If there were any doubts that Naya Rivera's character on the Fox musical-comedy Glee is a lesbian, the show's writers have put them to rest.
In the recent episode titled Sexy, Santana confessed to Brittany, played by Heather Morris, that she loves her. Brittany declared her love in return but added that she was taken.
“Santana is now out, internally,” Falchuk said. “Whether she's dating somebody or not, we don't know. But we think we've made a big step in giving the world that character. Whether she and Brittany will work out we don't know.”
Rivera said she was “more than honored” to play gay.
Rivera's character joins the show's leading gay men, Kurt, played by Chris Colfer, and Blaine, played by Darren Criss, who this week sealed their romance with a kiss. A third male character, bully Dave Karofsky, played by Max Adler, remains closeted.
"Glee" co-creator Brad Falchuk confirmed that Santana (Naya Rivera) is a lesbian and that her story line will continue to evolve during the last six episodes of season two. On Wednesday, while attending PaleyFest in Beverly Hills, Falchuk finally brought clarity to the arc involving Brittany and Santana, stating without hesitation, "Santana is a lesbian."
Lesbian visibility “was our intention,” Falchuk explained. “We wanted to make sure everybody is included. Santana is a lesbian. She might not be ready to come out yet, but she is.”
This is the fourth gay character to emerge on "Glee" in the past two seasons. In addition to Kurt and Blaine, newcomer Karofsky has been struggling internally with his own homosexuality. How do fans feel about seeing Santana as a lesbian on the show? See below for a range of interesting responses from Twitter:
Leyla Ramos: "It's good..... Not all gay people r guys.... Lesbian teens need someone to tell their story too."
Rachel: "Better for her to be bi. They already had a gay character, bi touches a whole new group & the issues & confusion they face."
Hayley B.: "Maybe that's why she always felt comfortable sleeping around with guys... She didn't feel emotionally connected?"
Lauren Keyes: "Love the idea that Santana's a b***h because she feels she can't act on her feelings. Hope she and Karofsky have a connection. That being said, I think the more GLBT representation the better. Can't wait to see Santana come to terms with her sexuality."
Carlos Perez: "I like Santana as a lesbian, I think her coming out is one of the things that make Kurt and Blaine transfer to McKinley."