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Marvel's commitment to representing the gay community has grown a lot over the past decade, but those characters have been kept mostly in team titles. Writer Al Ewing has promised "Loki: Agent of Asgard" (also Loki's first ongoing series ever) will explore the character's bisexuality, but the god of mischief shouldn't have to bear the burden of representation alone. Northstar has now been around for 35 years, and he's been out of the closet for 22 of those. John Byrne almost gave Marvel their first comic with an LGBT lead 20 years ago when he pitched a Northstar ongoing that was ultimately nixed. Still, the character persevered and became a big part of the X-Men line. His wedding issue, "Astonishing X-Men" #51, gained national attention for depicting the first gay wedding in superhero comics. As an established character with historical importance, a growing supporting cast of characters and a built-in 'relationship' with the mainstream press, Northstar is a perfect candidate for an ongoing series.