Santana comes out to grandmother on “Glee” and suffers this cruel rejection: “I don’t ever want to see you again.”
This week’s episode of Glee had a lot going on from the election for student body president to a love triangle involving Sue and Coach Beiste (who did her first solo!) to Puck hooking up with the teacher who adopted his and Quinn’s baby.
But it all paled in comparison to Santana’s coming out. The episode was a real showcase for Naya Rivera who was just aces throughout. By the time she closed the episode with a soaring rendition of Constant Craving, you knew that Santana was going to be okay.
Just moments earlier, in the episode’s best and most heart-breaking scene, Santana musters up the courage to come out to her grandmother. She had come out to her parents the night before and all had gone well but she was afraid her grandmother would find out by seeing an anti-Sue Sylvester political commercial that outs Santana.
“I have to tell you a secret, a secret that I’ve kept from you for a very long time,” she tells her grandmother at her kitchen table. “Abuelita, I love girls the way that I’m supposed to feel about boys. … I want you to know me, who I really am. When I’m with Brittany, I finally understand what people are talking about when they talk about love.”
She went on to tell her grandmother that being in the closet makes “every day feel like a war … I don’t want to fight any more. I’m just too tired. I have to just be me.”
It was all beautifully said and you figured anyone who really loved this beautiful girl would give her their love and support.
“I want you to leave this house,” the grandma says coldly. “I don’t ever want to see you again. You made your choice, now I have made mine.”
Just terrible. But also realistic. It’s reactions like this from parents that results in so many LGBT teens being homeless or being filled with pain and self-loathing. It’s no way to treat someone you profess to love.
But kudos to Glee for not making Santana a victim. Before she launched into that fabulous version of Constant Craving, she tells her supportive classmates: “The struggle continues but at least I know I’m not alone.’