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Will Gay Comic Book Character Turn Kids?

Will the new openly gay character in the <i>Archie</i> comics make kids want to switch teams?

Will the new openly gay character in the Archie comics make kids want to switch teams?

Tuesday, April 27, 2010 17:23 GMT

PHILADELPHIA (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Parents shouldn’t worry about their kids switching teams after reading the latest Archie comic.

The wholesome gang of Riverdale recently added a colorful new character, Kevin Keller, the first openly gay character to appear in the Archie comic book series.

Though some parents are worried that a homosexual character might turn their kids gay, Chip Alfred of the GLBT organization Equality Forum says the only danger it presents is turning children into socially accepting people.

He says, “Kids should be introduced to gay characters. If they aren’t, they don’t understand them and that breeds hatred and intolerance.”

Seeing a gay character pop up in their comic book might also help a kid who’s “13 and in Kentucky” be “out and proud.”

To avoid falling into typical gay stereotypes, Alfred thinks Kevin Keller should be as “real” as possible.

If he’s foxy enough, however, Betty and Veronica might have stiff competition over Archie Andrew’s heart.

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