A college professor who becomes Michael's long-term partner from Season 2 onwards, Ben also lives with HIV.Michael's mother Debbie disapproves of their relationship at first, because she fears that her son will become infected, but eventually she realizes that Michael loves Ben and so accepts him.
Nicknamed "Sunshine" by Debbie because of his bright smile and cheery disposition, Justin is queer-bashed at the end of Season 1, resulting in Brian taking him in during Season 2.
He is a few years older than Michael, Brian and Emmett.
He has a relationship in Season 3 with Emmett, as well as an on-again-off-again relationship with Blake.
An active PFLAG member, Debbie is fiercely proud of her son Michael's homosexuality, to the extent of making him embarrassed about it.
She treats all the boys as her own family, especially Justin, who briefly lives with her after he runs away from home.
To help Debbie pay the bills, Vic starts work as a chef at her diner.
He also works as a caterer for Emmett's event planning business.While he purports himself as not part of the gay and lesbian community, he will do what he can to protect his fellow gay man or woman.His motto when it comes to straight people: "There are two kinds of straight people in the world, those that hate you to your face and those who hate you behind your back."Justin loses his virginity to Brian at the age of seventeen and falls in love with him.David Cameron during season 1, Michael finds himself in a long-term relationship with Ben Bruckner, an HIV-positive college professor, beginning in season 2; Michael and Ben eventually marry near the end of season 4.Originally from Hazlehurst, Mississippi, Emmett is the most flamboyant of the group.A talented artist, Justin briefly contemplates attending business school to appease his father but ultimately decides to attend art school to become a visual artist.