ALT-KLAINE-PR. This is what we think the Glee on FOX scrapbook card for Kurt and Blaine could have looked like.

Ryan Murphy, in a 2nd January 2013 NPR broadcast, said “If you’re going to show a straight couple kiss, show a gay couple kiss. So that they feel like, okay, there’s hope for me, there’s a way for me. I’m worthy of that happiness.”

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Equality Report 410 “Glee, Actually”

  • It was upsetting seeing Kurt once again bullied for his sexuality, even if only in Artie’s fever dream.

  • We thought that this would be the episode where we would hear a good deal more about Kurt’s point of view regarding his relationship with Blaine. But the promised “heart to heart” has yet to take place. Despite that, Blaine comes to NY to see Kurt, at Burt’s invitation. Kurt as a character needs to have more agency in his life, and to be able to express himself.
  • Santana continues to be erased from the narrative while her bisexual ex is allowed to date and even marry (at least in intent) a male – something Santana and Brittany would not be able to do. Brittany seems to have forgotten she even ever dated, let alone loved Santana – even when she thought she only had four days to live she did not mention Santana once.

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Equality Report 408 “Thanksgiving”

  • Kurt and Blaine have a conversation about their relationship and its future. Kurt finally has the opportunity to share his feelings, and they are honest and believably conflicted.
  • In “Let’s Have a Kiki,” Kurt initiates physical contact with a straight guy, confidently leading Brody into the dance. After being branded toxic and experiencing rampant effeminophobia at McKinley High School, we see Kurt flourishing in a more accepting environment. Achievement!
  • Wade was grouped with all the girls during the pre-Sectionals talk by the “Unholy Trinity” of Brittany, Santana and Quinn, even though he was Wade and not Unique in the scene, and no issue was made about Wade’s presence there.
  • Unique returns as herself for Sectionals, and makes a powerful statement about her identity and self-worth.

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Equality Report 407 “Dynamic Duets”

A significant number of the LGBT characters were absent from this episode, and only one LGBT relationship (Kurt and Blaine) was featured. Therefore, this report is briefer than usual.

  • The flashback to Blaine’s encounter with Eli C shows him as a sexually active gay teen, just as a flashback to a straight character’s indiscretion may be expected in similar circumstances.
  • Sam responds with kindness and sound advice to Blaine’s telling him about hooking up with another male while in a committed relationship. It’s the same reaction Sam might have in a similar situation involving a straight friend.

  • Hunter made the point quite clearly to Blaine that he isn’t “even remotely bi-curious”. While the comparison to Sebastian as the former captain of the Warblers could make this point relevant, we question why it was necessary to be made.

  • Kurt’s continued absence from the story of his break-up with Blaine is disheartening when compared to other current and past break-ups on the show where the audience has been allowed to see events from both characters’ sides of the relationship.

Watching Brief:

  • We will be watching to see if Kurt will get to say more about how he is feeling about Blaine and his relationship with him. We want him to have a voice in a story that is half his. It’s also a surprise that none of the characters at McKinley or who have returned to McKinley who were previously close to Kurt have voiced support for Kurt and how he might feel.
  • We are curious to see if Unique will return as herself or as Wade at Sectionals, or if the objections hers parents had for “Grease” still apply.
  • Sebastian Smythe made an appearance in this episode, but in contrast to how he was characterized last season, no reference was made to his sexuality and he made no attempt to flirt with Blaine. We wonder if the fact that Sebastian is gay will return as a plot point in future episodes.

Do you want Glee to do better? Write FOX:

Kevin Reilly
FOX Broadcasting Company
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Los Angeles, CA 90035

Equality Report 406 “Glease”

  • With all four individuals from the two recently-broken up LGBTQ couples in Lima, each ex-couple interacted and spoke about their relationships.
  • The audience saw Kurt’s pain and anger in the aftermath of his break-up with Blaine in this episode. He was allowed to express his feelings and make decisions for himself.
  • Kurt and Blaine spoke about their relationship briefly, but alone in an almost empty corridor
  • Brittany and Santana had an honest conversation about the romantic feelings that they still share for each other. But in that conversation, Brittany stated that she is not dating anybody new, boy or girl. This acknowledges that either would be possible for her.
  • Brittany was included in a girls’ slumber party without any question or awkwardness about her sexuality.
  • When Kitty tried to resist the idea of Unique joining the girls’ slumber party, Marley spoke up in Unique’s defence.

