SexualityOne of the first comic books to gain mainstream coverage from outing a character was Marvels Northstar. In 1992, during issue #106 of Alpha Flight, Northstar announces during a fight scene that, I am gay! This led to a flood of coverage from the media, but Marvel seemed to downplay it. Marvel later went on to release The Rawhide Kid in 2003, which showcased Marvels first gay lead character.
In 1999, Wildstorms The Authority introduced us to comics first openly gay couple. There wasnt really any backlash, quite the opposite in fact. There was a lot of positive support from the gay and lesbian community. The Authoritys writer, Mark Millar, has won two gay and lesbian awards for his work on the comic.