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  1. Stephen
    June 18, 2013

    Mr Phillipe might have played the first gay character on a minor story line on a soap but he was by no means the first on TV. Not even close. Among others there was a fine 1972 TV movie of the week, That Certain Summer, with Hal Holbrook and Martin Sheen as lovers.

    Mr. Phillipe should try not to say silly things in public.

  2. Charles
    June 18, 2013

    Stephen, Phillipe says that he played the first gay “teen” on TV, not the first gay male on TV. There had been gay characters in TV movies and even Billy Crystal playing gay character in Soap back in the late 1970s. I could list a number of TV series that addressed the gay issue beginning in the 1970s, but none that addressed the issue with a gay teen.

  3. Stephen
    June 18, 2013

    Charlie Sheen was a teenager in that movie.

  4. homer
    June 18, 2013

    Jim, One Life to Live is back as an online soap, available on Hulu. No gay characters, although Erika Kane’s lesbian daughter is back on All My Children.

  5. Timothy Kincaid
    June 18, 2013

    William McNamara played Matt Carter, a gay college student, in Doing Time on Maple Drive in 1992. I don’t know the release date or if Matt is supposed to be a teen or not. But that’s probably the closest challenger for claim on that ‘first’.

  6. Charles
    June 18, 2013

    Stephen, here is link to Wikipedia and the TV Movie “That Certain Summer”. Martin Sheen did not play a teenager. Holbrooks character, a divorced father, had a 14 year old teenage son who was distressed when he found out that his father was gay. Sheen played Holbrook’s partner.


  7. Now An Agnostic
    June 20, 2013

    Timothy. “Doing Time on Maple Drive” was a made for TV movie and was shown on Fox Night at the Movies on March 16, 1992. I recorded the movie, and it has been on a shelf in my bookcase for the past 21 years. Every so often over the years I have pulled it out and watched it. There is no chance in hell of such a movie being made for and shown on broadcast television (CBS, NBC, ABC, or Fox) in today’s anti-gay climate. The republicans simply would not allow it. It accurately depicts a right wing, religious, hypocritical (Mormon, Catholic, you name it) household. That’s probably why you have never seen it in a rerun on a mainstream broadcast channel. A PFLAG commercial (for lack of a better word) occurs midway in the movie. It should have been a public service announcement, but PFLAG probably had to pay for it.

    Most scenes in the movie are as relevant today as they were in 1992. I do have to say that the wallpaper in the Carter home is Horrid even by 1992 standards. I have wallpaper in my house which I installed in 1993, and it has definitely stood the “test of time.”

    Jim Carrey gives what I consider a brilliant dramatic performance as the oldest son, Tim, and has since then endeared him to me.

    Matt who brings his fiance (soon to be wife as the wedding invitations have gone out) home from Yale to “meet the parents.” Matt and Kyle had been lovers in high school and both went to Yale and continued the relationship–that is until Matt gets engaged. The movie starts out with Matt returning some of Kyle’s “things” to his dorm room, and Kyle has tacked a note to his door. Matt puts the note in his sport coat inside pocket. Fiance reads note. Fiance breaks engagement and goes home. Boyfriend Kyle only gets about 20 seconds of actual screen time. Google “Doing Time on Maple Drive” for details. The DVD is available at Barnes and Noble for $9.99. I think I will buy it as the quality of my video is not real good.

    Sorry to ramble.

  8. Richard Rush
    June 21, 2013

    Now An Agnostic, thanks for the info. about “Doing Time on Maple Drive.” I just checked Netflix, and they have it.

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