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'Glee' gay sex episode takes TV into virgin territory

Ryan Murphy sheds light on the small screen first

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Last winter Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy told EW that he wanted the gay teenage relationship between Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Blaine (Darren Criss) to be just as complicated as any of the show’s heterosexual romances. Now he’s making good on his word: The Nov. 8 episode of the Fox hit found not only Rachel (Lea Michele) and Finn (Cory Monteith) having sex with each other for the first time, but — in a groundbreaking move for an 8 p.m. series — McKinley High’s gay couple doing the same. ”We were talking about it [in the writers’ room] like, ‘Why shouldn’t [Kurt and Blaine] lose their virginity at the same time?”’ Murphy says. ”Everybody has seen a straight couple losing their virginity, but has anyone dovetailed the gay and straight stories together and given them equal weight? That seemed like an exciting choice and a new thing.” According to Murphy, the four actors’ only worry was that they look good in the love scenes: ”The first thing they all said was ‘Do we have to go on diets?”’ Also heartening was that Fox expressed no concern over the episode’s potentially polarizing subject matter — though the Parents Television Council quickly issued a statement condemning the episode: ”The fact that Glee intends to…celebrate children having sex is reprehensible. The gender of the high school characters involved is irrelevant.” Murphy, who isn’t surprised by the controversy, is staying focused on the bigger picture: In a year when bullying and teen suicides have grabbed headlines, he’s hopeful that Kurt and Blaine’s romance will continue to deliver a positive message to Glee‘s audience. ”I think what it says to a lot of young gay people who are confused and ashamed is that you can get love and are worthy of love.”

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