Lauren’s post on Inter/Act.
FAKING IT IS BACK, and is doing some really great things right off the bat. In case you haven’t heard yet, Lauren’s secret was revealed in the season premiere, and it seems like it is going to be handled really, really well. It turns out that Lauren is intersex. There have been several other intersex characters on television before, but they have been portrayed offensively and have never been a major character with an identity outside of the condition, according to this post. (This post can teach you about the specific condition that Lauren has.)
Apparently, MTV and the showrunners have been doing close work with Inter/Act Youth, a site which they show Lauren posting on during the episode, and they even held an Inter/Act workshop to educate the cast and crew. On MTV’s Faking It page you can also find a video about “9 Things You Need to Know about Being Intersex,” starring Bailey DeYoung, who plays Lauren, and an Inter/Act staff member. So far, the show has barely touched on the topic, but it looks like the conversation surrounding it will be as nonproblematic as possible, and this representation is monumental.