Gay law student on ABC’s “How to Get Away With Murder” kicks series off with steamy sex scene
It seem like only yesterday that a scene on ABC’s Thirtysomething caused an uproar because two gay men were simply shown in bed together – they weren’t even doing anything!
Fast-forward 25 years.
Viewers of last night’s series premiere of ABC’s legal drama How to Get Away With Murder saw gay law student Connor Walsh seduce a man to get information on a case.
Their flirtation in a bar later moved to the bedroom where clothes came off, breathing gets heavy, and Connor (played by Jack Falahee) tells the guy to ‘turn over’ and presumably begins rimming him.
Creator Peter Nowalk says there was no pushback from the network on this particular gay sex scene and those to come.
‘I knew I wanted to push the envelope, especially with the gay sex,’ Nowalk tells E! Online. ‘And to me, writing the gay characterization and writing some real gay sex into a network show is to right the wrong of all of the straight sex that you see on TV.
‘Because I didn’t see that growing up, and I feel like the more people get used to two men kissing, the less weird it will be for people. I just feel like it’s a lack of vision that you don’t see it on TV, but ABC has never had a note about any of the weird stuff in the show, so I’m gonna keep it going.’
The character of Connor is one of the law students being mentored by Professor Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) in a series where the students become entangled in an actual murder plot.