Network TV's first gay high schooler (played by a teenage Ryan Phillippe), came out to dispel rumors that he was being molested by the town's compassionate pastor and then, shortly afterward, bolted to attend Yale. ''I would worry, 'What will the people at school think?','' Phillippe admitted 18 years later to Men's Health, ''And they fully shunned me in a lot of ways...but it ended up being an incredible experience and such a time of growth.''
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Two decades ago there were no gay teens on TV; here are some of the characters since '92 who made history, from Billy Douglas on ''One Life to Live'' and Rickie Vasquez on ''My So-Called Life'' to today