Mar 8, 2014
Jackson Odell: Gay-Positive Teen Idol
Zeke does not, at any point, melt into a puddle of hormones at the sight of a cute girl. This is perhaps a first for any teenage boy character in the movies.
He began making the sitcom circuit, with roles in Jessie, Arrested Development, and such gay-positive series as Modern Family and The Fosters.
He signed on to a talent agency to pursue his singing career, and released covers of many contemporary hits, including the gay-themed "Same Love." He explains: "This song has significance right now that I think is important to address. Let people love who they love."
He has a fan page with 50,000 subscribers.
The Goldbergs, about a Jewish family in the 1980s, as the teenage Barry's buddy.
Nostalgia tv always lacks gay content -- the fun for hetero audiences is in imagining what the world was like in the good old days before those pesky gay people existed. But since Jackson is so gay-positive, maybe he'll add some glimmers of gay subtext to his character.