Finally, we also have the Gay Promise. This is when the producers announce loudly and firmly that they’re going to have a gay character on the show. Real soon now! Really! Just watch and you’ll see! It’ll be a major character, too. We promise!
Sometimes the character shows up, but more often, the promise is quietly dropped because the producers chicken out.
SUPERGIRL actually came through on this one. Kara’s sister, a contract character, started to realize she was a lesbian and is currently exploring that with another woman. (Though the eternally unsatisfied me must still point out that Hollywood seems more willing to show women kiss on screen than men.)
Just lately, the YOUNG JUSTICE animated show announced they would have a gay character on their recently-revived show. As always, they haven’t said who or under what circumstances. I don’t know why they don’t just say who it’ll be. There’d be more publicity if they announce that Aqualad, or whoever they’ve chosen, is gay.
Hollywood, wake up! You can write actual gay men and give them happy endings. Let’s get started. Now.
–Steven Harper Piziks