It was recently announced that ABC’s groundbreaking hit series, Ugly Betty, has been cancelled after four seasons on the air. Throughout its run, openly gay creator and executive producer Silvio Horta ensured that Ugly Betty was often at the forefront of equal
and accurate representations of the LGBT community. The show was one of the few series in history that featured a transgender character, Alexis Meade, for nearly two seasons, in addition to Wilhelmina’s gay personal assistant, Marc St. James.
There has been an overwhelming public outcry from Ugly Betty fans, many of whom are LGBT due to the show's consistent inclusion of LGBT characters and storylines as well as its queer-friendly sensibilities that many in the LGBT community could relate to. The show often sends a message about self-acceptance, and of loving oneself even if the rest of the world may not. And while Alexis and Marc have made the show one of the gayest on television, Betty’s reputation as the outsider is often the most relatable to queer audiences everywhere.
In a statement by Ugly Betty’s openly gay executive producer, Silvio Horta, said that although they’ve decided to cancel the show, “we want to allow the show ample time to write a satisfying conclusion.”
This is no doubt a relief to those who wonder if Justin’s coming out be included in this conclusion? Although Horta has stated that Justin Suarez, Betty's fashion-forward, tap dancing nephew, would grow up to be gay, his sexuality has remained largely unaddressed. If Justin was to come out this season, he would be following a growing trend of adolescent LGBT characters in television. We look forward to following his story, and those of the other characters, as the series concludes its run.