According to Hayes, who stars as the confident, outspoken Jack McFarland, the honesty and positivity in the show's portrayal of gay characters comes from showing the reality of the character's lives.
"These characters, as well as they are written, are just speaking their truth, and people were just responding to that," Hayes explained. "[Audiences] had never seen the pairing of all of these four different relationships on television. Whereas for me… I'm around gay people every day, so to me, it wasn't so newsworthy that there were gay characters on television. I mean, I understand why, but to me, it's been my normal life. So we're just sharing that part of our lives with you."