With Ugly Betty winding down its run, producers have decided it's time for Betty's young nephew Justin (Marc Indelicato) to experience his first kiss ... with another guy.
Though the show has tiptoed around Justin's sexuality from the beginning (creator Silvio Horta told The Advocate he cast Justin as an effeminate 11- or 12-year-old), this season, Horta said he wanted to tell the story of Justin coming to terms with his identity.
The kiss takes place backstage after the curtain drops on Justin's school play. In the show Justin kisses his leading lady, and his male costar is just a little bit jealous.
Earlier this season, in the episode "Backseat Betty," Justin declared to family and friends, "I'm not gay" -- the beginning, Horta said, of his coming-out process.
"We want to tell a story of Justin coming to terms with his identity over the course of this whole year, and I think when he says that, it's really the beginning of telling the story, as opposed to the end," Horta said. "It gives us a place to go to. He's gonna be struggling with his identity, and that's part of it that's very realistic and relatable. Not really knowing who you are or what you are."