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DeRon Horton Left Saudi Arabia to Follow His Dreams, and Landed a Role on 'Dear White People'


Being one of the only black students in a predominantly white college could be quite uncomfortable. Now imagine being gay as well. Dear White People’s Lionel Higgins, played by DeRon Horton, is one of the show’s lead gay characters trying to come to terms with his sexuality. 

Lionel is definitely different than any character seen on TV. Lionel is a black gay nerd which is rarely represented on television. 

We’ve seen Lionel go from being quiet about his sexuality to taking pride in who he is. Throughout Season 2, we were graced by Lionel being more comfortable with his sexuality.

He connects with Silvio when the two are working on The Independent together and when that doesn’t work out, he starts dating Wesley. Unfortunately, things didn’t go well with them due to having different views on their sex life but maybe on this upcoming season of Dear White People, Lionel will successfully find love.