The top 7 times “Glee” really out-gayed itself

Blaine kisses Rachel.

Most gay TV viewers are smart enough to tell the difference between a queer character who starts to question whether or not he or she might be straight or bisexual because sexuality for a lot of people really is a moving target, and a queer character who starts to question whether or not he or she might be straight or bisexual because the writers want to capitalize on opposite-sex appeal. When Glee had Blaine kiss Rachel, it was clearly a case of that second thing. When they cast Darren Criss, they had no idea he’d start getting gay men and straight men and gay women and straight women pregnant just by looking at the camera. But what’s so spectacularly gay about this storyline in retrospect is this: If a raging homo like Blaine was going to try on being “straight” for even a second, of course he would do it with the biggest flame dame in the midwest. The Rachel Berrys of this world have kissed more gay men than there are stars in the sky. Accidentally accurate maybe, but oh, so very true.

Kurt and Rachel “Get Happy” with Babs and Judy.

When Kurt and Rachel donned the exact same outfits as Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland and sang the exact same song as Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland while being this generation’s gay icons like Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland, my TV burst into rainbow-colored flames. (If you’ve never watched the original performance, do yourself the biggest favor.)

Karofsky learns that It Gets Better.

The self-hating, closeted bully trope is a trope because it’s true — and all too common. I kept thinking Glee was going to forget about Karofsky like it forgets about everything else, but by some miracle they managed to weave him into the most glorious, wretched, brilliant, perfect storyline in the history of the show. He was a bully. He was a gay bully. He was a gay bully who was in love with Kurt. He was a gay bully who began to accept himself. He was a gay boy, standing in front of another gay boy, asking for his love. He was a gay boy who got bullied. He was a gay boy who tried to kill himself in his very best suit. He was a gay boy who saw the future with another gay boy and a beautiful son. He was a gay boy who lived.

What are your favorite gay moments on Glee?

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