The character was written as gay in the comics. Also, representation is important to LGBTQ kids. They are a part of the population and need to see successful LGBTQ adults who don't end up dead at the end of the story, or who are the subject of ridicule. When I was a kid, there was nobody like me on television who didn't fit into any of the above categories. If there had, I might have accepted myself before I was 30. Instead I spent years hating myself. I wish better for kids now.