'Vampire Diaries' Follows 'Glee's' Lead By Adding Gay Character

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Glee's creator Ryan Murphy stated he doesn't want Kurt's character to be a victim because of his sexual orientation, and he wants "that character to be able to educate a whole bunch of parents and kids about what is possible." Taking a step in the right direction, heads of other networks and shows are also echoing Ryan's message.

CBS faced criticism recently from The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) for their lack of gay characters -- but that's about to change next season. CBS President Nina Tassler announced, "I'm very disappointed in our track record so far. We know and we will do better."

On the other end of the spectrum, MTV and the CW received praise from the organization for their inclusive portrayals, and a new gay character will be joining The Vampire Diaries when the show returns.

Creator Kevin Williamson is a supporter of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network and says, "My writing staff is just a mixture of gay or gay-friendly. We all just sit around and talk about Glee and [ask], 'Why don't we have a gay character? Which character can be gay? Which character won't? Where will it fit in? How can I get the gay character in?'"
He continues, "I don't want to sound like I'm a militant about it -- like there must be a gay character -- even though I am. It's not just that, it's also diversity. I always feel like I don't have enough diversity on my show, and that is one of the things I'm very conscientious of, and not just gay characters. Any diversity. In anything, I want everyone represented. I want everybody on the show."

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