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Disney Channel Announces The Network's First Gay Characters

Good luck charlie

The Disney Channel will be passing a historic milestone early next year with the introduction of the first LGBT characters to ever appear on the channel. TV Guide reports that a 2014 episode of Good Luck Charlie will include a lesbian couple, the network's first out characters in a series:

In the storyline, parents Amy and Bob Duncan (Leigh-Allyn Baker and Eric Allan Kramer) set up a playdate for preschooler Charlie (Mia Talerico) and one of her new friends. When the kid arrives, the Duncans learn that Charlie's pal has two moms. That's fine, 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.

The playdate is actually the secondary story in the episode, as much of the action will center on Teddy (Bridgit Mendler) and her best friend Ivy, as Ivy prepares to head off to college.

But Disney Channel understands the groundbreaking nature of featuring a same-sex couple on one of its sitcoms and took extra care in crafting the episode. "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.

Producers are currently casting the couple, with production set for next week. Because the episode will be a part of Good Luck Charlie's final season, the characters are only expected to appear in this one episode. Regardless, this is a huge step forward for LGBT visibility in children's programming. 

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  1. "This particular storyline was developed under the consultancy of child development experts and community advisors."

    Yikes. That makes me hate it already.

    Posted by: johnny | Jun 21, 2013 6:13:11 PM

  2. Where are the male homosexual couples? Disney Channel - avoiding gay men like the plague.

    Posted by: Jason | Jun 21, 2013 6:15:54 PM

  3. Knowing Disney Channel's fake attitude to gay rights, it will probably make the lesbians have long flowing hair and make-up. They won't look anything like real lesbians.

    Oh, yeah, and where are the gay male relationships on Disney Channel? Disney stinks.

    Posted by: Adam | Jun 21, 2013 6:22:17 PM

  4. Anything about lesbian promotion and absence of gay men in a cultural story on here and Jason pounces. Practically Pavlovian at this point.

    Posted by: Leo | Jun 21, 2013 6:22:43 PM

  5. Lesbian couples are soft porn for straights. They can't handle gay men? They decorate the whole damn place!

    Posted by: Gbe | Jun 21, 2013 6:23:32 PM

  6. Wait, the gay character isn't the spiky hair guy on the left? Huh.

    Posted by: Jeff Warren | Jun 21, 2013 6:26:13 PM

  7. Disney Channel employs gay men but won't show their relationships on air. It's like saying 'I employ black people but I don't want them riding on buses'

    Disney Channel sucks. It appears to be a very homophobic organization in terms of male homosexual visibility. The Uncle Toms who work for Disney Channel ought to be ashamed.

    Posted by: Adam | Jun 21, 2013 6:34:13 PM

  8. What was that earth shaking KA-BOOM I just heard?!

    Oh. It was just the One Million Moms (all 1000 of them) heads exploding!

    Posted by: Caliban | Jun 21, 2013 6:38:40 PM

  9. This is great! Disney Channel has been really lax on pairing their comedies with actual lessons for the kids watching for years now so I'm glad to see this happening. Hopefully this episode receives a good response and encourages Disney and its competitors (namely Nickelodeon) to include some other gay parents and family members on their kids shows.

    Posted by: JMC | Jun 21, 2013 6:40:25 PM

  10. Is this groundbreaking? It's nice, but the couple are basically a side story and they are only going to be on one show. Groundbreaking would be a show, or series, dedicated to same-sex parents, a gay kid, etc. Not being cynical, though, obviously, this is awesome regardless.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Jun 21, 2013 6:43:57 PM

  11. JMC,

    Disney Channel won't be giving visibility to male homosexual couples. Therefore, it's not really progress.

    Posted by: Jason | Jun 21, 2013 6:47:32 PM

  12. Paul Vogt playing Hannah Montana's flamboyant neighbor years back. The fact that he wanted to sodomize Jackson was painfully obvious.

    Posted by: Bollux | Jun 21, 2013 6:51:55 PM

  13. Was thinking it would be D.J. and his roomie. They'd make a cutie couple!

    Posted by: TyInTennn | Jun 21, 2013 7:01:07 PM

  14. @Jason: Can you not? Thanks.

    Posted by: JMC | Jun 21, 2013 7:12:10 PM

  15. Two lipstick WASP lesbians. Pass.

    Posted by: Zeta | Jun 21, 2013 7:26:16 PM

  16. @Adam, well-stated.

    Posted by: Zeta | Jun 21, 2013 7:26:59 PM

  17. @Jason, Disney can't handle that. I like how GBE put it.

    Posted by: Zeta | Jun 21, 2013 7:28:34 PM

  18. Cue the mooing of the One Million B*tches Who Have Nothing Better To Do in 5...4...3...2...

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Jun 21, 2013 8:30:38 PM

  19. Hey, what about us?

    Posted by: Chip 'n' Dale | Jun 21, 2013 9:09:07 PM

  20. These are the first ever LGBT characters to appear on the Disney Channel at all, and this episode won't even be airing until next year.. and yet some of you are talking like the channel has been spotlighting those viewer friendly lesbians everybody loves for years without a single sighting of those lowly gay men. Please.

    It's honestly so embarrassing that some of you are throwing tantrums because two dads weren't featured before two moms instead of being happy kids across America are going to be exposed to the first of what is sure to be numerous well adjusted families with same sex parents across their programming.

    Posted by: JMC | Jun 21, 2013 9:34:29 PM

  21. Well, it may be a baby step featuring lipstick lesbians, but it's a step. However, no one goes into production next week and is "currently casting" the couple. I guess they just came up with that obvious lie so that no one would ask who got cast.

    Posted by: emjayay | Jun 22, 2013 12:00:24 AM

  22. Jason, Adam, Zeta, Gbe are all the same person, who needs to invent multiple aliases to give himself credibility/fake approval. Quite sad.

    Posted by: MateoM | Jun 22, 2013 12:11:47 AM

  23. Wow, this site is full of bitchy queens.
    First of all, lesbians are less represented in the media than gay men, so in my opinion there's no problem if the first representation of gays on a disney show are a lesbian couple.
    Second, this is Disney Channel, a channel for children so expecting a radical change is simply ridiculous. I remember the evolution of gay characters in telenovelas in the las decade, they started like the funny side quick of one of the female characters, sometimes only for laughs, then evolved to secondary characters (in most cases like after school specials, with the hope of educate the audience) and now are fully integrated characters of the show.
    Child channels will face a lot of opposition to introduce gay characters, but in the end, it will happen, step by step.

    Some people always seem to focus on the negative side of things wich is all kinds of sad

    Posted by: jjose712 | Jun 22, 2013 6:23:41 AM

  24. Hey at least one of us is gay---and Disney treated us very well! Of course--as long as we didn't bring up your homosexuality on the show.

    Posted by: Jonas Brothers | Jun 22, 2013 2:28:22 PM

  25. @Adam
    What do real lesbians look like? Lol.

    Posted by: Victoria | Jun 22, 2013 4:44:17 PM

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