Velma is the latest character used for Publicity Stunt. In the mainstream Scooby Doo timeline, Velma is now out and proud gay. The inspiration for this is back in the early 2000s. James Gunn, the then-director of live-action Scooby-Doo movies tried to make her gay. The studio, however, opted to tone it down because of the new era.
Velma was not originally Lesbian.
She even dated Shaggy at one point but she is popular with the LGBTQ+ community. Due to the constant rebooting of Scooby Doo, I recall that many men got introduced as her boyfriend in various timelines. When fans found out that James Gunn tried to make her Lesbian the fanbase started to show interest to make her one. From fan fiction to fan art, there seems to be an interest. She also dated Johnny Bravo but that is the past. The Director of the She-ra Netflix Reboot said she had a crush on Velma when she was a little girl. So there was always a fantasy for a portion of the Fanbase to make her have female preference. I know this will cause a fanbase division but most fans of the old Velma already outgrew Scooby Doo.
HBO Max also have an Animated series where Miss Dinkley got racebended.
This Alternate Velma will be adult oriented and its Produced by Mindy Kaling. Maybe She designed this Velma after her. I do not know what is the sexuality of this other Velma but I have a feeling there will be culture wars again. Velma is the next character used for the Ginger erasure for sake of Diversity. I can see the debates coming but it will make people talk about it more. I can see those Geek Vloggers screaming at the top of their lungs because Velma is now Brown. Hey at least her hair remains red. This is not the first time though Velma got played by a POC. Hayley Kiyoko and Gina Rodriguez once portrayed this lovable nerd.