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How Is It Possible That Grey's Anatomy Just Cast Its First Gay Male Surgeon?

It's about time!

Lindsay MacDonald

Grey's Anatomy has had its fair share of LGBTQ representation over the course of its 14-year run, but Season 15 will introduce Grey Sloan Memorial's first ever gay male surgeon! TV Line reports that newcomer Alex Landi has been cast as Dr. Nico Kim, though any character details beyond his sexuality are being kept tightly under wraps. We don't even know how extended his character's stay on Grey's Anatomy will be, but we do hope he at least gets his own small story arc this year.

It seems kind of baffling that it took Grey's Anatomy this long to introduce a gay male surgeon on the show, especially since it's had quite a few bisexual and lesbian doctors over the years -- Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez), Arizona Robbins (Jessica Capshaw), Erica Hahn (Brooke Smith), Carina DeLuca (Stefanie Spampinato) and Eliza Minnick (Marika Dominczyk) just to name a few. But Season 14 even introduced the series' first transgender doctor, Dr. Casey Parker (Alex Blue Davis)! It seems wild that gay surgeon hasn't entered the picture until now. And OK, sure, the long-running ABC series had a few gay male patients over the years, but there haven't been any that have had serious staying power on the show. Here's hoping Dr. Nico Kim will stick around for a while to bring some much needed diversity to the LGBTQ representation on the show!

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