Glee: Coming out on American Teen TV

Whitney Jade Monaghan

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This article suggests, Fox’s Glee (2009-present) poses an alternative to the more conventional representations of queerness on teen television, particularly in the context of coming out. Employing an ensemble of queer adolescent characters rather than a solitary queer figure, Glee offers multiple variations to the coming out narrative. This article discusses these variations with emphasis on storylines featuring Kurt and Santana as these characters feature more prominently within the series as a whole. Through consideration of different modes of coming out enacted by the series, this article poses the argument that Glee represents a significant departure from the norms of both the teen genre and the coming out narrative.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalJump Cut
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • television studies
  • gender studies
  • media studies
  • queer theory
  • teen television
  • Glee
  • sexuality

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