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Marvel Comics: Gay mutant to wed long-time human partner

Posted on 23 May 2012

Story line in upcoming Astonishing X-Men series to flesh out minority issues.

This month, America’s first half-black president embraces gay marriage.

How fitting then that in next month’s Astonishing X-Men #51 issue, Canadian X-Man Northstar will tie the knot with his long-time boyfriend Kyle Jinadu.

Northstar, a.k.a. Jean-Paul Beaubier, was the first openly gay superhero. He came out of the closet in 1992.

Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso explained: “Our comics are always best when they respond to and reflect developments in the real world.”

As an X-Man, Northstar is a mutant who routinely fights against bigotry. This is one of the underlying themes of the X-Men comics.

And as a mutant, he is one of the most feared minority groups in the Marvel Universe.

The Astonishing X-Men story line is set to look to Northstar’s relationship with Kyle as a way to write an inspiring story about characters who feel like outsiders even among outsiders – being gay and mutant.

Writer of the comic series, Marjorie Liu, said: “Here are two people, trying to live their lives – mutant and gay, black and gay – empowered in their own ways, but also fringe-dwellers,”

As with all problems, Alonso said the marriage is only a start as the couple will have to confront homophobia from Northstar’s teammates.

It has been revealed that while a lot of Marvel Universe characters will be attending Northstar’s wedding, not everyone will accept the invitation or the validity of Northstar’s vows.

At least one of Northstar’s team members is going to turn down the invitation.

This is a 60-second reduction of the original article published in Rolling Stone.

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