Character Overview

Gender: Male

Orientation: Gay

Publisher: Marvel

Character Type: Primary

Alignment: Good

AKA: Jean-Paul Beaubier

Character Details

Summary: The first proud, out gay character in Marvel's history, Northstar paved the way for future LGBTQ+ characters to be introduced. Although his debut series, Alpha Flight, was not extremely popular, the issue in which Northstar came out flew off of the shelves, leaving comic book stores across the country sold out of the title. Later, Northstar would go on to marry his longtime boyfriend, Kyle Jinadu, in Marvel's first depiction of gay marriage.

Database Links: Wikipedia, Marvel Wiki, Comic Vine

Important Issues: Northstar comes out in Alpha Flight #106, exclaiming "I am gay!" whilst doing battle with Major Mapleleaf.

Articles about Northstar

At the time [when Northstar came out], X-Men comics were already a hotbed for queer subtext. Comics scholar Ramzi Fawaz notes that Claremont’s X-Men “articulated mutation to the radical critiques of identity promulgated by the cultures of women’s and gay liberation.” Another comics scholar, Scott Bukatman, puts it more simply and says: “mutant bodies are explicitly analogized to … gay bodies” in Claremont’s X-Men. It is no surprise then, that Marvel’s first gay superhero should emerge from this series. (Read more)

J. Andrew Deman, "How a Canadian superhero brought queer representation to Marvel Comics," The Conversation, December 17, 2019.