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Season SitRep: Episodes 1 - 4

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING FOR & HOPING FOR WHEN GLEE RETURNS

Four episodes of Glee have aired thus far, and the five week hiatus comes to an end in the U.S. on Thursday, November 8th. There have been big changes for all of the LGBTQ characters. We’re curious to see where their new journeys will take them.

Reminder: We are a spoiler-free zone, so this post is safe for spoiler-phobes

THE COUPLES


We ended last season with many couples intact, and within the first four episodes of this season, it seems they have all broken up (with the exception of Will and Emma). Some of the couples (both LGBTQ and straight) may never come back together, while others could reunite in the future. Individual characters might move on to new relationships and stay in them or break up again to go back to their former partners. Whatever the pairings, familiar or new, we hope to see communication, affection and intimacy portrayed for any LGBTQ couples in the same manner as their straight counterparts.

We do NOT want a repeat of the double standards that plagued Season 3. We hope to see important personal conversations take place in private. We hope to see the couples not needing chaperones.

On balance, so far, Glee seems to have made an effort not to shy away from displays of affection among the LGBTQ couples in Season 4, the glaring exception being Kurt and Blaine getting neither a kiss goodbye nor a private goodbye scene in 401. The lack of a private scene about their break up in 404 also falls into this category. We will be watching how the show progresses from here with interest.

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Equality Report 404 “The Break-Up”

A reminder of our position on break-ups:

Is the GEP just about the Brittana and Klaine ships? What if they break up?

Our campaign is not about shipping specific couples. It’s about glaring double standards we’ve noticed in regards to the portrayal of LGBTQ relationships on the show. If any of the LGBTQ couples break up, we hope the breakups will be treated equally to those the straight couples experience. If they move on to other relationships, we support seeing communication and affection happen in those without the double standards that plagued Season 3 portrayals.

What we don’t want to see is a situation where the straight characters move on to other love interests while the gay characters become the only gays in their village, lacking entirely in romantic plots or options. Breakups should happen because it makes sense for the characters and the changes in their lives, not to remove the pesky problem of how to portray LGBTQ relationships on television.

  • The conversation between Santana and Brittany where Santana talks about the problems of long-distance relationships is realistic, and treats their relationship and feelings respectfully.
  • Kurt and Blaine, and Brittany and Santana, are allowed to kiss in the same episode. Usually, if one couple kisses, the other does not. Achievement!
  • Despite the troubling context of cheating and relationship breakdown, we do acknowledge that in terms of equality, both Blaine and Kurt are presented as sexual beings. Their sexual intimacy as a couple is acknowledged when Blaine speaks of missing “messing around” with Kurt, Kurt agreeing that he misses it too.
  • When Blaine surprises Kurt by coming to visit him in New York, they greet each other with a kiss, their first since 305 “The First Time.”
  • Chase Madison is shown to be completely accepting of Kurt’s sexuality.

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Equality Report 403 “Makeover”

  • It is established that Kurt and Blaine are maintaining frequent contact; talking, texting and Skyping as much as possible. The narrative shows the very different challenges each of the boys are facing as individuals, how their lives are diverging, and how this is beginning to have an impact on their relationship.
  • Blaine and Sam were shown to be friends. There was no squeamishness about having a straight boy undress in front of a gay boy. The matter-of-factness of this scene dispelled any notion of the ‘predatory’ gay stereotype.

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Oops, they did it again.

As we’ve come to expect from Glee, Kurt and Blaine did not kiss or have a private scene in the season opener. We have a lot of thoughts about the opener in general, and we’ll be sharing those in due course, but we believe this warrants more immediate comment. Narratively it made no sense for there not to be a kiss or a private scene between these characters in the episode. They’re a loving couple facing a lengthy separation. They’re committed to making their distance relationship work. In every story like this in the history of basically ever, the young lovers cling to one another, kiss, cry, and say their tearful goodbye. They would definitely kiss. It’s only natural.

