Kathy Kane is her day time alter ego and the comic series revealed her secret lesbian status through an affair with out female police detective Renee Montoya in 2006.
In November, 2008 the comic series killed off Batman and this June will be reintroducing Kathy Kane/Batwoman as his replacement for a 12 month serial.
She is being billed as a "Lesbian socialite by night and a crime fighter by later in the night."
Holy Lipstick lesbian!
So Batwoman is our new celesbian. I wonder how long before she gets her own AfterEllen.com vlog?
What's funny is when this character was first introduced in 1956, it was as a love interest for Batman to squelch the rumours that he was gay. You know, rich older guy hanging out in a mansion with a younger man - people will talk. So Batwoman was originally his beard.
Don Didio, the executive director of DC comics notes she is open about her sexuality with her friends, but has not come out to her family.
This is the first time ever a gay character is the star of a superhero comic.