Wedding bells will ring this summer for Marvel Comics’ first openly gay hero, super speedster Northstar. The New York-based publisher said Tuesday that Canadian character Jean-Paul Beaubier will marry his beau, Kyle Jinadu, in the pages of “Astonishing X-Men” No. 51. That’s due out June 20. Northstar revealed he was gay in the pages of “Alpha Flight” No. 106 in 1992. He was one of Marvel’s first characters to do so. Since then, numerous comic book heroes and villains have been identified as gay, lesbian or transgender.
Even characters that exist only on paper have become the tools of political correctness. What’s so interesting here is the notion that sexuality contributes to one’s status as ‘superhero’ and that, self-evidently, the only contributions homosexual persons make to society are strictly related to their sexual behaviors.
If sexuality isn’t THE defining characteristic of homosexual/lesbian/transgender identity then why is it the only characteristic they talk about? Why is it ‘front and center’ the only aspect of their being, their humanity that they focus, or seem to focus, on?
If humanity is only to be defined by sexual practice then humanity is nothing more than copulating beast.
I don’t care what superheros do in the privacy of their homes. That’s between them and God and – if I’m being honest- I prefer not to hear about it. When, however, the only drum some people beat is the monotone note of sexual behavior, it becomes utterly tiresome.
If I might address the handful of non-heterosexual persons who visit here: hey guys and gals- do me a favor, please, and tell me something about yourself that doesn’t relate to your sexual interests.