sexual orientation or gender identity. Starting in the early s, however, LGBT themes were tackled in underground comix , independently published one-off comic books and series produced by gay creators that featured autobiographical storylines tackling political issues of interest to LGBT readers.
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For much of the 20th century, gay relationships were discouraged from being shown in comics, which were seen mainly as directed towards children. Until the Comics Code Authority CCA , which imposed de facto censorship on comics sold through news-stands in the United States, forbade any suggestion of homosexuality. The CCA came into being in response to Fredric Wertham's Seduction of the Innocent , in which comic book creators were accused to attempting to negatively influence children with images of violence and sexuality, including subliminal homsexuality. Wertham claimed Wonder Woman's strength and independence made her a lesbian ,  and stated that "The Batman type of story may stimulate children to homosexual fantasies".
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