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Gays & Lesbians in Entertainment
Originally posted 01/30/2014 06:00AM
Disney Channel's first-ever lesbian couple made their debut on the show Good Luck Charlie on Sunday night.
The family sitcom centers around the Duncan family adjusting to the arrival of a fourth sibling, a girl named Charlie. In Monday's episode, Charlie's parents, Amy and Bob Duncan, set up a playdate with their daughter's new friend from preschool. It is revealed that the playmate, Taylor, has two moms when both parents come to drop their daughter off.
The storyline was first announced last year, and a Disney Channel spokesperson told TV Guide the choice was part of Disney's continuing effort to "to be relevant to kids and families around the world and to reflect themes of diversity and inclusiveness." Former Disney star Miley Cyrus was eager to support the decision on Twitter.
Originally posted 01/28/2011 05:30PM
She was the endearing and plucky cousin Geri on the 1980s coming-of-age sitcom The Facts of Life, showing people with disabilities in an empowering light.
But actress and comedian Geri Jewell, who has cerebral palsy, reveals in a new memoir how much she struggled growing up with a disability and how she wrestled with her sexuality, and reveals she is a lesbian.
In I'm Walking As Straight As I Can: Transcending Disability in Hollywood and Beyond, Jewell writes about the winding path she took from her birth in Buffalo, N.Y., to her career as a stand-up comic to her role as the first person with a disability to have a recurring role on TV.
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