Last week, the progressive ABC Family drama The Fosters broke new ground, featuring the youngest gay kiss in TV history. Here, the teen who received the kiss dishes on the scene.
How do you think LGBT youth felt watching the scene?
I hope they felt happy. It was very important to portray a character that is going through a struggle that so many people go through. I want people to watch the show and see the struggle that Jude goes though and feel more comfortable about themselves; to feel like it doesn’t matter whether you are gay or straight or bisexual or transgender or whatever you are, that you are happy with who you are, and that you are accepting of yourself. My hope is that people watch the scene and they are happy to see something on television that represents them. They can see themselves on television and say, “I’m just like Jude, I go through these struggles, I’m so curious about my sexuality, I’ve been through the foster system.” And they’re happy they can see that in front of so many people and feel as though it’s okay, and it’s not a bad thing.
There have been a lot of positive reactions from fans about the kiss. But how do you deal with the negative people out there?
I kind of just ignore it. If people have their own personal opinions about different things, that’s fine. Religion is one of those things that’s a very tough topic. A lot of people have their religious beliefs and they think that the Bible or whatever they believe in is the right thing to follow. I think that if people want to believe that that’s OK, I just think that they shouldn’t try to make those who feel differently change their minds or feel bad about themselves.
What are you excited about most in regards to Jonnor?
The impact and the difference that they make. I think that’s so exciting. This is the youngest same-sex kiss on national television. I’m very honored to be a part of that and be someone that can help all these kids going through these struggles and hard times and make them feel better about themselves.