ABC, Ugly Betty Provide GLSEN with Exclusive Image of Justin’s April 7 Coming Out Episode; Writers Send Email to GLSEN Supporters
ABC and Ugly Betty have provided GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, and our supporters with an exclusive first look of the historic April 7 Ugly Betty episode in which Justin comes out.
The image can be viewed at http://www.glsen.org/cgi-bin/iowa/all/news/record/2551.html. Photo credit ABC/Patrick Harbron.
GLSEN is also mentioned in the episode.
“We are honored that ABC and Ugly Betty have allowed GLSEN to share the first look from the special April 7 episode,” GLSEN Executive Director Eliza Byard said. “As we continue to follow Justin’s growth as a teenager, we are catching glimpses of the experiences so many young people go through as they discover their identities. Our hope is that someday all students, regardless of how they identify, will be able to do so in a safe and respectful learning environment free from bullying and harassment.”
Ugly Betty’s writers have also penned an email for GLSEN’s supporters describing how their support for LGBT youth and safe schools for all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, has played a part in shaping the final Ugly Betty season.
In our show’s final season, we’re very proud to present a storyline about Betty’s teenage nephew, “Justin,” coming to terms with his sexual identity in high school. That storyline reaches its peak in our April 7 episode.
We hope you’ll watch this episode; maybe even gather a group of friends to watch it with you. As a supporter, you’ll be proud to know that GLSEN is mentioned prominently. But what’s even more important is that GLSEN’s message about safe schools for all students — LGBT, questioning or otherwise — is at the heart of Justin’s story.
While we’re saddened that Ugly Betty’s four-season run will be coming to an end this spring, we think America learned a lot about the different dimensions of gay and transgender lives. It certainly has been an entertaining, exciting and interesting ride for us.
Your support for GLSEN is making real storylines, just like Justin’s, possible in schools all over our country. We applaud the work you do, and hope you’ll be watching with all of us at Ugly Betty as we help our much-loved Justin take the next step in his personal coming out journey.
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Don’t miss this special April 7 episode; check your local listings for time!
GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. Established in 1990, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a more vibrant and diverse community. For information on GLSEN’s research, educational resources, public policy advocacy, student organizing programs and educator training initiatives, visit http://www.glsen.org