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Labels
Season 2, Episode 12
MilesLABELS
Air date March 26, 2012
Written by Kurt's Boy 86
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Labels is twelveth episode of the second season of Glee: The Next Generation and the thirty-fourth overall. It was released March 26, 2012.

This episode is Miles-centric.

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Glee: The Next Generation Season 2, Episode #12: Labels

So here’s what you missed on Glee: The Next Generation:

Jaxon and James are broken up for now, but Claude had sunk his claws into Jaxon and wants him really bad. James isn’t too happy about this, but he pushed Jaxon away by hanging with bad boy Aldy. At a New Year’s Eve party, everyone got drunk. Lana’s tattoo secret was exposed, Miles kissed Jaxon after trying to kiss Lana. Aldy got drunk and tried to fight James, but Jaxon took the punch instead. It was crazy. Dillon asked Nicole to accept his promise ring as a promise to propose after high school, but she hasn’t gave him an answer yet. Evan tried to get intimate with Lucas, but he can’t stand to be touched after his gay bashing last year. Taylor’s pretty territorial over Aldy, even though they are just friends with benefits. And it seems that with Hallie and Rose’s help, Breezy has finally seemed to grab Miles’ attention.

And that’s what you missed on Glee!

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Ever since I kissed Jaxon, everything changed. Jaxon would barely even look at me. Lana wasn’t speaking to me. The kids in the hall whispered about me, to my face and behind my back. High school really sucks. You kiss a guy one time, and automatically you’re gay or bisexual. Did you know three guys already asked me out? And one slipped me a note and said he’d do things to me I can’t repeat, even in my head because it’s that dirty. Miles sighed.

What is with this high school obsession with labels? My philosophy is labels belong on food and the expensive clothes India bought.

Miles stopped dead in his tracks when he saw his locker. Spray painted on it in big, neon yellow letters was the word QUEER. Miles sighed, shaking his head.

One drunken kiss with my best male friend, and this was my reality. I’ve went from popular kid to loser overnight.

Miles threw open his locker and exchanged his books. He threw his backpack over his shoulder and slumped to the lunch room.

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Miles was quiet as he sat at the table, staring off into space. Breezy looked over, concerned.

“What is it, Miles?” She asked.

“I screwed everything up. This party was supposed to be fun and somehow, I messed it all up. Just like I always do.”

Breezy squeezed Miles’ arm. “We all make mistakes, but you can’t beat yourself up over them.”

“Lana won’t talk to me, Jaxon is acting like a pod person, everyone thinks I’m gay or bisexual and all this talk about labels is really pissing me off. It was one drunken kiss, we’re all human after all. What’s the big deal?”

Breezy sighed. “Welcome to high school, Miles.”

Miles sat there for a moment before getting up and walking his tray over to the garbage can. He flung the food in there and sat it in the dirty dish window with a loud thud. He didn’t look back as he walked out of the cafeteria.

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Mr. Schue smiled as he walked into the choir room.

“Welcome back, guys,” he said, grabbing the dry erase marker.

“Thanks, Mr. Schue,” Nicole said.

Will looked at Miles, who didn’t look very happy.

“Um, Miles?” Will asked. “What’s wrong?”

“I’m sick of all this talk about labels,” Miles answered. “Why does society seem obsessed with putting labels on everyone?”

“Because it’s human nature,” Lana answered. “We all do it, even if we don’t mean to or realize were doing it.”

“Well, it’s wrong,” Miles said. “So I got drunk and kissed Jaxon.”

“What?” Will asked, shocked.

“That doesn’t mean I deserve to be labeled,” Miles continued. “Guys aren’t my cup of tea and one little kiss shouldn’t matter that much.”

“I don’t get it,” Rose said. “I kissed Breezy and it wasn’t that big of deal.”

“It’s because it was two girls and in society that is considered far more acceptable than two guys,” Hallie said. “Two guys is still sort of taboo. Guys think two girls is hot.”

“It’s not right,” Breezy said. “Miles is straight.”

“That’s another thing that bugs me,” Miles said. “I like girls, so what? I don’t wanna be called straight. It’s another label. I just wanna be me and accepted for who I am not what my sexuality is labeled as. I hang with Jaxon, people say ‘why are you hanging with him? You’re straight.’ It annoys me. Being labeled straight comes with its own set of rules, too.”

