I agree with everything said in this Tumblr post. (go read it; I’ll be here when you get back)
You can’t tell all the gay stories with one gay character.
You can’t tell all the gay stories with eight gay characters.
Hell, all the straight stories aren’t told yet and they have had millions of characters, over centuries of being able to publish stories far and wide.
We have a lot of catching up to do.
It’s normal to want to see ourselves and our experiences and our aspirations played out on our television screens. And for many of us, that’s tough luck.
It’s not surprising we have a lot of rage, like Santana.
Because there are still very, very few gay characters in general. And even fewer on Glee itself.
I do like seeing gay characters who have a great go of it. I like seeing young gay characters whose parents are awesome. I like seeing them find romantic partners of the appropriate gender at young ages. It’s wonderful. But it’s also really interesting to see other stories too, like stories of gay kids who are happily in relationships, but really have issues being affectionate in public, and who have really good reasons (having both been assaulted in the past). And it’s great to see that the environment is more threatening for some gay kids than for other gay kids. (Yes, it can be easier for girls, especially gender conforming girls, because straight guys think it’s hot, not threatening).
I want to see all the gay stories told too. But Glee are telling only a handful of them now.
I’m certain more are to come.
But I can’t imagine we’re going to see Kurt and Blaine making out in public in Mckinley. It’s just not their story. And that’s sad, but that’s the point.