The Disney Channel Just Featured Its First Gay Couple

While Queen Latifah was marrying all manner of couples at the Grammys on Sunday night, the Disney Channel slipped its own milestone under the radar: the first appearance of a lesbian couple on one of its TV shows.

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It happened on the sitcom Good Luck Charlie (which is apparently written for the whole family, not just kids). Charlie has a playdate with a new friend, Taylor, who—it turns out—has two moms. As you can see from the clip above, that's treated as no big thing. The problem is, according to TV Guide's synopsis, "the potential new friendship is put to the test as one mom chats with Amy, and the other is stuck listening to Bob's dull stories."

Disney explained the development of the episode back in June, when it was initially announced:

"This particular storyline was developed under the consultancy of child development experts and community advisors," a Disney Channel spokesperson says. "Like all Disney Channel programming, it was developed to be relevant to kids and families around the world and to reflect themes of diversity and inclusiveness."

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It's strange in this day and age to see lesbian parents treated as a little exotic. Plenty of kids (and probably plenty of kids watching the Disney Channel) are being raised by same-sex couples. Then again, I suppose you could read the little argument over Taylor's mom's name as a lesson in making assumptions.

Plus, you're generally doing something worthwhile when it inspires One Million Moms to shit bricks. But Miley approves!

(h/t Joe. My. God)

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ilovecarolburnett
ilovecarolburnett

Vomiting because I stupidly choose to read the vile hate on the Million Moms link. They go on and on about how it might cause premature discussions of sexual orientations for young children. I explained that shit to my kid when she was about 4. "Some kids have a mom and a dad. Some kids have 2 moms like your friends Jack and Jill. Some kids have 2 dads. Some kids just have a mom or a dad." There was no confusion and sex didn't come into it. When she was 7 or so and she was watching Glee: "Some boys like girls and some girls like boys. Some girls like girls and some boys like boys." What is it with the But it's so hard to explain to the childrens bullshit?