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Glee writer says its gay characters will be the show’s legacy

Molly Rose Pike March 3, 2015

One of Glee’s creators, Ryan Murphy, has said that the story lines around gay characters will be the show’s legacy because they contribute to how people think.

Ryan Murphy, a writer and co-creator of Glee, has said that the show’s legacy will be the way it has influenced people to care about its gay characters and gay people.

When he was accepting a Family Equality Council award, Murphy said: “I think the success of Glee brought gay kids and gay families to millions of people who think they didn’t know those kinds of people, and then suddenly, within the course of one month, they did. To me, that is the great legacy of these shows and is why public opinion, I think, has changed so radically and so quickly.”

Glee has featured a number of LGBT characters in its six season run. Last month it featured a choir with 200 trans people and in a recent episode two gay couples were married in a double wedding.

Murphy claims that the show has influenced the way the American public think about marriage equality. He claimed that only 18% of Americans believed that a gay family was entitled to equal rights before shows like Glee were aired. Now the figure is said to be 50%.

The sixth and final season of Glee will conclude on March 20.

More: Glee, LGBT characters, representation, Ryan Murphy, Television, US

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