“There’s one story we have; it’s by no means final, but it would involve Meg coming out as a lesbian,” Family Guy showrunner Alec Sulkin said to Splitsider in an interview about the hopeful revitalization of the longstanding animated series, currently with 15 seasons under its belt.
It’s all in an effort to delve into characters with less explored character arcs, according to Sulkin.
The Meg character, voiced by film and TV star Mila Kunis, is typically the laughing stock of the series, often the butt of the family’s jokes.
While one more LGBT character in pop culture would be great, only time will tell how the show handles Meg’s ‘coming out,’ as it has a less than stellar reputation for dealing with queer issues considerately. Last year, Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane refused to comment on the series’ jabs at Caitlyn Jenner, with MacFarlane saying, “Once the outrage industry shuts down, I will be happy to have an adult conversation about all of this stuff any time anyone wants, but, even though I’m on the side of support, I just don’t think there’s any way to.”
The interviewer for the Splitsider piece mentions that Meg’s sexuality (and even gender identity) has been fodder for the show before. In an episode titled “Brian Swings and Sings,” Meg pretends to be a lesbian for social acceptance. In another, titled “Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story,” Meg transitions into a man named Ron.