ABC’s “Once Upon A Time” Finally Shows Same-Sex Kiss—And It’s Magical

"In a fairy tale, as in life, love is love."

We’ve seen LGBT characters on ABC’s fairly-tale drama Once Upon a Time before, but Sunday’s episode gave us our first magical same-sex kiss.

Ruby (Meghan Ory) and Mulan (Jamie Chung) have traveled to Oz to find Red’s pack and stumble across Dorothy (Teri Reeves), who’s less than thrilled to meet these newcomers.

They nonetheless united to defeat the Wicked Witch, but when Dorothy disappears, Ruby discovers she’s the victim of a sleeping curse in the Underworld.

Naturally only true love’s kiss can break the spell—and it’s Ruby’s smooch that does the trick.

“True love’s kiss has been a staple of this show since the beginning,” executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis told EW. “This past Sunday’s episode was just another example of how in a fairy tale, as in life, love is love.”


Horowitz and Kitsis teased there’d be a same-sex couple this season, leading some to predict it’d be Mulan, who professed her love for Aurora in Season Three, who found love.

Producers intentionally didn’t hype the kiss in advance or advertise it as a “very special episode.”

“Our goal is to make it as we see it in the real world, just as normal and as a part of every day life as it should be,” Horowitz said.

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.