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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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Jack McPhee on 'Dawson’s Creek'

"Yes, I am!"

It was the assertion that rang across millions of TV sets back in 1999 as Kerr Smith's Jack McPhee finally admitted to his in-denial father (and to himself) that he was gay. The football-playing Capside resident also participated in the very first male-on-male kiss on network television, in 2000 – after all, shouldn't you be able to make out with your prom date? And in the series 2003 finale, Jack managed to do what no other character in the Creek's six seasons could: He brought Deputy Doug Witter out of the closet (to viewers, at least) with one passionate smooch.

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