Sep 26, 2023
Brian Krause: Not Charming on Charmed
Next he starred in the homoromantic December (1991), as the jock boyfriend of quiet, studious Wil Wheaton in a prep school during World War II.
But it's all downhill from there.
Family Album (1994) is not quite as homophobic: Greg Thayer (Brian) is the son of a famous actress (Jaclyn Smith of Charlie's Angels) and her husband (Michael Ontkean). When his brother Lionel announces that he is gay, it causes immeasurable strife in the family.
Then he starred in some heterosexist "erotic thrillers," which provided some nudity, but they were about guys having sex with girls.
And some buddy-bonding movies, but he never played one of the buddies.
While the "I've got a secret" genre is always open to queering, the Charmed ladies are so aggressively searching for heterosexual partners that any symbolism is drowned out in the constant exchanges of "I met a new guy!" "Is he hot?"
Plus only one gay character -- Duncan Philips (Blake Bashoff) -- who appears in only one episode, apparently the only gay student at the Magic School, and the only gay person in San Francisco.
Plus female-female friendships are fine, but men approach each other only with suspicion, as competitors and potential enemies.
No word on whether he's a gay ally in real life. I doubt it.