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Ellen and Early Queer Parents on TV

TV

The groundbreaking coming-out episode of Ellen DeGeneres’ sitcom Ellen, saw its 20th anniversary recently. DeGeneres’ pioneering role as the first out actor and character to head a television series is worth celebrating in itself—but it’s also worth noting that her show gave us one of best representations up to that time of an LGBTQ parent and their child on TV. Let’s look at what she did and at some of the previous portrayals.

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Ellen’s Coming-Out Arc Advanced Representation for Kids with Lesbian Moms, Too

TV

This month marks the 20th anniversary of Ellen DeGeneres coming out in person and as her character on television. Let’s not forget, too, that her show also gave us one of earliest (though not the first) representations of an LGBTQ parent and their child on TV.

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LGBTQ Characters Need More than a “Moment” in Children’s Media

Belle and the Beast from the original animated film.

Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast is a prime example of how not to please anyone when it comes to LGBTQ representation in children’s media. After enormous hoopla over the first gay character in a Disney film—who would have, director Bill Condon said, an “exclusively gay moment”—the moment was too brief and inconclusive for me as a queer person to celebrate. At the same time, the mere announcement of a gay character inflamed many conservatives.

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“The Fosters”: Groundbreaking Role Models for Queer Teens (and Moms, too)

When The Fosters premiered in 2013, I suspected it was going to give us one of the best treatments of a two-mom family we’ve seen on TV. What I didn’t predict was that, parenting aside, it would be groundbreaking in its representation of queer teens as well.

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SNL and the Lesbian Moms of “Cherry Grove”

SNL Cherry Grove

Saturday Night Live spoofed Logo’s new show Fire Island by creating Cherry Grove, a fictional show about a group of “affluent lesbians” raising children.

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