In a comic book out Wednesday, one of the original X-Men reveals that he is gay.
The revelation comes in All-New X-Men #40 where Bobby Drake, known as Iceman, comes out as gay to fellow X-Men member Jean Grey. According to Comicbook.com, Bobby implies that he might be bisexual but Jean Grey tells Bobby that she thinks he is “more…full gay.”
Historically in the Marvel Universe, Iceman has been romantically linked to female characters but X-Men and other comic book franchises have been known to adjust character stories to reflect current events and ideals. X-Men specifically has effectively used the Mutant verses Human story lines as a larger metaphor for many types discrimination since their first appearance in the 1960s.
All-New X-Men #40 is available April 22.