I am very pleased that there's an openly gay character, and that he's getting his own comic. I ordered the first comic he appeared in, as well as the 4 comic run that they're doing for him. I used to read Archie comics as a kid, and I'm thrilled that they're keeping with the times.
Apparently, the response to him has been fantastic. It's the first time they've had to order a reprint of any issue of the comics. I really wish that there were gay or lesbian characters, and that their lives were portrayed as normal, just like everyone else's. I don't know that it would have made anything easier in my particular situation, but I think that it would have been nice to know that I'm not weird.
Colour me surprised and happy.