Iceman, an original member of the Marvel Comics superhero team, has come out as gay.
Iceman, or Bobby Drake, comes out to fellow X-Man Jean Gray in issue 40 of All-New X-Men.
In the comic book Iceman remarks on how hot he finds his female teacher.
However, the telepathic Jean reads his true thoughts and says that she knows that he is gay.
The Iceman in this comic book series is a teenage version of the character. The older present-day character in the main X-Men series is still straight.
The pair are seen acknowledging the fact that Iceman's future self is straight, and has dated women. He wonders whether he might be bisexual with Jean responding "They say everyone is."
After the news leaked, writer Brian Michael Bendis said in a statement: "There are thousands if not millions of stories of people who, for many different reasons, felt the need to hide their sexuality. The X-Men, with the conceit of time travel, give us a fascinating platform in which to examine such personal journeys."
Iceman is not the first comic book hero to come out as gay.
Marvel's Northstar married his long-term boyfriend in 2012, DC Comic's reinvented Batwoman identified as lesbian, and the issue in which Archie Comics' openly gay Kevin Keller debuted sold out and had to be reprinted for the first time in the series' history.