Hey Gleeks, for those of you who missed it, last week’s episode (season3, episode 7) was a mash-up of many story lines, including crazy Coach Sue’s return! However, the best jaw-dropping moment was when Finn “outed” Santana as a lesbian, and we learn that Santana and Brittany are officially a couple.
The one thing that I really love about Glee is how they capture gay teen’s experiences- the emotions, frustrations, and major life-changing decisions. Some of the themes Glee focused on with Santana were:
Santana came out to her parents, and they were so loving and supportive! Santana also gives her grandmother a really brave speech about loving Brittany and wanting to be happy, and her grandmother’s response was heartbreaking. However, it’s also realistic of what many teens go through.
If you are a proud Glee fan (like me) you know that Santana isn’t exactly likeable. Finn shares a moment with her where he says he’s scared that the anger she takes out on the rest of the school will be directed inward- and he doesn’t want her committing suicide. They talk about how important it is to have the support of friends and family, and ultimately loving yourself and all of your differences- your sexuality, body image, etc.
OK so maybe this wasn’t a direct subject Glee tackled but it was definitely hinted at, and I can’t resist bringing it up! Finn discusses the special place Santana holds in his heart because she was the first girl he had sex with. Clearly Santana never got pregnant, so they were probably using condoms and another form of birth control. I love it when Glee makes sure to involve important points like that!
Whether you love Santana for her sarcastic comments or you can’t stand her, this episode definitely showed her as a sensitive teen dealing with big issues.
For more info on LGBT sexual health click on the following links:
- What is ‘Safe Sex’ for Teen Guys who have Sex with Guys?
- hat is ‘Safe Sex’ for Teen Girls who have Sex with Girls?