During the Golden Age of comic books, a character’s sexuality was almost never considered when they were made. Stan Lee probably never thought if Peter Parker may be checking out Flash Thompson in the locker room. Well, times change, and readers need to know more in order to identify with the stories. The readers are eager to know that superheroes don’t discriminate, and makers have responded over the years.
Northstar, the Canadian mutant has been an individual from Alpha Flight and had various appearances in the X-Men throughout the years. He’s Marvel’s first transparently gay character. Indeed, in issue 51 of Astonishing X-Men, Northstar weds his hubby. Alpha Flight was a group of mutants who worked north of the fringe in Canada. Northstar serves as a basic individual from the group and has an assortment of powers including superhuman pace, flight, and the capacity to fire photonic energy blasts. He and whatever is left of the group were made by John Byrne in 1983. He at first would not like to make the group as two-dimensional nobodies to counter the X-Men. With a specific goal to lighten his own particular apprehensions, he made more fleshed out backgrounds for the characters. This included making Northstar a gay character.
You’re most likely acquainted with Batgirl in the Batman pantheon of characters, the alter ego of Barbara Gordon. However, Batwoman really originates before the young lady a couple of years back. She was introduced in the mid-1950s as a romantic inclination for Batman. This was done toto counter bits of gossip that Batman was gay. Frederic Wertham’s book, Seduction of the Innocent, had raised questions about funnies and their impact on kids. This was specifically with reference to the characters of Batman and Robin, suggested their relationship was a gay one. Batwoman wound up being cut out as a character halfway through the 1960s just to be revived again in 2006. This time she was given another wind and was represented as a gay character herself, on DC’s part to offer more different characters for its readers.