Glee will matter until Kurt can kiss the person he loves without making headlines. Glee will matter until Santana isn’t made to feel like she has to hide her crush on fellow cheerleader, Brittany. Glee will matter until Karofsky doesn’t feel like he has to beat up kids as a way to hide his own sexual orientation.
But most of all, the growing trend of gay-inclusive television shows for teens like Degrassi, Pretty Little Liars and 90210 will all matter until people like Gainor go away, or at least give up on their losing fight to turn back the clock and send gay people back into the closet. Until then, these shows’ steadfast commitment to giving credit to all those teens struggling with their self-esteem including — gay kids — will change hearts and minds.