Northstar was one of the first openly gay superheroes in American comics. He was the first openly gay character to be published by Marvel Comics. The character was introduced in 1979 in 'Uncanny X-Men #120,' but was not openly gay until 1992. That comic, 'Alpha Flight #106,' sold out in a week, despite the series not being very popular. He married his partner, Kyle Jinadu, in Astonishing X-Men #51, published June 27, 2012. It was the first interracial gay wedding in comic book history.