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Will Horton learns to accept his sexuality, Days of our Lives
Days of our Lives did a lot of things wrong this year (a LOT), but one of the few bright spots was the Will Horton storyline. DAYS took viewers on Will’s journey of self-loathing and fear of being gay to acceptance and the realization that it’s ok for him to be gay. Instead of facing his struggles alone, he was accompanied by people who would help him along the way (even if he didn’t know). Frenemy EJ (who was aware of Will’s struggles) encouraged him to embrace his desires (whether it was money or power), best friend Sonny offered and grandma Marlena offered guidance and support as Will struggled to admit to them – and himself – that he was gay. All allowed Will to be true to himself, never asking him deny the parts of himself that others might not approve of. Will’s coming out to his parents was especially well done, with Sami and Lucas supporting Will, even if they weren’t sure how to handle it.