Wilson Cruz passes gay TV teen torch to 'Faking It' cast

GLAAD National Spokesperson Wilson Cruz yesterday hosted a screening and Q&A panel for the upcoming MTV comedy Faking It with show Executive Producer Carter Covington and cast members Michael Willett (G.B.F.), Rita Volk and Katie Stevens. Faking It follows high school best friends who are mistaken for a lesbian couple and decide to go it when they see the positive attention it brings to them at school, but one of the girls may find she has real feelings for her friend. The series premieres on MTV Tuesday, April 22 at 10:30pm. covered the panel:

"In his youth the GLAAD spokesman became a pioneer in television history when his character, Rickie, came out as gay on ABC’s My So-Called Life. But whereas Rickie experienced high school as a battleground of bullies where the 'fear of people's reaction [to a gay youth] was very real,' as Cruz recalled, Faking It’s Hester High School embraces all things queer.

Though the pop culture references in the stories of LGBT teens may vary with the times, Cruz said, 'In the end, its' a universal theme, which is we’re all just trying to figure out who we are, and love ourselves, and love the people in our lives — exactly as they come to us.'”

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