Fifteen Years Ago, 'Dawson's Creek' Gave Us TV's First 'Passionate' Gay Kiss. How Far Have We Come?

April 9, 2015 4:52 PM

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Fifteen Years Ago, 'Dawson's Creek' Gave Us TV's First 'Passionate' Gay Kiss. How Far Have We Come?

Fifteen years ago, in an episode entitled "True Love," "Dawson's Creek" featured the first "passionate" kiss between two men on primetime television. Marked primarily by the Joey-Pacey-Dawson love triangle, the Season 3 finale showed just seconds of kissing as part of secondary plot point for Jack. Still, the episode is a milestone in the timeline of gay representation in pop culture -- one worth talking about in the context of the current state of acceptance surrounding same-sex love and the progress that still needs to be made.

At the end of the episode, Jack (who comes out in Season 2 after dating Joey) travels to Boston in an attempt to win back Ethan, gathering his courage before leaning in for a kiss. The camera closes in on their lips before Jack is interrupted by the realization that Ethan has a boyfriend (who is sit...

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