Disney to Feature First-Ever Gay Television Characters
Disney is taking its support for the LGBT community beyond its theme parks and onto the small screen.
The company’s television channel will feature its first ever gay couple in early 2014 in an episode of the series “Good Luck Charlie,” according to TV Guide.
The one-time subplot will center around series parents Amy and Bob Duncan setting up a playdate for their preschooler Charlie and one of her new friends. When the kid arrives to her friend’s house, the Duncans learn that Charlie’s friend has two moms.
That doesn’t pose any problems, but 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.
A Disney spokesperson told TV Guide that “this particular storyline was developed under the consultancy of child development experts and community advisors.”
“Like all Disney Channel programming,” the spokesman added, “it was developed to be relevant to kids and families around the world and to reflect themes of diversity and inclusiveness.”
The Disney Channel was launched in 1983.