"Glee's" Mike O'Malley is weighing in on how the show has helped parents and their GLBT children communicate.
As he explained, "I think that the relationship that Burt and Kurt have had on the show has helped inform or make it easy for either kids to come out to their parents, or parents to be accepting about a lifestyle that maybe they're not used to."
O'Malley pointed out how important it was for parents to not only love their children unconditionally, but to also allow them the freedom to be who they are. As he commented, "I also think it's really, really important though for parents out there to just let kids be who they are and to come into their identity at their own pace."
The relationship between Burt and Kurt is truly special. When Kurt first came out, Burt accepted it without question. He also stuck his neck out for his son countless times as seen during the "Defying Gravity" sing-off, and the Karofsky bullying situation.
When Kurt made out with Brittany (Heather Morris), Burt stepped back and allowed him to come to terms with his sexual orientation in his own time, and assured him that either way was okay.
Drawing from his TV character, O'Malley commented, "what I loved about Burt? He wasn't like, 'okay, you're out. So now let's get Bravo together, and I'll get you a subscription to the Advocate.' It was just like, 'hey, I don't know much about this. I love you. You've got to be on your own journey, and I'm there to support you on it.'"
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