“You know what makes me mad?” Jaxon asked. “People saying that you can’t be a Christian if you’re gay. I’m a Christian and I personally believe God loves me. I’m sick of these lists of rules you must abide by if you’re a certain sexual orientation.”

“I don’t think I believe in God,” James said to a room full of gasps. “It’s kind of hard to live the crappy life I’ve endured and keep thinking that some omnipresent being is watching you from up there, not answering your pleas for help.”

“Please,” Will said. “Let’s not turn this into a religious debate. Let’s stick to the topic at hand, here. I think I see a good opportunity for a lesson here. I was going to suggest we devote a week to the smooth sounds of easy listening, but this sounds like a more productive assignment.”

“Dodged a bullet there,” Rose whispered to Kevin.

“Someone shot in the school?” Kevin asked, surprised.

Miles reached over and slapped the back of Kevin’s head. Kevin winced.

“That never gets old,” Miles said with a smile.

“We’re gonna devote a week to music that’s been labeled as belonging to a certain sexuality. In 1995, Jill Sobule shook up the airwaves with her song ‘I Kissed A Girl.’ No relation to the Katy Perry song. Since then, it’s become a lesbian anthem. But, there’s a twist. You’re gonna break the labels by singing a song that goes in the opposite direction of your own sexual orientation. Jaxon and James, for example would sing lesbian anthems. Lana and Hallie would sing gay anthems. Straight guys, gay anthems and straight girls, lesbian anthems.”

“What about the bisexual people?” Evan asked.

“You can sing a song that is the opposite of your most current relationship. So you and Lucas would sing a lesbian anthem. Bella as well.”

“That sounds pretty cool, actually,” Jaxon said.

“Now,” Will said. “I think we need to address the issue of your underage drinking.”

The classroom moaned.

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Nicole sat on a stool in the choir room the next day, thinking about Dillon and the promise ring. She looked down at her hands and the ring was still not yet on her fingers.

She smiled slightly as the band began to play.

“That old dog has chained you up, alright,” Nicole sang. “Give you everything you need to live inside a twisted cage. Sleep beside an empty rage. I had a dream I was your hero. Damn, I wish I was your lover. I'd rock you 'til the daylight comes, made sure you are smiling and warm. I am everything, tonight, I'll be your mother, I'll do such things to ease your pain. Free your mind, and you won't feel ashamed. Open up on the inside . Gonna fill you up, gonna make you cry. This monkey can't stand to see you black and blue. I give you something sweet each time you come inside my jungle book. Or is it just too good? Don't say you'll stay, 'cause then you go away.”

Nicole got off the stool and walked over and grabbed Honeys hand. She helped her up and began to dance with her as she sang.

“Damn, I wish I was your lover. I'd rock you 'til the daylight comes, made sure you are smiling and warm. I am everything, tonight, I'll be your mother, I'll do such things to ease your pain. Free your mind, and you won't feel ashamed. Shucks, for me there is no other. You're the only shoe that fits. I can't imagine I'll grow out of it. Damn, I wish I was your lover, oh yeah. If I was your girl, believe me, I'd turn on the Rolling Stones. We could groove along and feel much better. Guess what? Come, let me in, mmm, I could do it forever and ever and ever and ever. Give me an hour to kiss you.”

Nicole kissed Honey on the cheek. Honey blushed.

“Walk through Heaven's door I'm sure. We don't need no doctor to feel much better. Let me in, oh, forever and ever and ever and ever and ever. I sat on a mountainside with peace of mind. And I lay by the ocean making love to her with visions clear. Walked for days with no one near and I return, as chained and bound to you. Damn, I wish I was your lover. I'd rock you 'til the daylight comes, made sure you are smiling and warm. I am everything, tonight, I'll be your mother, I'll do such things to ease your pain. Free your mind, and you won't feel ashamed. Shucks, for me there is no other. You're the only shoe that fits. I can't imagine I'll grow out of it. Damn, I wish I was your lover. I wanna open up, I'm gonna come inside. I wanna fill you up, I wanna make you cry. Damn, I wish I was your lover. Gettin' on a subway, and I'm comin' uptown. Damn, I wish I was your lover. Standing on the street corner, waiting for my love to change. Damn, I wish I was your lover and I'm feelin' like a school boy, too shy and too young, oh.”

