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Out in TV Land: Queer Youth Characters on the Small Screen

A Sampling of Fictional LGBT High Schoolers, Past and Present

June 28, 2013

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The Boys of Glee

The Boys of Glee (2009-Present)

Glee is known for having a whole cast of sexually diverse kids -- so much so that they qualified for three slides! Who are the most prominent gay male characters on Glee? The obvious answer is Golden Globe winner Chris Colfer who plays Kurt Hummel. His boyfriend, Blaine Anderson, is played by Darren Criss. Together, they comprise "Klaine," one of the most popular couples on the show.

Kurt starts the show discovering his sexuality and having to come to terms with it when his best friend Mercedes develops a crush on him. In the first season, he deals with a crush on Finn Hudson, the heterosexual co-captian of the glee club, who eventually becomes his stepbrother. In the second season, Kurt transfers to a private school due to bullying, mainly from Dave Karofsky (Max Adler), a football player who throws Kurt against a locker. When Kurt goes to confront Karofsky, Karofsky kisses Kurt, then threatens to kill him if he tells anyone about the kiss. Fearing for their son's life, Kurt's dad and stepmom take the money they set aside for their honeymoon to pay for his tuition to go to private school.

It is at private school that Kurt meets Blaine, with whom he falls swiftly in love, though Blaine stays oblivious. After they kiss, Kurt transfers back to McKinley High School to be with his friends after learning that Karofsky and fellow student Santana Lopez have formed an anti-bullying club. Blaine eventually transfers to public school to be with Kurt. Many have applauded Glee's handling of Kurt's coming out, specifically the acceptance and loving portrayal of his single father, Burt Hummel.




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