Let the gay games begin…or more accurately, let us all watch as television begins doing rather strong storylines about being gay, and in some very different ways. Apparently, while I was indulging in my vice of cooking competition shows, a lot of gayness was happening on television. As already mentioned, Criminal Minds delved into the psychological damage that the torture colloquially known as either ‘reparative’ or ‘conversion’ or ‘ex-gay’ therapy can do, a football player was coming out of the closet on USA.
In the episode “There’s The Door” (the second season finale of Necessary Roughness), the character of Rex Evans played by Travis Smith struggles with coming out not only to his tea, The Hawks, but also to the fans.
The episode was nice to see, and I have to admit that I only watched it after a tip from a friend of mine that it had happened. I’m not big on football, and the show is rather soapy for my tastes.
Given the soap opera nature of the show, it is not surprising that it had some major flaws like spending very little time actually covering homophobia in the locker room. It does address it a bit during a tense scene when the team is falling apart and one of the players makes the point to stand up to defend his teammate after it becomes fully know that someone on the team is gay.
While the story focuses on the coming out of Evans, the fact that he is a second tier character makes his struggles kind of difficult to portray as part of the main focus; however, since this is a series that will be continuing onward, there is and should be hope that there will be plenty of time to cope with the issues surrounding being an out athlete.