Honey laughed as she hugged Nicole. Will stood up and clapped.

“Great job, Nicole,” Will said. “It’s great to see you coming out of your shell.”

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Chad pretended to kiss Natasha as the hallway looked on. Lana rolled her eyes. She waited until Natasha had left and grabbed Chad, pulling him aside.

“This has gone on long enough,” Lana said. “Admit the truth already.”

“And be branded a queer?” Chad whispered.

“Labels can only hurt you if you let them. It’s time you stop leading Natasha on.”

“You have no idea, Lana,” Chad said.

“This whole charade is childish and immature,” Lana said. “You’re above that. Is this really worth it? All to remain in the closet and keep one friend who, by the way, is a major jerk?”

Chad shook his head. “You have no idea where I’m coming from. You’re so proud of who you are.”

“It’s not that hard if you try,” Lana replied.

“I can’t,” Chad said as he turned around and walked off.

Lana stood there, watching Chad walk away.

“I can’t be your good soldier,” Lana sang. “I can’t be your good son. I can’t be your good lover, your number one.”

Lana walked down the hallway, singing as she made her way to the choir room.

“Dead, dead, corpse twenty-two thirteen. I once had name, I once had a family. Forever young, forever your Lana. But you played the judge, you played the jury. Tried, convicted, sentenced me to death all because you didn’t understand. I didn’t make sense. I can’t be your good soldier. I can’t be your good son. Can’t be your good lover, your number one. I stand, I stand, I stand. I stand, I stand, I stand. Can’t be a good soldier.”

Lana stepped into the choir room. Everyone turned to face her, giving their undivided attention.

“Yeah, alone with a secret and a loaded gun, I awoke. Missed the joy and confusion, opened my eyes to a new world in motion. So, I am that weapon. you are my ammunition. Calling me a sinner, yeah, you love me but hate my sin. I don’t need your compassion. Hate the sinner, cuz I love this sin. I got to find some way to live my life. I got to find someone who understands. Can’t be, good solider. I can’t be, good son. Can’t be, good lover, your number one, your number one. The hunter gets captured by the game. You walked in, you saw me with whatever- his-name. Replayed the scene over and over. Pause, fast forward, and rewind, reliving the pain. Eight years, December twenty second the day. You always be my boy, always be my lover. I’ve got you in my veins. I stand, I stand, I stand. I stand, I stand, I stand. I just got to be real, man. I stand, I stand, I stand. I stand, I stand, I stand. Just got be who I am, man. I stand, I stand, I stand. I stand, I stand, I stand. Just to be me, man, just got to be me. I can’t be your good soldier. I can’t be your good son. Can’t be your good lover, your number one, your number one.”

Will looked surprised as Lana stopped singing.

“Wow,” he said. “I didn’t expect such an obscure song. That song is powerful and moving but not well known. I applaud your courage in choosing to sing it, Lana.”

“I saw the video a lot on Logo years ago,” Lana said. “Deadlee is such an inspiration for me. Despite being telling him it was a death sentence to be an out gay rapper, he still was true to himself. He didn’t care about labels.”

Miles looked at the ground, moved by what Lana said, but still disagreeing inside.

“Good message, Lana,” Will said.

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Jaxon stopped suddenly as he walked through the courtyard. Claude was propped against one of the stair rails. Claude smiled upon seeing Jaxon.

“Are you stalking me now?” Jaxon asked.

Claude smiled even bigger. “Is that what you call it?”

“Let’s see…someone who doesn’t even go to my school hanging out in the McKinley courtyard? Yeah, pretty much.”

Jaxon laughed, blushing slightly.

“I was thinking about what you said,” Claude said. “About a date. So, I was wondering, if maybe, you’d like to go on one sometime?”

Jaxon nodded. “I think I could most definitely agree to that.”

Claude smiled as he held his hand out to Jaxon. “Shake on it?”

Jaxon smiled. “I can do better than that.”

Jaxon hugged Claude tightly. James watched them from the top of the steps, obviously upset. He turned around and started to walk away, his head held down.

