The Disney Channel is about to air its first-ever show to feature a lesbian couple.
The show "Good Luck Charlie" features a preschool protagonist — a little girl named Charlie. In one episode set for 2014, she is set up on a playdate with a kid who has two mothers. While the playdate is not the focus of the episode, the same-sex couple is still unchartered territory for Disney.
“This particular storyline was developed under the consultancy of child development experts and community advisors,” said a Disney Channel representative to TV Guide. “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.”
According to ThinkProgress, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation reports that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender characters make up 4.4 percent of all “regular scripted characters” on the five broadcast networks, while there are more than 9 million adults in the United States who identify as LGBT.
GLAAD calls the episode “a historic move in the right direction.”