Now, I must admit I've never watched an episode of Glee, but I'm aware that many consider it a groundbreaking television show for its presentation and exploration of gay themes in ways that are positive, thoughtful and, well, fun. For a lot of young people – gay and straight – I'm sure that Glee is a wonderful source of affirmation, hope and courage. And for that the world can only be a better place.
I was recently out socially with some gay male friends and we all agreed that we could not have imagined such a gay-friendly show as Glee playing on prime-time TV when we were teenagers. And yet here we are, twenty-plus years later, with cute boys serenading one another for all the world to see – and, as Lesley Goldberg notes, giving Red State America an education in what it means to be an out gay teen.
This "education" is by way of the character Kurt Hummel (pictured above and played by Chris Colfer). According to Goldberg's November 15 interview with Glee creator/writer/director Ryan Murphy, Kurt may soon have a boyfriend in the shape of fellow gay classmate Blaine (pictured at left and played by Darren Criss) .
"Part of me thinks he should be the boyfriend," says Murphy of Blaine, "part of me thinks he should just be the mentor. I didn’t want to decide that until we got into sort of the middle of the season. We’re figuring it out now. Kurt will definitely get a boyfriend. The question is who will it be and how will it be."
Anyway, since it's Friday night, which is often "music night" here at The Wild Reed, and since it's definitely chilly outside, I thought I'd share the latest duet from Glee 's two gay boys, Kurt and Blaine: "Baby, It's Cold Outside"! Enjoy!
NOTE: To view the music video of "Teenage Dream," Kurt and Blaine's first song together, click here.
Recommended Off-site Link:
Just One of the Guys – Lesley Goldberg (The Advocate, October 6, 2009).
Darren Criss and Chris Colfer's Sweet Glee Duet Suggests Romance – OnTopMag.com (December 4, 2010).
See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
A Gay Ol' Time
"Glambert" and the New Gay Stereotype
Out Gay Actor Neil Patrick Harris: "I'm Striving to Be An Example of Normalcy"
Darren Hayes, Coming Out . . . Oh, and Time Travel
Matthew Mitcham: Making a Splash
Remembering Stephen Gately, Gay Pop Pioneer
No Matter What
One of These Boys is Not Like the Others