“All the things she said, all the things she said,” James sang. “Running through my head, running through my head, running through my head. All the things she said, all the things she said running through my head, running through my head. All the things she said. This is not enough. I'm in serious crap, I feel totally lost. If I'm asking for help it's only because being with you has opened my eyes. Could I ever believe such a perfect surprise? I keep asking myself, wondering how. I keep closing my eyes but I can't block you out. Wanna fly to a place where it's just you and me. Nobody else so we can be free. Nobody else so we can be free.”

James opened his eyes and he stood in the middle of the choir room. He tried to push the horrible feelings of the afternoon before out of his head.

“All the things she said, all the things she said,” James sang. “Running through my head, running through my head, running through my head. All the things she said, all the things she said running through my head, running through my head. All the things she said, all the things she said. This is not enough. Ya soshla s uma ma! This is not enough. All the things she said, all the things she said. And I'm all mixed up, feeling cornered and rushed. They say it's my fault but I want her so much. Wanna fly her away where the sun and rain come in over my face, wash away all the shame. When they stop and stare, don't worry me cause I'm feeling for her what she's feeling for me. I can try to pretend, I can try to forget. But it's driving me mad, going out of my head. All the things she said, all the things she said. Running through my head, running through my head, running through my head. All the things she said, all the things she said running through my head, running through my head. All the things she said, all the things she said. This is not enough. This is not enough. All the things she said, all the things she said. All the things she said, all the things she said. All the things she said, all the things she said. All the things she said, all the things she said, she said. All the things she said, all the things she said. Mother looking at me, tell me what do you see? Yes, I've lost my mind. Daddy looking at me, will I ever be free? Have I crossed the line?”

Jaxon watched James, a slight smile crossing his face as James sang. Lana looked over at Jaxon and smiled.

“All the things she said, all the things she said. Running through my head, running through my head, running through my head. All the things she said, all the things she said running through my head, running through my head. All the things she said, all the things she said. This is not enough. Ya soshla s uma ma! This is not enough. All the things she said, all the things she said.”


James faked a smile as the choir room applauded and he walked back to his seat.

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Miles walked briskly through the hallway, not looking up. When he finally did, it was because a familiar voice caught his attention.

“Where’s the fire?” Lana asked.

“I just don’t wanna be seen by Louis,” Miles said. “He was on my case all during basketball practice.”

“You have got to stop letting the talk get to you,” Lana said. “It’s just that, Miles. Talk, gossip. You know how high school kids are. Hell, we are high school kids.”

“Well, well, well,” Louis said, Chad standing at his side. Lana rolled her eyes. Miles stopped, frozen in fear at the purple slushie in Louis’s right hand.

“Don’t do it,” Miles said.

“Consider this a coming out present,” Louis said.

Miles’ hand shot out and cupped Louis’ wrist, keeping him from throwing the slushie.

“Yo check it out, I've got a plan,” Miles sang. “Here's my intention. The frat boys in the club are lame. Let's start an altercation. It's just what I'm used to. Just want to shake things up. I got my whole damn crew. Come on, what you gonna do?”

Louis rolled his eyes. Lana smiled.

“I kissed a boy and they liked it. Got all the honeys in the club excited. I kissed a boy just to start it and homeboy was not about it. I know it's wrong, but I don't mind. I'm gonna start stuff tonight. I kissed a boy just to start it. Bitches loved it.”

Miles started to circle around Louis as he sang.

“Nah, you don't even know my name. It doesn't matter. Don't even front, you got no game. You're just a sucker. So what now, I clowned you and I'm stealing your girl too. She wants a secure dude and that's just not you. I kissed a boy and they liked it. Got all the honeys in the club excited. I kissed a boy just to start it and homeboy was not about it. I know it's wrong, but I don't mind. I'm gonna start stuff tonight. I kissed a boy just to start it. Bitches loved it. Me and my bros that’s how we roll. You'll never know how far we'll go. I'll grab some chump that I don't know and plant one right on him. You're only here for our amusement. I kissed a boy and they liked it. Got all the honeys in the club excited. I kissed a boy just to start it and homeboy was not about it. I know it's wrong, but I don't mind. I'm gonna start stuff tonight. I kissed a boy just to start it. Bitches loved it.”

Louis threw the slushie right into Miles’ face and laughed.

“Should have stayed in the closet, Ricky Martin,” Louis said.

