One of the characters in the upcoming "How to Train Your Dragon 2" will come out as gay in the sequel to the 2010 animated smash.

The gay cartoon character community must be very happy about that.

Writer-director Dean DeBlois told E! News that Gobber the Belch (voiced by Craig Ferguson) will subtly address his sexuality in "How to Train Your Dragon 2," which comes out in June.

Get it? "Comes out ..."

Anyway, don't expect a flourish of trumpets accompanying this announcement. DeBlois, who is openly gay, said the character will hint at his sexuality while watching a husband and wife argue.

Sensible.

"When we were recording Craig Ferguson, I had written the line, 'This is why I never got married,' and he, as he often does, added it as an ad-lib and he said, 'Yup, Gobber is coming out of the closet,'" DeBlois told E! News. "I think that's a really fun, daring move to put in. I love the idea that Gobber is Berk's resident gay."

He also told Fox News, "It's progressive, it's honest, and it feels good, so we wanted to keep it ... It does make for an interesting revelation because now, what does that mean, do we shed a little more light on Gobber's love life?"

Geez, what's next ... gay professional athletes?

In 2013, "ParaNorman" became the first mainstream animated film to feature a central character, Mitch, who was gay, according to The Advocate.

In 2010, Archie Comics' Kevin Keller -- an member of the military -- became the series' first openly gay character. Keller married his African-American partner, Clay Walker, the following year.

In a 2013, the Disney/ABC series "Once Upon a Time" featured a character, Mulan, who seemed to acknowledge her bisexuality by revealing her love for Princess Aurora of "Sleeping Beauty."

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