Benson's two-episode arc as Willow's Wicca-loving college friend Tara expanded into a multiseason stint as the girls grew into the series' most functional couple. ''My hope is that people won't be so anxious to put a label on it like she's become a lesbian, or it's just a phase, or she's bisexual,'' Buffy creator Joss Whedon told EW in 2000, ''I didn't want to make it a big issue. As soon as you start to hammer out a definition, it becomes kinda icky. It stops being just about these two people.''
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