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United States of Tara: Television’s Most Unremarkable Coming Out Ever

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Yeah, Glee‘s Kurt is going to get a hot jock boyfriend and become the school’s gay power couple, but it’s on Showtime’s United States of Tara that we’re seeing the real renaissance of television’s gay kids. (Stop here if you don’t want to be spoiled.)

On last night’s episode Marshall, the quondam questioning but now sexuality certain offspring of Tara and Max, played by Keir Gilchrist, tells his father he’s gay. It was the most nonchalant, “yeah whatever” coming out we’ve seen on TV, which makes sense, because the Gregsons have always been depicted as a pretty open-minded bunch, and Marsh’s sexuality was always known (and sometimes talked about). Max’s reaction to the news? “Good.” Good. Good!

The big reveal came after Marshall tried out heterosexual sex with a lady classmate — where, if our red wine-infused memory serves correctly, neither tween managed to get off. Sometimes, that’s all it takes to know it’s not right for ya.

Coming out: Still pretty special, but not necessarily remarkable.