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Heartstopper Season 2 Shows There’s No Age Limit on First-Time Love


One character’s journey in Heartstopper season 2 helps expand the show’s LGBT themes to another generation.

Fisayo Akinade as Mr Ajayi, Nima Taleghani as Mr Farouk
Photo: Teddy Cavendish | Netflix

This article contains spoilers for Heartstopper season 2.

Netflix’s second season of Heartstopper is breaking viewership records for LGBTQ+ programming, transcending the typical queer audience it would be expected to garner. Nick Nelson (Kit Connor) and Charlie Spring’s (Joe Locke) deeply romantic teenage fling started to blossom into a real relationship in season 2, and with that development came discussions around coming out, eating disorders, communication, and sexual consent. The series has a unique way of painting every scenario gold that could possibly trouble its characters.

Heartstopper’s eternal queer ecstasy is an absolute Godsend for the LGBTQ+ community, allowing young viewers to see a bright light of possibility and potential for their adolescent romantic prospects and on into adulthood. In a world with so much darkness and depression, having this type of upbeat version of living queer is undeniably vital. This positivity has an odd way of making LGBTQ+ viewers sad at the same time, though. Our real world is still filled with homophobia, discrimination, and even politicians trying to reverse history and manifest regression in the sphere of progression toward an accepting and diverse future. 

Even if you live in an area where queer people are mostly free to live their lives, you may not have had the same teen experiences as the kids in Heartstopper. There wasn’t any type of media like this show even a decade ago, leaving many generations before zoomers out in the dark searching for their version of a Nick and Charlie partnership. Kids who grew up pre-2010s and 2020s often stayed in the closet throughout their high school years. 

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