Jump ahead a few years, and it's even cropped up in Lena Dunham's Girls. The trope is officially and stubbornly solidified in pop culture. But it's exactly that positive progress that makes one thing clear today: The Gay Best Friend has got to go. In an era when marriage equality is sweeping the nation and acceptance is on the rise , it's a dated stereotype that, ultimately, does more harm than good. That's why it's time to replace the nonsensical "Gay Best Friend" with a more accurate term: friend. The root of the problem: "Stereotypes are a classification system that makes the world feel more manageable," says Liz Margolies, founder and executive director of the National LGBT Cancer Network.
Why It's Time to Say Goodbye to the "Gay Best Friend"
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With the latest iteration of this all-important relationship, Difficult People — starring Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner — in the middle of its second season on Hulu, we decided to take a look back and trace its evolution on TV. Early on, the gay male was often presented as an afterthought on television see: Coco, the gay houseboy on The Golden Girls never to be seen again after the pilot , or as accessories to the lovelorn female character see: Stanford Blatch to Carrie Bradshaw. Whereas lesbians have been largely ignored in the cultural landscape, for decades gay men have served as wise, sassy sages, snapping in a Z formation and providing a sympathetic shoulder for women to cry on. But, as Dan Savage says: It gets better! And after the creators of the show realized that the Golden Girls could stand on their own, Coco was never seen again. My So Called Life, — The friends: Ricky, Angela, and Rayanne The relationship: Ricky Vasquez was friends with Rayanne first, but after Angela dyed her hair and ditched the normies to hang out with them, she joined the fold. As the first openly gay teenage character on American network television, he opened doors for the rest of the teens on this list.
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But uh, spoiler alert: It absolutely wasn't. So I settled for living vicariously through my favorite fictional teenagers and their exciting over-the-top lives, because that was way more fun than my boring day-to-day drudgery. Let's be honest, we haven't fully shed our teenage skin. Insecurities linger. Imposter syndrome is real as hell.