Miles took off, headed straight for the bathroom. Lana wondered if she should go after Miles, but after she realized that the boy’s bathroom was not a good place for her to be, she decided against it. She saw Chad separate from Louis and decided to go have a little talk with him.

“You know, I thought you changed, Chad. I guess I was wrong. How could you stand there and let Louis do that to Miles?”

“Lana, you know--”

“Don’t give me any crap, Chad. I’m sick of you being such a hypocrite. When you let Louis do that to Miles, you severed all ties we had. I’m not your friend anymore. I knew you better than anyone and I was able to look past all the bad you did. But when you tell us you’re changing and you do nothing to prove it, then you show you don’t mean what you said.”

Chad hung his head down in shame. “Lana--”

“Don’t,” Lana said, holding her hand up. “You’ve done enough.”

Lana turned her back to Chad and walked off. She saw Hallie up ahead and with a smile, she quickened her pace to meet her. The closer she got to Hallie, it became clear that Hallie wasn’t too happy.

“What’s wrong?” Lana asked.

“Oh, you know very well what’s wrong. Or should I show you the text I got from Wyatt?”

“Why would my brother be texting you?” Lana asked.

“Let’s see what it says, shall we? ‘Ask Lana about the 4th of July last year. Drunken Lana plus amateur tattoo artists equals a top secret tramp stamp.’ You have a tattoo? Why didn’t you tell me? I’m your girlfriend and don’t you think that the first time we were intimate I would notice a giant tribal on your lower back?”

Lana grimaced. “It’s not my lower back.”

Hallie raised an eyebrow. “Then where is it?”

Lana blushed as she lowered the waistband of her jeans to reveal her tattoo.

“Oh my gosh,” Hallie said. “Your pelvis? Lana!”

“I know, I know,” Lana said. “I was so drunk. That’s why I don’t like to drink and I tried to talk you out of going to that stupid New Year’s Eve party.”

“It’s okay, Lana. I really can’t say anything. Last year I tried to hide two kids. Do you know how hard that is? It doesn’t matter that I was raped, I was labeled a slut because I got pregnant at my age.”

“Lana has a tattoo,” a boy whispered.

“Oh my god, she’s such a badass,” his girlfriend replied.

“And looks like you’ve been labeled a badass,” Hallie said with a smile.

“The kids around here already think I’m a rebel who started a revolt at her old school. Now I’m even more of a rebel badass. Great.”

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Dillon sighed as he sat down on the sofa in the Warbler’s common room. Claude looked over at Dillon and put his hand on his shoulder.

“Maybe Nicole will give you an answer soon. I mean, girls take their time.”

Dillon nodded. “It’s just not like Nicole to leave me hanging like this.”

“You did ask her something big,” Chuck said. “Give it time.”

“So how did the Jaxon thing go?” Dillon asked Claude.

Claude smiled. “I got a date with him. And guys, I think for the first time ever, I’m in love.”

Chuck gasped. “Claude Charlemagne Montague is in love? Say it isn’t so! Has the player found his one true game?”

Dillon laughed. “Chuck, come on.”

Chuck laughed. “I couldn’t resist. Ol’ Claudey knows I’m kidding.”

“Maybe,” Claude said with a smile. “Anyway, our date is set for Saturday night.”

“I’d ditch the Warbler uniform,” Dillon said.

“But it’s charming,” Chuck said.

Claude blushed. “I really don’t wanna screw this up.

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Breezy sat next to Honey and didn’t look at her at first.

“I really like him and don’t wanna mess this up,” Breezy said. “It took me forever just to get him to notice me.”

Honey smiled. “Just be yourself. Miles is quite a character, Breezy. But, deep down, he’s a great guy. I used to have a crush on him before I met Declan.”

Breezy laughed. “You? I thought jocks weren’t your type.”

“Miles wasn’t like other jocks. He’s grown up with a scar on his face, so he’s learned not to be quite so superficial. His best friends are gay and lesbian, so he’s not prejudiced. And that’s really important to me. My adoptive dads are gay, my foster brother is too. I want them to have all the same rights as us.”

“I agree,” Breezy said. “After Evan hurt me, I thought I’d never love again. But Miles, he makes me feel capable of opening up my heart again. I don’t wanna push him away like I did Evan. I know I can be a diva.”

“That’s the thing about Miles,” Honey said. “He’s just a much of a diva as you are. You two are perfect for each other.”

