Good Luck Charlie Airs Groundbreaking Storyline Featuring Lesbian Couple

On Sunday night, Good Luck Charlie on the Disney Channel aired an episode in which featured a lesbian couple on the show.



In the episode, Charlie (Mia Talerico) has a play date with her friend Taylor.  Before Taylor gets there, Charlie's parents Amy (Leigh-Allyn Baker) and Bob (Eric Allan Kramer) get into a discussion saying that they both have met her mom before but get into an argument over whether her name is Susan or Cheryl.  Turns out, they were both right.  As Bob says after meeting them, "Taylor has two moms!"

While the storyline with Susan and Cheryl is the secondary storyline, it is groundbreaking nonetheless.  I can't think of a time in which the Disney Channel or any of its sister networks have featured gay characters. In a quote given to TV Guide, 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."

Kudos to the Disney Channel for taking this bold new step.  More and more gay and lesbian couples are having children and it is important for children to know that sometimes Taylor has two mommies...or two daddies...and that one should not discriminate against or bully classmates because of it.

It's too bad that Good Luck Charlie will air its last episode on February 16, so future episodes featuring Susan and Cheryl are probably slim.  But, I'm glad that they took the step to include this very important storyline.  I'm hoping we might see more important social issues such as this be explored on the Disney Channel and its sister networks.

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  1. The episode was good and like I said, it's a step in the right direction. Hopefully some other shows will follow in their footsteps.

    I have read some comments about this episode and was shocked at what I saw. People were calling this episode "disturbing", "wrong", and "vulgar". I just don't get that mentality at all. But, good for Disney for putting a lesbian couple on Good Luck Charlie. I'm glad they didn't back down when they first got backlash for it before the episode even aired.

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    1. Sadly, without even looking at the comments, I could probably write out what some of these people were saying. It's sad because they'll probably turn this into a "war against children" thing that they love to do because their spin doctors think it works so well. What's funny is there isn't anything vulgar about the episode at all (not that I thought there would have been). But, it could have had a character name Gaye in there and people who are such haters would cry foul.

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    2. Very true. I just don't see what the big deal is. I mean, do these people live in bubbles where they've never seen gay people? I think they're all crazy.

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