Kit Connor signed up for Heartstopper in hopes of helping expand queer representation

While Kit Connor noted the caveat that Netflix series Sex Education will primarily star a bisexual male character, the actor stressed the importance of having that experience at the heart of Heartstopper. “You know, this show is very focused on that,” he said. “One of the biggest storylines is Nick’s exploration of his sexuality.”

Although female bisexuality is widely portrayed in popular media, male bisexuality receives far less attention. With that in mind, it’s easy to see where Connor’s claim is coming from, though he conceded that not even a show like Heartstopper can necessarily make everyone feel included. “I think one of the challenges of a show like this is that there’s never a one-size-fits-all solution,” he said.

“We really did our best to be as comprehensive and representative as possible…but at the same time, everyone’s life experience is different,” Connor continued. “We’ve done our best to represent this and create a safe space for the queer community in particular.”

With Netflix already renewing Heartstopper for a second season, fans can no doubt look forward to an even more positive queer portrayal when the show returns. Hopefully the streamer won’t plague the cast with more water-based milkshakes this time around.

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