How “Seinfeld” Helped Break Homophobia In The ’90s

"It seems like there definitely is something wrong with that"

Gay culture historian Matt Baume has given us in-depth commentaries on how classic TV moments from such iconic shows as All In The Family and The Golden Girls helped change the public perception of LGBT issues.

Now Matt has moved forward to the ’90s, and explores a classic episode from that show about nothing, Seinfeld.


“The Outing” was the 16th episode of the fourth season, and first aired on February 11, 1993. Through a series of misunderstandings, a reporter comes to believe that Jerry and George are a gay couple, leading to gay panic, and guilt over gay panic.

It was something George would deal with frequently.


Matt explores the intense homophobia of the early ’90s, and how episodes like this were so important in illuminating the ridiculous nature of anti-gay behavior, even when it was subtle and backhanded, and came from liberal New Yorkers.

Take a look.

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