Readers respond to ''Gay Teens on TV'' cover story
Our special report ”Gay Teens on TV” elicited strong reactions, both positive and negative. Here are two letters that moved us.
Thankful for ”Teens”
I just wanted to thank you so much for your ”Gay Teens on TV” special report. I saw the magazine while I was standing in the grocery store line. I happened to glance at it and my heart just ached. I felt hope. So thank you from the bottom of my heart. The issue moved me to buy a subscription, and I’m looking forward to reading more EW in the future.
I applaud Entertainment Weekly for doing a story on gay teens on TV. I am a bisexual college student who just graduated from high school, and I lived through the torment that many shows like Glee have highlighted. When I was younger, having been forcibly outed, I looked for some sort of example that would show me that I am perfectly normal. Many of the shows you wrote about helped me get through the bullying. I give you my most sincere thanks for the article, and am so happy that teens who are coming out or have been forced out now have positive portrayals to look up to. Cheers to you and your most excellent reporting!
It seems Mark Harris missed the point of Ricky Gervais‘ brilliant stint at this year’s Golden Globes (The Final Cut). As viewers, we look to hosts like Gervais to break up the monotony of yet another mundane awards show. Gervais did what he has always done, which was tell the truth (and what most of us at home were already thinking) about the pompous nature of these things. I predict next year’s Globes host will be the opposite of Gervais — he or she will tell a few lighthearted jokes — and ratings will be down.
Where was Justin?
I loved seeing Kurt and Blaine on the cover of EW. But you forgot to mention one key gay teen who was on TV: Justin Taylor (Randy Harrison) from Queer as Folk. When the show started in 2000, Justin was 17 years old and just finding himself and figuring out where he fit in the gay world. Poor Justin had to deal with his parents finding out he was gay, his father ramming his car into Justin’s lover’s Jeep, getting picked on and pushed around at school, and getting his head bashed by a baseball bat after his prom.