Comfort from Our Heroes When We Need It Most

For many Americans, the election of Donald J. Trump and Mike Pence feels like a sucker punch. Not because the two men are Republicans, but because their campaign was run on xenophobic, Islamophobic, racism, sexism and homophobia. 

And then, not one week after his election, Trump named Steve Bannon, a known white nationalist, as chief strategist for his administration. For those of us who fall into one of those "anti" categories, Bannon is the kick after you’ve been knocked to the ground.

To be honest, it’s been hard to find a light at the end of this tunnel. But then I turned on "Supergirl."

This season of "Supergirl" has been a sophomore season smash. The first two episodes brought us Superman - a truly delightful depiction of the character that recalled Christopher Reeve’s hopeful Man of Steel.

Next, Lynda Carter — Wonder Woman herself — walked onto the screen as president of the United States. No need to talk about that highest glass ceiling; here it’s in the past. And as POTUS, she is working to usher in a day when all aliens can live among Americans freely. 

And this week, Supergirl’s sister, Alex Danvers, came out. Her coming out was handled with careful grace and complete acceptance. 

In the early '80s when I was coming out, there was no "Supergirl," no "Glee," no gay characters on TV. But now, Supergirl’s sister came out and kissed her crush on screen. It really does get better.

So while the news is filled with the politics of hate, I will find comfort in my DVR and rewatching "Supergirl" — flying heroes of hope, women who can do and be anything, and acceptance if you are alien, a person of color, gay or lesbian. 

And when our heroes gather together in their all-inclusive alien bar after fighting the bad guys, I will raise a glass to the future I want to live in.