“Love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love, cannot be killed or swept aside,” Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ode to the LGBTQ+ community, has grown into a rallying call.
In late 2016, IDW, a prominent comic publisher, partnered with DC Comics to amplify that call with the release of “Love is Love,” an anthology, created by some of the most well-known creatives in the industry and featuring some of its most famous characters (including Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman), to raise money for victims, survivors, and the families of the Pulse nightclub shooting.
Free Comic Book Day reports that the book has raised $165 thousand so far, and that all proceeds were handled by both the non-profit organization Equality Florida, and the One Orlando Fund, which was set up by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer in response to the attack. While the One Orlando Fund is no longer accepting donations, it has doled out $27,410,000 and processed 299 claims to date, according to its official site.
One artwork features characters from Harry Potter created by celebrated comic book artist Jim Lee with JK Rowling’s personal blessing. It quotes gay Hogwarts headmaster, Albus Dumbledore, “Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.”
Such a profound outpouring of creative and financial support cannot be swept aside and neither can the love, strength, and determination of the LGBTQ+ community.