Breezy smiled. “Thanks, Honey.”

Honey looked up as she heard footsteps in the empty choir room. Kevin had walked in.

“Sorry,” he said. “Am I interrupting anything?”

“No,” Breezy said. “We were done here. Just a little girl talk.”

“Cool. I was going to practice. I really want to win this solo at Regionals. Miles and Evan really have a jump on me and I can’t let myself loose.”

“Good luck,” Honey said as she walked into the hall to join Declan. “Rooting for you.”

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The next day in the choir room, Miles was quiet. Lana looked over at him and then at Will. She raised her hand.

“Mr. Schue, I have been working on a number with some of the other Glee Club members and our dear friend Dillon. I was thinking now would perhaps be a great time to perform it.”

Will nodded. “Sure. But where is Dillon?”

“Here,” Dillon said, walking in the door. “Got here as soon as I could.”

“Aldy refused to be a part of it,” Lana said begrudgingly.

“I am not singing damn ‘It’s Raining Men!’ I’m not digging that,” Aldy replied.

James crossed his arms and glared at Aldy.

“Wow, what a great choice for the lesson plan,” Will said. “I can’t wait.”

Lana got up and walked to the front of the choir room, followed by Kevin, Miles, Dillon, and Hallie.

“Humidity is rising, barometer's getting low,” Lana sang. “According to our sources, the street's the place to go.”

“Cause' tonight, for the first time ,” Kevin sang. “Just about half past ten, for the first time in history it's gonna start raining men .”

“It's raining men,” they all sang. “Hallejulah, it's raining men. Amen. It's raining men. Hallejulah, it's raining men. Amen.”

“Humidity is rising , barometer's getting low,” Hallie sang. “According to our sources, the street's the place to go.”

“Cause' tonight, for the first time ,” Miles and Dillon sang. “Just about half past ten, for the first time in history it's gonna start raining men.”

“It's raining men,” they all sang. “Hallejulah, it's raining men. Amen. It's raining men. Hallejulah, it's raining men. Amen.”

“I'm gonna go out,” Lana and Hallie sang. “I'm gonna let myself get absolutley soaking wet.”

“It's raining men,” they all sang. “Hallejulah, it's raining men. Every special man. Tall blonde dark and lean. Rough and tough and strong and mean.”

“God bless Mother Nature,” Miles, Kevin, and Dillon sang. “She's a single woman too. She took over heaven and she did what she had to do.”

“She fought every Angel,” Lana sang. “To rearrange the sky.”

“So that each and every woman,” Dillon sang. “Could find the perfect guy.”

“It's raining men,” they all sang.

“Don't get yourselves wetter, girls,” Lana sang. “I know you want to.”

“I feel stormy weather moving in,” Miles sang. “About to begin, hear the thunder.”

“Don't you lose your head,” Hallie sang. “Rip off the roof and stay in bed.”

“Rip off the roof and stay,” Kevin sang.

“It's raining men,” they all sang. “Hallejulah, it's raining men. Amen. It's raining men. Hallejulah, it's raining men. Amen. It's raining men. Hallejulah, it's raining men. Amen. It's raining men. Hallejulah, it's raining men. Amen. It's raining men, it's raining men, it's raining men.”

Will laughed. “That was amazing guys.”

Jaxon raised his hand. “We prepared a number, too.”

“That’s great, Jaxon. Who’s we?”

“Me, James, Nicole, Honey, Taylor, and Rose,” Jaxon answered.

“Okay, guys. Show us what you’ve been working on.”

Jaxon led the group to the front of the choir room as the familiar music began to play.

“This was never the way I planned, not my intention,” Jaxon sang. “I got so brave, drink in hand, lost my discretion.”

“It's not what I'm used to, just wanna try you on,” Honey sang. “I'm curious for you, caught my attention.”

“I kissed a girl and I liked it,” they all sang. “The taste of her cherry chapstick. I kissed a girl just to try it. I hope my boyfriend don't mind it. It felt so wrong, it felt so right. Don't mean I'm in love tonight. I kissed a girl and I liked it, I liked it.”

“No, I don't even know your name, it doesn't matter,” James sang. “You're my experimental game, just human nature.”

“It's not what good girls do, not how they should behave,” Taylor sang. “My head gets so confused, hard to obey.”

