Warning: Spoilers ahead for Episode 1 and 2 of Netflix's Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.
As any viewer of the original #GilmoreGirls series will know, although the show tackled many big and controversial life issues, there were just as many that it glossed over altogether. And for many fans one of the strangest things that the show never seemed to address was Michel's sexuality.
Sure, Michel once mentioned dating a woman in the series, but then there also was a whole raft of evidence to the contrary. I mean, the man saw Celine Dion in concert six times, kept impeccable health and grooming, loved gossiping with his mother and also worked at a quaint country inn! And while yes I understand everything I've listed could be enjoyed by a man of any sexual orientation, this was also a show that thrived on stereotypes, but weirdly always seemed to stop just short of confirming that Michel was in fact gay, or even bi.
However, with the arrival of Netflix's Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life the show has finally stopped tap dancing around the truth, and managed to confirm in the very first episode that Michel was part of the #LGBTQ community and had even found luck in love with his husband and partner of five years, Frederick.
Not only did the show finally confirm Michel was either gay or bi, but the handling was seamless, just a casual conversation as Michel and Lorelai walked through the inn. No pomp, no circumstance, just one friend telling another friend their married-life woes. And with that, a quick walk down the Dragonfly's stairs, Gilmore Girls gained its first gay character (well, technically characters).
As it turns out, Gilmore Girls had planned to have a gay character from the very beginning of the series, with show creator Amy Sherman-Palladino originally pitching Sookie as a lesbian. However, the network executives at the now-defunct The WB didn't go for the idea back in 2000 when the show started, and instead Sookie was written as straight.
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However, if you thought that 16 years later, Michel and Frederik were all the LGBTQ residents that Stars Hollow could handle, then you were in for a surprise when in Episode 2 "Spring," Taylor revealed that the town had plans to throw its first gay pride parade! While unfortunately it turned out that the community had too few gay characters to warrant a parade (sorry Donald, Adele and Lois), it was cool to see Stars Hollow (a.k.a Gilmore Girls as a whole) making a real effort to make amends for the seven seasons they neglected to include even one out and proud character.
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life and all seven seasons of Gilmore Girls are available to stream on Netflix now.