The 15 Most Groundbreaking Gay Roles on Television

Television firsts, from Rickie on 'My So-Called Life' to Kurt and Blaine on 'Glee'
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Erik van der Woodsen on 'Gossip Girl'

Erik van der Woodsen — the voice of reason and clarity of the van der Woodsen-Bass-Humphrey family — may have a little mental illness here and there, and he did do some time at the Ostroff Center for a suicide attempt, but otherwise, Erik is just a supportive, wealthy Upper East Side teenager who just happens to like boys.

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