For the first time, Disney Channel will feature a program with homosexual characters in its family lineup. The program, Good Luck Charlie, will soon introduce viewers to a family parented by two lesbians.
A Disney Channel spokesperson told TV Guide Magazine, “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.”
Disney Channel tested the waters last year with its on-air social outreach campaign “Make Your Mark.” In one segment, a teen with two moms was featured, a move that was called a “big step forward” by GLAAD.
The sexual innuendo “gay humor” will not be limited to the gay characters. According to tvline.com, one of the yet-to-be-cast moms will “enjoy the pleasure of (Charlie’s mom’s) company.”
Commenters on that blog are weighing in with excitement: “I’m thrilled that a child being raised by same sex parents will have the opportunity to see something reflective of their lives on TV.”
- Disney: Good Luck Charlie’s Same-Sex Parents to ‘Reflect Themes of Diversity and Inclusiveness’ (tvline.com)
- Disney Channel Announces The Network’s First Gay Characters (towleroad.com)