rowley1080 replied to your postHas Cap said anything about queer people? He is my hero and I love him so much, and I’m scared that he’d hate me. Especially when homophobic people tell me he would, and use him against me.

2 words: Arnie Roth

bookworm221b replied to your post: Has Cap said anything about queer people? He is my…

Isn’t there one of the older lines of Captain America comics where it comes out that one of Steve’s best friends growing up was gay? I think the Red Skull goes after him & Steve saves him & is just generally an awesome friend.

traveler-of-time replied to your post: Has Cap said anything about queer people? He is my…

The Arnie Roth story is a perfect example of Steve’s open-mindedness.

reverse-goliath replied to your post: Has Cap said anything about queer people? He is my…

Cap’s childhood friend is gay (Arnold Roth? I forgot his name) and he’s totally cool with it :)

Thanks to everyone for reminding me about Arnie Roth. I actually reblogged a wonderful post from wondygirl about Mr. Roth, which you can view here. Basically, here’s what Steve has to say:

 arakni666 replied to your postHas Cap said anything about queer people? He is my hero and I love him so much, and I’m scared that he’d hate me. Especially when homophobic people tell me he would, and use him against me.

In Young Avengers, he tells Wiccan and Hulkling that he’s fine with their relationship. :)

pistolbunny replied to your post: Has Cap said anything about queer people? He is my…

When Cap met up with the Young Avengers he made it very clear he had no issues with Billy and Teddy’s relationship. :D

Thanks for reminding me about this one too!

wondygirl:

Arnie Roth is Steve Roger’s childhood friend, he gave him company, kept him out of trouble and protected him from bullies (he pretty much covers Bucky’s film role with skinny! Steve), he was basically Steve’s big brother and best friend. They were so close that when Arnie sees Steve again he pretty much tells him that he knew that Steve was Captain America ever since the moment he first saw Cap in action on a newsreel (despite the fact that Steve never told him about it or even knew that Arnie knew).

Besides being Cap’s childhood BFF, Arnie was also gay (probably Marvel’s first gay character, since Northstar still wasn’t out back then) and he had happened to live with his partner Michael for 10 years when he meets Steve meet post-Freezing. And even when Steve knew, he never had any problems with his friend’s sexual preference and he still loved Arnie as his brother. As a matter in fact when Zemo captures Arnie, degrades him and makes him do a horrible speech refering to himself as being a “menace” and as a “disease”.  Steve makes a wonderful speech (pictured in one of the thumbnails) and tells Arnie that no matter what he’s being made to say that he knows Arnie is one of the best men Steve has ever know and that they both know that no one can corrupt his love for Michael, and that the real disease are the intolerant bigots who think negatively of him for who he is.

Really this is one of the reasons I love Steve, he’s a man who respects everyone and doesn’t judge people based on their race, sex, gender, orientation, nationality, or religion (or lack thereof).

Steve loves Arnie no matter what and is willing to defend him and his love from anyone, he’s even there for Arnie on his deathbed.

If you want to read more about Arnie Roth, muccamukk has made two entries about Arnie Roth on her dreamwidth The Life And Times of Arnie Roth part 1 and part 2. Each post has a lot of scans and intensive info on the character, also some trigger warnings in the header so read them before you proceed.

The part I bolded sums up my feelings exactly.

A+ post

(Also, as a side note, Union Jack II (Brian Falsworth) and the Destroyer (Roger Aubrey) are Marvel’s first gay characters, chronologically speaking. Publication-wise, I’m not so sure.)