I’m not the biggest fan of Glee, though that stems mostly from how badly it mangled both zombies and football in a single episode. But I think we should acknowledge that being gay-friendly on TV isn’t really edgy anymore. Statistician wunderkind Nate Silver announced last week that more than half of Americans now support gay marriage. Will and Grace debuted over a decade ago. It took a while, but Modern Family’s Mitchell and Cameron finally kissed. And so on.
But how often do you see transexual or transgendered people on TV? I for one can probably count the times on one hand. Let’s not kid ourselves into thinking Glee pushes boundaries. Any goodwill it garnered by humanizing gay teenagers is squandered by pretending trans people don’t exist.