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You may have seen this image in the recent past...

The context is a bit different, of course, so you may just want to linger here for a while.

While there's no homophobia or abuse in the images I've selected, there is in the full story. 2 pages of 6 from 2000AD Prog 1817.

This scene is taking place in Dredd's Daystick, an underground club that happens to be frequented by gay men who are into Judge cosplay.

The narrator, Taylor Cook, notes that while homosexuality is legal in Mega-City One (and gay marriage is also legal to the point it's not even an issue anymore), there are still individual homophobes around. One of them was his father, and as a result, Taylor tried to ignore his feelings as much as possible.

He had a best friend, Jason, and doesn't know if Jason was gay. But they were spending a lot of time together, and becoming very close. Until one day Taylor's father saw what looked like leaning in for a kiss and started beating on Jason, who ran and wouldn't talk to Taylor anymore. Then the father beat on Taylor.

Some time later, the father disappeared during the Chaos Bug incident. (Which killed Jason.) Some months later, the Justice Department forwarded footage of the father's death to Taylor. He was killed by (Judge) Fear.

A couple of weeks later, Taylor found the club, and we return to the present just in time for the real Judge Dredd to make an appearance.

And that's the story.

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