'This Is Us' Tess comes out as gay, and fans recall the same experience with their own kids
In the special Thanksgiving episode, Tess, one of the younger members of the Pearson family in "This Is Us" revealed a huge secret. She came out as gay.
During the "Six Thanksgivings" episode of "This is Us," Randall (Sterling K. Brown), Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) and the girls planned to volunteer at a soup kitchen. Kate (Chrissy Metz) and Toby (Chris Sullivan) decided to cook the dinner for Thanksgiving supper.
However, just before the family leaves for the soup kitchen, Tess says she's not feeling well. She decides to stay home instead of joining the family.
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Toby and Kate work on the dinner. Toby decides to check on Tess and give her some soup to feel better. When he got upstairs, he realizes she has gotten her first period. She is fumbling around trying to figure out what to do so he calls Kate upstairs to help her.
Kate gives her a pep talk. She also tells her about her first period saying, "When I was around your age, we were staying at a beach house with Miguel's family, and I'm sharing a room with Amber, Miguel's daughter, who I worshipped... I was asleep when it happened."
While that moment seemed like a big reveal, the best was yet to come. When Kate went on to joke with Tess about looking forward to having a lot of firsts along the way, including first kiss and first boyfriend, Tess makes a huge revelation.
Nervously, Tess corrected her sister saying, "... or girlfriend." The words not only revealed Tess' sexual orientation but also leave Kate sunned for a few moments.
When Kate wraps her thoughts around the revelation, she responds with a brief, "yes, or girlfriend." Tess begs Kate not to tell their parents, and while she promises not to, Kate also reassures her sister that the revelation won't affect how they love her.
"I won't. But Tess, your parents are going to love you no matter what, so you should tell them," Kate says to Tess.
Fans adored the episode and took to the comments section to share their surprise at the revelation. Others shared they're coming out stories and about family members who had come out.
One said they experienced the same thing with their daughter. Adding that they were "honored she came" to them. Many were blown away with how effortlessly and maturely Kate handled the situation.
The episode ended with fans wondering how Tess will break the news to her parents.