So I was watching episode 4 of "Glee" last night, which ends with a gay high school student coming out to his father. Now, the kid himself is something of a cartoon, and the whole episode was a bit silly (although a lot of fun to watch). But I thought they really handled the coming out part with a great deal of dignity and sweetness. The kid was so obviously fearful of disappointing his father, but he wanted to be honest with him nonetheless. And the father's reluctant-but-loving acceptance just came across as very authentic.
I don't watch a lot of current high school shows, so I don't know if such scenes are becoming typical fare. Regardless, it was new to me. I don't recall seeing a coming out scene handled so well. And on a sit-com, no less.