“I kissed a girl and I liked it,” they all sang. “The taste of her cherry chapstick. I kissed a girl just to try it. I hope my boyfriend don't mind it. It felt so wrong, it felt so right. Don't mean I'm in love tonight. I kissed a girl and I liked it, I liked it.”

Us girls we are so magical,” Nicole and Rose sang. “Soft skin, red lips, so kissable. Hard to resist, so touchable.”

“Too good to deny it,” Rose sang.

“Ain't no big deal, it's innocent,” Nicole sang.

“I kissed a girl and I liked it,” they all sang. “The taste of her cherry chapstick. I kissed a girl just to try it. I hope my boyfriend don't mind it. It felt so wrong, it felt so right. Don't mean I'm in love tonight. I kissed a girl and I liked it, I liked it.”

Before Jaxon knew what happened, he opened his eyes to realize that he was kissing James. The choir room looked on in shock, not saying a word. Jaxon just stood there.

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The next day at lunch, it was unusually quiet. Bella sighed as she looked over at her friends.

“Lunch has never been so boring,” Bella said.

“We should do something to shake things up,” Taylor said.

“Yes, Rose agreed.

“I smell a spontaneous musical number,” Hallie said with a smile.

“Follow me, girls,” Taylor said as she stood up.

“Young man, there's no need to feel down,” Taylor sang. “I said, young man, pick yourself off the ground. I said, young man, 'cause you're in a new town. There's no need to be unhappy.”

Taylor jumped up on a lunch table and began to dance on it.

“Young man, there's a place you can go,” Rose sang. “I said, young man, when you're short on your dough. You can stay there, and I'm sure you will find many ways to have a good time.”

“It's fun to stay at the Y.M.C.A.,” the girls sang. “It's fun to stay at the Y.M.C.A. They have everything for you men to enjoy, You can hang out with all the boys. It's fun to stay at the Y.M.C.A. It's fun to stay at the Y.M.C.A. You can get yourself clean, you can have a good meal. You can do whatever you feel.”

Everyone stopped to look at the girls as they randomly dance on tables and down the aisles.

“Young man, are you listening to me?” Bella sang. “I said, young man, what do you want to be? I said, young man, you can make real your dreams. But you got to know this one thing.”

“No man does it all by himself,” Breezy sang. “I said, young man, put your pride on the shelf, and just go there, to the Y.M.C.A. I'm sure they can help you today.”

“It's fun to stay at the Y.M.C.A.,” the girls sang. “It's fun to stay at the Y.M.C.A. They have everything for you men to enjoy, You can hang out with all the boys. It's fun to stay at the Y.M.C.A. It's fun to stay at the Y.M.C.A. You can get yourself clean, you can have a good meal. You can do whatever you feel.”

“Young man, I was once in your shoes,” Honey sang. “I said, I was down and out with the blues. I felt no man cared if I were alive. I felt the whole world was so jive.”

Jaxon shook his head and laughed as Lana walked up to him and tried to get him to join her in doing the dance.

“That's when someone came up to me,” Hallie sang. “And said, young man, take a walk up the street. There's a place there called the Y.M.C.A. They can start you back on your way.”

“It's fun to stay at the Y.M.C.A.,” the girls all sang. “It's fun to stay at the Y.M.C.A. They have everything for you men to enjoy. You can hang out with all the boys. Y.M.C.A., you'll find it at the Y.M.C.A. Young man, young man, there's no need to feel down. Young man, young man, get yourself off the ground. Y.M.C.A., you'll find it at the Y.M.C.A. Young man, young man, there's no need to feel down.Young man, young man, get yourself off the ground. Y.M.C.A., just go to the Y.M.C.A. Young man, young man, are you listening to me? Young man, young man, what do you wanna be?”

Aldy smiled at Taylor as Jaxon looked over at Figgins, who was still dancing.

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Will walked into the choir room and stood at the front of the classroom.

“So, what have you guys learned from this lesson this week?” Will asked.

Miles raised his hand. “I learned something, Mr. Schue. And seeing how it was me who started this whole lesson, I think it’s only fitting I wrap it up.”

Will nodded. “Come on up, Miles.”

Miles stood up and walked to the front of the classroom.

