The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App 
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol

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

A Sampling of Fictional LGBT High Schoolers, Past and Present

June 28, 2013


Andrew Van De Kamp

Andrew Van De Kamp, Desperate Housewives (2004-2012)

Andrew Van De Kamp is introduced in the very first episode of season 1 of Desperate Housewives as a rebellious child who gets in a lot of arguments with his mother, Christian conservative perfectionist Bree. Throughout the first season, it is revealed that Andrew is bisexual when his mom's friend Susan finds him kissing his friend Justin naked in a pool. Andrew is sent to a Christian rehab camp and lies to his parents saying he is "cured" of being gay to get out of going back. When confronted by the community preacher Reverend Sykes in the season finale about his orientation, Andrew says, "Look, I love vanilla ice cream, OK? But every now and then I'm probably gonna be in the mood for chocolate."

After the death of his father, Andrew finds out his mother is dating a sex addict. He tries to convince his sister, Danielle, to sleep with him in order to end the relationship. When she refuses, he seduces his mother's boyfriend. Bree takes Andrew to a gas station with a bag of clothes and some money and leaves him there. About eight months later, she sees him on TV on a special about youth on the street, and brings him back home.

After all the hardships, Andrew actually goes on to be in a stable relationship. Actor Shawn Pyfrom, who played Andrew, said that he received many letters by people who were encouraged by Andrew's ease with his sexuality as one of the few secure and confident LGBT teenage characters on TV.


Related Stories

Viva Mi Gente!: 12 Latino Celebrities and Characters Who Thrust HIV/AIDS Into Popular Culture
13 Moments in Black Celebrity HIV/AIDS Activism
Fame and HIV: 15 of History's Biggest HIV-Positive Celebrities
Going Viral: Celebrity Tweets from World AIDS Day
More on Issues Affecting the LGBT Community

This article was provided by

No comments have been made.

Add Your Comment:
(Please note: Your name and comment will be public, and may even show up in
Internet search results. Be careful when providing personal information! Before
adding your comment, please read's Comment Policy.)

Your Name:

Your Location:

(ex: San Francisco, CA)

Your Comment:

Characters remaining:


The content on this page is free of advertiser influence and was produced by our editorial team. See our advertising policy.

This Positive Life Video