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Archie Comics’ First Gay Character

Archie, Jughead, Betty, Veronica and Reggie – we know and love them as the cartoon characters that fill the pages of Archie Comics. Until now, everyone in the gang has been heterosexual – the boys date girls and the girls date boys. But we all know things aren’t quite so straightforward in real life. Meet the new guy in Archie Comics, and find out how he’s bringing big change to an old cartoon strip.


Kevin Keller

It’s true: Archie Comics has introduced its first openly gay character to the gang. No, it's not Jughead coming out, if that's what you're wondering. Meet Kevin Keller, the new student at Riverdale High.


Not the First

Over the years, there have been a few characters that either are created specifically to be gay or have dropped some hints along the way as to whether or not they are gay:

  • Waylon Smithers: Smithers' declarations of love for Mr. Burns are a running joke on The Simpsons.
  • Peppermint Patti: This Peanuts character has the nickname “sir,” but we really don’t think that’s enough to say whether Patti’s gay or not.
  • Velma: On Scooby-Doo, Velma seems to care more about impressing Daphne than Fred – but maybe she just really values her friendship!

Have Your Say

We think it’s totally OK to be gay, straight, bisexual or whatever you choose to be! Tell us what you think in the Comments section below.


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Kirsteeeeen
Kirsteeeeen posted in Friends:
Is there a particular reason or situation causing you to feel this way? I can't provide much advice other than talk to them about it. Communication is important.
reply about 6 hours
Arenl
Arenl posted in Friends:
He is a jerk, but then what ?? He is your best friend . Maybe you should tell him to sleep for an extra hour. It may be a lack of sleep.
reply about 9 hours
KittyCheshire
KittyCheshire posted in Friends:
My BFFEL (best friend for eternal life) is being a jerk after we have been friends for a long time. What should I do?
reply about 9 hours
PittsburghPenguinsFanatic
"aftershock" wrote: "NicolletteA" wrote: no. and you sound like the marketing people that stop me at the mall.  :/ lol, I'm not, i just kno someone whos making a new app and wanted to see if any1 would use it.   BTW what do u say to the marketing people at the mall? No. I don't like those people at the mall. Sometimes, they ask my family and I (usually directed at my mom and sister, but sometimes at me, too. Even though I'm under 13. Not for long though.) if they want their hair done. And sometimes I'm so tempted to say, "No thank you. I did my hair today. Do you think I want it done?" But of course I never do. It's kinda disrespectful. So we just usually say No thank you. My mom, sister, and I now have a solution for that (my idea when I was maybe ages 9-11) Don't make eye contact with them and pretend that they aren't there.
reply about 22 hours
BookWorm86
This is GREAT advice! Thx a lot StephRox!:) I have a younger brother & he can be EXASPERATING at times lol! Great advice!!:D
reply about 23 hours