Was this "progressive" in 2002? That's pretty sad. It's a pretty textbook manpain-and-fridging combo, made most obvious by the fact that the majority of the "Hate Crime" story arc focuses on Kyle's
anger and his need to avenge the brutal attack of his gay teenage assistant, rather than the actual victim
of the attack, Terry.
But I guess the only way to get people to care about LGBT characters is the victimize them and then filter it through the perspective of a straight bystander, amirite?