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Disney Channel Features Same-Sex Couple for First Time

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In a move that GLAAD calls “a big step forward,” the Disney Channel introduced a same-sex couple for the first time on their network this week.

The popular family sitcom, “Good Luck Charlie,” introduced a lesbian couple on the show this past Sunday. In the episode, Charlie’s parents, Bob and Amy, have planned a playdate with Charlie’s friend, Taylor and her parents. Bob and Amy go back and forth briefly over the name of Taylor’s mom, one insisting her name is Cheryl and the other saying it’s Susan. Cut to “ding-dong” and when Amy answers the door, she and Bob realize that Taylor has two moms, and that both names (Cheryl and Susan) are correct. Cue laughter.

And that’s what makes the introduction so great: it’s not a big deal. It’s not a “very special” episode with moody, dramatic music. It’s just introducing two moms, who are welcomed warmly into Bob and Amy’s home. Considering how this could very well be the first time young viewers of the show meet a same-sex couple, makes it even more perfect.

“This particular storyline was developed under the consultancy of child development experts and community advisors,” a Disney Channel spokesperson told TV Guide in a statement in June. “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.”

When former Disney star, Miley Cyrus, heard about the news, she tweeted:

“is this true?!?!?! I commend Disney for making this step into the light of this generation. They control…so much of what kids think! Life isn’t bright sets & wardrobe & kids becoming superstars! This is INSPIRING.”

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