Dawson’s Creek: Inside the groundbreaking decision to have Jack come out as gay

Dawson’s Creek: Inside the groundbreaking decision to have Jack come out as gay

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One of the most important storylines covered by Dawson’s Creek was the season 2 decision to have Jack (Kerr Smith) reveal he was gay. Aside from Rickie on 1994’s My So-Called Life, there hadn’t been an out gay teen on a major network series before.

“Every single character has a trait of me in them,” explains creator Kevin Williamson. “They represent who I am. I had just, in my 20s, gone through the coming-out process and had told my parents I was gay. I had taken that whole journey, and I wa

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