Steve Rogers

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Steve Rogers (Captain America) is a character who has appeared in both Marvel Comics and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He is played by Chris Evans in the films. Although portrayed as heterosexual in both comics and films, with canon love interests including Peggy Carter, Sharon Carter, Bernie Rosenthal, and (in an alternate universe) Natasha Stark, Steve is a popular subject of slash fanfiction and other fanworks, with the most popular pairings including Steve Rogers/Bucky Barnes, Steve Rogers/Tony Stark, and Steve Rogers/Sam Wilson.

In the comics, Steve Rogers has expressed vocal support for LGBT rights, most notably in a story arc that ran in the early 1980s during the AIDS crisis that introduced a childhood friend named Arnie Roth who was eventually revealed to be gay. At one point, Arnie is captured and brainwashed into self-loathing homophobia and Steve tells him, "Arnie, listen to me: no matter what words they force out of your mouth, you know the truth! You are not a freak! You're as good and decent a man as I've ever known! They can't corrupt your love for Michael with their lies any more than they can corrupt my love for Bernie! Do you hear me, Arnie? They're the pariahs! They're the disease! They-[1]"

Bisexual Steve Rogers

Steve has been the focus of fan campaigns to make him canonically bisexual.

In May 2016, a Twitter campaign to #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend became a trending topic, sparking a bunch of media coverage.

The campaign was started by fan Jess Salerno, who told Metro UK in an interview that she started the campaign because:

I feel like it sucks that people in the LGBT community don’t get the representation that they deserve and it would be so amazing for something like Captain America or Marvel to be able to portray that. and maybe just let people know that it’s okay to be who you are. you know? You don’t have to be scared, especially to be able to have children grow up in that way, I feel like it would do amazing things for the future.[2]

Voice actor David Hayter, who voiced the character in several animated television shows, has stated on Twitter that "I definitely played him bi-curious"[3] and that "As someone who's played both #CaptainAmerica and Bucky... I can say that a romantic relationship between them would not be entirely new"[4].

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Popularity in Slash Fanfiction

Steve Rogers is tagged in more than 60,000 fics on popular fanfiction archive An Archive of Our Own, including more than 20,000 Steve/Bucky works, more than 15,000 Steve/Tony works, and more than 1,300 Steve/Sam works.

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