For the amount of controversy that has arisen over gay characters and same-sex couples appearing in TV shows for absolutely silly reasons that are completely unfathomable to me, the hit CW show, The Vampire Diaries, stands strong with its support for the LGBT community. After starring Bill Forbes in season 3, which was the first and only gay character in the entirety of the show’s history, The Vampire Diaries cast Chris Brochu as Luke, a gay student at Whitmore College.
Although this will only make him the second gay character to appear on the show, this is a great sign of progress and a considerable step forward for TV in general. I can already hear the haters now because they’re always out there, but really, it’s 2014 and they’re just going to have to get over it.
Luke will make his debut in episode 16 of this season and will continue to play a role in the show, which was recently renewed for a sixth season. Brochu’s character will befriend Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Caroline (Candice Accola) while attending the university, but the girls will later discover that Broch has started this friendship for potentially dangerous reasons. The show will return Thursay, Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. on the CW and we’re definitely looking forward to all the vampy and witchy things that will take place.