Pride Month Program Spotlight: “Teen Wolf”
Welcome to the twenty first article in our Pride series for the month of June! Each day, we have been highlighting a different LGBTQ+ character who we think is a great example of representation, dynamic characterization, and overall badassery. Today, we are highlighting an entire show! Check out the rest of the series here.
It is so rare to come across a show filled with diverse and accepting characters on television these days. It is even rarer to find a show that does it in a subtle way. I was so pleasantly surprised by how well-rounded Teen Wolf was, and how little praise it had received.
With Pride Month in full swing, I think it is important to note just how accepting the characters onTeen Wolf were of characters in the LGBTQ+ community. Early on in the series, we meet Danny (Keahu Kahuanui), a classmate and fellow lacrosse teammate of Scott (Dylan O’Brien) and Stiles (Tyler Posey). There was no big coming out, and no obvious focus on his sexuality. We simply find it out in Season 1, Episode 2 by an offshoot comment from Stiles. Danny’s classmates and teammates were nothing but kind and accepting of him. It was always just simply who Danny was, which was a continuing theme with other characters as well.
Later on in Season 2, while on the hunt for a creature called a “Kanima,” Stiles and Scott find themselves in a gay bar after following Danny inside. They both stayed after figuring that fact out and even accepted a drink from a guy at the bar. We later find out that Stiles even befriended a group of transgender women when he invites them to Lydia’s (Holland Roden) birthday party.
Throughout the series, we meet Mason (Khylin Rhambo) and Corey (Michael Johnston), a couple whose strong love defied almost every obstacle thrown in their way. We meet Ethan (Charlie Carver), one of the Alpha twins who dated Danny. We find out later in the series that he is in a serious relationship with Jackson (Colton Haynes), a character who originally identified as straight. Lydia, his ex-girlfriend, was happy that he finally figured it out and found love with Ethan. Speaking of Lydia, we also find out her grandmother Lorraine was in love with a woman named Maddy.
It is clear that Teen Wolf made sure there was a voice for everyone. That the viewers were heard and represented within every character of the show. Whatever the struggle, they showed us that you will always make it through. If you are considered different, that is okay, too. Because in terms of Teen Wolf, different is synonymous to perfect, amazing and extraordinary.
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