Remember how a decade or two ago we had just few LGBT characters on mainstream TV? While the situation isn’t ideal yet, it’s much better than in the days of, say, the Ellen show – we have more gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender characters than ever, and not all of them are cliches and typecasting. Let us take a look at some of the best coming outs on television.
Kenny from the Real O’Neals: angry teen who happens to be gay. Kenny actually came out in the episode aired on National coming out day (October 11th).
Ricky from My So Called Life was one of the first examples of non-cliche gay characters. Ricky’s coming out came long before Will and Grace or any other mainstream characters happened.
Kerr Smith’s Jack on Dawson’s Creek was a part of hugely popular teen comedy-drama, but he was a good character.
Jamar from the Empire might be new-ish in terms of TV history, but his coming out wasn’t a sweet little thing among family members gathered at dinner: it was akin to a giant middle finger in the midst of a family feud.
Mickey Milkovich from Shameless is another gay character that’s completely unorthodox.