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Disney Channel introduces first ever openly gay characters in a series

Posted by David Zimmerman  January 28, 2014 12:54 PM

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Disney Channel’s ‘Good Luck Charlie’ television show has introduced network’s first openly gay characters in a series.

Entitled “Down a Tree,” the episode revolves around a storyline where Amy and Bob Duncan set up a play date for their daughter Charlie and one of her new friends, Taylor. Taylor, it turns out, has two moms.

Upon meeting Taylor’s moms, Bob declares "Taylor has two moms!"
"Wow, nothing gets past you, Bob," replies Amy

In a statement to TV Guide Magazine, which first reported the story line last June, a Disney Channel spokesperson said, "This particular storyline was developed under the consultancy of child development experts and community advisors. 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.”

Actress Desi Lydic, who played mom Susan, tweeted to excited fans after the episode aired, "I'm so proud to be part of that episode! Go Disney! #equality."

Not everyone, however, is pleased with the plotline. One Million Moms, who is best known for attempting to organize a boycott of JC Penney after the retailer hired Ellen Degeneres as a spokesperson, has released the following statement; "Conservative families need to urge Disney to avoid controversial topics that children are far too young to comprehend. This is the last place a parent would expect their children to be confronted with topics that are too difficult for them to understand. Mature issues of this nature are being introduced too early and too soon, and it is extremely unnecessary."

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