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HIV Meets the Comic Book Universe: 10 Notable Moments

June 12, 2013


Joanne Beaubier

Joanne Beaubier

Considered the first openly gay superhero, Northstar (Jean-Paul Beaubier) is pretty famous in the comic world. Less known is his adopted daughter, Joanne Beaubier. Knocked into an alley during a fight, he hears a baby crying. He rushes the baby to the hospital and finds out she is HIV positive -- and has an AIDS diagnosis. Once the media heard that Northstar had found an HIV-positive infant, the country began to worry about the girl, except for the villain Major Mapleleaf.

Major Mapleleaf attempted to kill Joanne, and Northstar thwarted his plan. When Jean-Paul made it back to the hospital, Joanne died in his arms. After the incident, Northstar openly admitted his homosexuality to the media to help open dialogue on AIDS and other important issues.

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