“I learned that while labels may not be politically correct or even right at all, no matter what, we’re gonna be labeled,” Miles said. “It’s part of life. It’s how we handle those labels that define us. We can either defy it or embrace it. The choice is ours. Labels only matter if you let them. If people wanna label you, let them. Because in the end, those who matter won’t judge you and those who judge you don’t matter.”

The choir room burst into applause as Miles smiled for the first time all week. Chad stood in the doorway, listening. He slowly turned around and walked off, his head hung down.

“Great message, Miles,” Will said.

Miles walked over and held his arms out to Jaxon. Jaxon smiled as he hugged Miles.

“Best friends, right?” Miles asked.

“Best friends,” Jaxon said.

“I’m sorry for everything I caused,” Miles said. “Especially to you and Lana.”

Lana smiled as he held her arms out for a hug. “Come here, you big lug!”

Miles laughed as he ran over and hugged Lana, picking her up and spinning her around.

“And, I had a great song for us all to sing,” Miles added. “We all have labels, so let’s be proud of them. I was inspired by an old lesson of Mr. Schue’s so I had us shirts made that tell our real labels, not sexualities. I say we wear them with pride and ‘come out’ to the world as our label.”

Will smiled. “Great idea, Miles.”

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Will sat in the auditorium, looking on proudly as New Directions stood onstage. The each wore T-Shirts identical to the old “Born This Way” shirts, but instead of their flaws printed on the front, they had their labels.

Jaxon’s said Glam Rocker. James’ said Lost Boy. Lana’s said Rebel. Hallie’s said Teen Mom. Evan’s said Angry Guy. Lucas’ said Victim. Nicole’s said Nerd. Honey’s said The Other Berry. Rose’s said Ginger Girl. Kevin’s said Dumb Jock. Miles’s said Player. Breezy’s said Diva. Aldy’s said Bad Boy. Taylor’s said Bad Girl. Bella’s said Rebound Queen.

The lights came on and the music began.

“I'm coming out,” New Directions sang. “I'm coming, I'm coming out. I'm coming out. I'm coming out. I'm coming out. I want the world to know, got to let it show. I'm coming out. I want the world to know, I got to let it show.”

“There's a new me coming out,” Miles sang. “And I just had to live and I wanna give. I'm completely positive, I think this time around. I am gonna do it like you never knew it. Ooh, I'll make it through.”

“The time has come for me,” James sang. “To break out of this shell. I have to shout that I am coming out.”

“I'm coming out,” New Directions sang. “I want the world to know, I got to let it show. I'm coming out. I want the world to know. I got to let it show. I’m coming, I’m coming out. I want the world to know. I got to let it show. I’m coming out. I want the world to know. I got to let it show.”

“I've got to show the world,” Honey sang. “All that I wanna be and all my abilities. There's so much more to me. Somehow, I have to make them just understand. I got it well in hand.”

“And, oh, how I've planned,” Evan sang. “I'm spreading love. There is no need to fear and I just feel so good every time I hear.”

“I'm coming out,” New Directions sang. “I want the world to know, I got to let it show. I'm coming out. I want the world to know. I got to let it show. I’m coming, I’m coming out. I want the world to know. I got to let it show. I’m coming out. I want the world to know. I got to let it show. I'm coming out, I want the world to know. Got to let it show.”

Will applauded as the song came to an end.

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Evan saw Louis and made a beeline for him.

“Hey, Stephenson, think you’re bad because you slushied my boy, Miles?” Evan said, getting up in Louis face.

“I’m not afraid of you,” Louis said.

“You should be,” Evan said.

Evan pushed Louis and tackled him full speed. He knocked him to the ground and pulled his fist back to hit Louis. Evan felt someone pull him off and turned around to see it was Chad.

“What are you waiting for?” Louis asked Chad. “Deck him!”

“No,” Chad said. “I’m not doing your dirty work anymore.”

“You are seriously gonna stand up for this queer?” Louis asked.

“Yeah, I am,” Chad said. “He’s my friend.”

“Since when?” Louis asked.

“Since I decided I was gonna change,” Chad said.

“Man, you used to be cool till you started hanging with this loser queer.”

“Look,” Chad said. “You make fun of him, you make fun of me.”

“Oh yeah?” Louis asked. “Why is that?”

“I’m gay,” Chad said.



THE END

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