On Friday, Netflix released the hugely anticipated Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, and for the first time in the history of the Gilmore Girls universe, queer viewers found themselves represented in the small Connecticut town of Stars Hollow.
Michel Gerard (Yanic Truesdale), snarky, self-obsessed concierge at the Independence Inn and then later the Dragon Fly managed to coast through seven seasons of the original series with only a single reference to his love life, at that time, about a date with a woman.
However, Michel's character was always portrayed with shades of stereotyping that would have had most people assuming he was, in fact, gay - and whether due to network constraints or simply the perceived prejudice of the early 2000s it was never confirmed, until now.
Amy Sherman-Palladino appears to have gone into the revival with the intention of righting a few wrongs. Not only is Michel outed seamlessly as he laments about his husband Frederick wanting children, but one of Stars Hollow's infamous town meetings surrounds the discussion of a gay pride parade, with the characters complaining that they don't have "enough gays" to hold a parade and can't understand why neighbouring town Woodbridge can't supply a few of theirs.
Taylor Doose (Michael Winters), town selectman and one of the primary antagonists of the series also got a bit of the rainbow treatment during the scene, along with Gypsy (Rose Abdoo), the town's resident mechanic - although the sexuality of neither was outright confirmed.
As someone who grew up watching Gilmore Girls, it was a refreshing change to see the series catch up with the modern world. The very meta shout out to the underrepresented LGBT community during the town meeting felt a little like an apology from Sherman-Palladino, who initially envisioned the series with the beloved Sookie (Melissa McCarthy) being a lesbian.
In a time when we are once again seeing an explosion of anti-gay rhetoric in the media, representation and normalization of LGBT rights in TV and film such as this is more important than ever before.