Degrassi High’s Adamo Ruggiero who plays Marco on the show is one of Hollywood’s few young openly gay actors who plays a gay character on a TV show. Degrassi High has been a popular N Network edgy and progressive show about teens.
Ruggiero has been able to play out a storyline that in many ways he says reflects his own coming out process. He has found out that through this character and his celebrity, many young LGBT people have seen him as a role model.
Gay youth issues and life have been addressed in many different ways through the character of Marco that has certainly earned Ruggiero some acclaim.
He has become involved in many advocacy efforts around LGBT rights. Ruggiero is especially sensitive to the youth and their need for support when coming out.
Hitting the big screen this year will be Ruggiero second movie endeavor and first outside of the Degrassi franchise called Make the Yuletide Gay.