Did DC’s Earth-2 immediately ruin the positive PR of Green Lantern being gay? Dennis Farr suggests so, over at political site Think Progress:
[Alan Scott's boyfriend] Sam serves to highlight two things. First, DC was pushing an interracial, same-sex relationship. This sounds great from a diversity standpoint (and somewhat mirrors Northstar’s current relationship), but when the non-white character is the one who is easily disposed of, it becomes a bit troubling. Second, they firmly established that Scott is now gay, and can move on, eliminating the need to worry about how to fit Sam, or the relationship, into the picture as much (I am sure Alan’s PTSD will come up again when it’s convenient). They may introduce new lovers, bring Sam back, or just milk the distraught Scott trick.
Unfortunately, at this point, I am left not wanting to return. I have more than enough media where I get to see painfully unsuccessful same-sex relationships, and read more than enough news of harm inflicted on the LGBT community. I am left wondering what would make this Green Lantern specifically interesting to me. Watching him go through pain? As yet, they have defined nothing else about him as queer man. While on the one hand, this is normalizing gay men into the broader culture, it also means that the queer history and culture I know and live is not present.