Not on Glee.

On Glee, a gay kiss is avoided, once again, by setting their conversations, and especially their big goodbye scene, in public and in a highly homophobic environment. Forget that they have cars, bedrooms, and even empty classrooms, Kurt and Blaine talked briefly about this big decision in a crowded courtyard and shared a hug goodbye.  

We’re disappointed, but after all this time we’re not very surprised. They’ve been in public, chaperoned or fighting since the last time they kissed. How long has that been anyway?


That’s over 300 days in real world time. No straight couple on Glee has gone that long without a kiss. It’s over half the length of their entire romantic relationship. It’s also a glaring double standard. We’re not asking for naked make out sessions. We’re asking for equal portrayals that make sense in the context of the stories being told.

This isn’t equality.

A gay hug does not equal a straight kiss. It didn’t in season 3, and it doesn’t now. We’re not impressed.

Stay tuned for a more complete review of all the LGBTQ portrayals, positive and negative, in our Equality Report on Tuesday.

Where does the GEP stand on Klaine or Brittana breaking up?

An addition to our updated and extended Frequently Asked Questions.

Is the GEP just about the Brittana and Klaine ships? What if they break up?

Our campaign is not about shipping specific couples. It’s about glaring double standards we’ve noticed in regards to the portrayal of LGBTQ relationships on the show. If any of the LGBTQ couples break up, we hope the breakups will be treated equally to those the straight couples experience. If they move on to other relationships, we support seeing communication and affection happen in those without the double standards that plagued Season 3 portrayals.

What we don’t want to see is a situation where the straight characters move on to other love interests while the gay characters become the only gays in their village, lacking entirely in romantic plots or options. Breakups should happen because it makes sense for the characters and the changes in their lives, not to remove the pesky problem of how to portray LGBTQ relationships on television.

We will be decidedly unimpressed if the only one to move on to another relationship is the bisexual girl and she goes back to dating boys. An unfortunate trend in the portrayal of bisexuals on television is that they engage in one same sex relationship, then it’s back to opposite sex relationships from there out.

We’ll be watching and reporting.

WMHS Yearbook: the Lost Pages, part 8

Different people like different aspects of the characters and couples on Glee but here are some of the things we’ve heard about the current LGBT couples. First up is Kurt and Blaine. The next page published tonight will be Santana and Brittany.

Do you want Glee to do better? Write Fox:

Kevin Reilly
FOX Broadcasting Company
10201 West Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035

Want to see Kurt & Blaine, Brittany & Santana together in S4 promo photos?

FOX is doing the Glee Season 4 gallery photoshoot today. It would be a positive gesture from the network if they were to photograph Kurt & Blaine as a couple, Brittany & Santana as a couple. The girls were side by side for the Season 2 slushie photoshoot and they had Brittany carrying Santana as they ducked those dodegballs last season, but we’ve never had an official photo of Kurt & Blaine together. Even when they won the FOX facebook competition for favourite couple, FOX just [badly] photoshopped them.

If you want FOX to provide an official Kurt & Blaine portrait, or an official Brittany & Santana portrait, tweet @GleeonFox today and respectfully request that. And please re-blog this as widely as you can.

EDITED TO ADD: Chris is in LA today as he’s attending both the Teen Choice Awards [Lea will be there too] and Outfest tonight.

If enough people tweet @GleeonFOX respectfully to provide an official portrait of Kurt & Blaine, Brittany & Santana as a couple, it’s something FOX could do at a later date if not today. This would be an important, positive and public gesture from the network.

Please don’t tweet the actors!

"Kurt hates PDA." — Executive Producer & writer Brad Falchuk, Glee Comic Con panel, 14 July 2012

Wow. Okay. It’s Kurt’s fault. The boy who was desperate to walk hand-in-hand down the hallway with a boy he liked or slow dance at his prom. Okay, then.

Only…if Kurt hates public displays of affection, what is wrong with private displays of affection for Kurt & Blaine? What’s preventing Brittany & Santana having a conversation in private?

Beats us. Really. It’s somehow not an issue Glee writers have for the straight characters or couples, or even Team Gay, provided they’re not with their significant other for the scene…