kinetic saidbtw, (a little off topic) is it true that the x-men 'mutant' thing is an analogy to homosexuality??
I heard that once.
Yes, it's true, but GLBT people are but ONE group that mutants represent in the "real world" -- although there are X-characters who are openly gay (Northstar, Anole), lesbian (Karma), and bisexual (at least one of Multiple Man's duplicates, as well as villians Mystique & Destiny -- who were lovers, and were originally planned to be Nightcrawler's parents, but the thought of Mystique shapeshifting into a man to impregnate Destiny was too controversial at the time), as well as characters whose sexuality is unclear (such as the relationship between Shatterstar & Rictor). Former Marvel Editor-In-Chief Jim Shooter would not allow gay characters in comics, so any homosexuality could only be IMPLIED. That policy however has since changed.
Furthermore, the Legacy Virus (a disease which originally only affected mutants, but then later began to affect "normal" people") was analogous to HIV/AIDS.
Check out this article towards the bottom for more details: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X-men