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Disney Channel debuts its first openly gay characters: ‘Taylor has two moms’

Monday, January 27, 2014

Disney Channel’s “Good Luck Charlie” broke new ground on Sunday with the inclusion of a lesbian couple, the cable network’s first openly gay characters in a series.

In the episode “Down a Tree,” Amy and Bob Duncan set up a play date for their daughter Charlie and one of her new friends, Taylor — who just happens to have two moms.

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In a statement to TV Guide Magazine, which first reported the story line last June, a Disney Channel spokesperson said, “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.”

This is the final season for “Good Luck Charlie.”

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  1. Well. THERE goes the neighborhood! (Good job Disney!)

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 9:53pm
  2. Brenda Aguilera- Gamboa

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 9:54pm
  3. viu Laís Paiva?

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 9:55pm
  4. FINALLY!!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 9:55pm
  5. when the episode on

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 9:55pm
  6. So proud of Disney for this!!!!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 9:55pm
  7. Funny years ago I was in Teen Challenge and we were ordered to ban Disney because of its support of gays.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 9:55pm
  8. Im actually considering watching Disney now even tho im a teenager lol

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 9:55pm
  9. Haha, I still watch it! ;)

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:01pm
  10. I'm 22 and I still watch it.

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:03pm
  11. I'm 30 and I watch it. Even when my son isn't watching it. LOL

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:46pm
  12. this makes me ridiculously happy tbh c:

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 9:56pm
  13. finally

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 9:56pm
  14. Way to be a leader Disney

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 9:56pm
  15. Yes! I saw this episode!!! Loved it!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 9:56pm
  16. 37, no kids, and i loooooooooove this show! my guilty pleasure!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 9:56pm
  17. 26, no kids, i watch it as well...i watched disney channel as a kid and havent stopped lol

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:00pm
  18. I still got a few years on ya, kid! ;)

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:10pm
  19. Hell yeah, ill be recording that

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 9:56pm
  20. WOW THAT IS ACTUALLY PRETTY AMAZING!! I wonder how many parents are going to block that channel now

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 9:56pm
  21. Well haters gonna hate :)

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:26pm
  22. You should see on Good Luck Charlie's facebook page how many people are saying they will not let their kids watch the show anymore and we are disgusting and blah fucking blah. I am glad to see though on there, the good people like us are out numbering the fucking bigots

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:28pm
  23. you should see the page One Million Moms...those crazy bitches make Phil Robertson look liberal!

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:34pm
  24. Let me guess they are all using God and Religion to back up their fucked up hate? I bet they are comparing gay people to pedophiles to and having sex with animals and making kids do drugs. We should give them all a one way ticket to Nigeria where gay people are being executed for being gay, and some of those people aren't even gay they are just accused of being gay. Like the Salem Witch Trials

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:39pm
  25. One Million Moms has a new campaign! Fucking morons

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:39pm
  26. What the fuck is One Million Moms anyways they don't even have half a million likes hahaha

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:40pm
  27. We should all report this psycho page to facebook.

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:51pm
  28. Good :)

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 9:56pm
  29. Oh, Lord. Here come The Million Moms, AKA approximately a million women with too much time on their hands, that they’d have to criticize other people’s lives.

    :-)

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 9:57pm
  30. Not even near a million, more like a few thousand, if that....

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:19pm
  31. Now if we just had an openly gay Disney Prince or Pincess we’d be good to go. One step at a time though, I guess.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 9:57pm
  32. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/15/mulan-bisexual-once-upon-a-time_n_4101888.html

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:19pm
  33. Or a transgender princess :)!!!!!!!

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:26pm
  34. First I think we need a non-skinny princess. Then we can go gay or transgender.

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:35pm
  35. I think the princesses in Frozen is kinda implied to be lesbians though. But still vague.

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:39pm
  36. In Frozen the shopkeeper has a family with another man.

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:48pm
  37. How we should treat one another.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 9:57pm
  38. and cool, they are skinny blondes…. wouldnt it be cool if they werent stereotypical while trying to break the mold…. seems a smidge hypocritical to me!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 9:57pm
  39. What should they look like?

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:04pm
  40. like average women... curvy, brunette, red head, short, tall, trans, whatever.... but skinny and blonde is so that the average straight male accepts it cause its hot in their mind....

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:17pm
  41. Let's consider how many people on TV - Disney or otherwise - look like average people. Let the gay people be pretty too.

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:23pm
  42. The other characters across tvland need to too...

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:25pm
  43. Just be happy they showed a gay couple. Instead of finding something to be negative on. It's awesome.

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:49pm
  44. Bravo ..!!!! Disney .. Love it

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 9:57pm
  45. Wish I could hit LIKE a million times for this one !!!!!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 9:57pm
  46. LOVE IT DISNEY!!!!!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 9:58pm
  47. Woo!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 9:58pm
  48. wow :D

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 9:58pm
  49. Lindsay Leightner

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 9:58pm
  50. saw this wit my girls the other night and the lil said mommy thts like you lol love it

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 9:59pm
  51. Sad this shows on its final season. Its the last of Disneys good live action shows. But their cartoons are still good xD

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 9:59pm
  52. YEESS…LETS GOO…. WE CALL THAT PROGRESS

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 9:59pm
  53. republicans have to be burning up juajajajajajja

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 9:59pm
  54. Yeh Thas u teach kids how to love and not to hate

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 9:59pm
  55. I wanna be on this show

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 9:59pm
  56. Awesome!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 9:59pm
  57. I LIKE THIS

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:00pm
  58. Thank you Disney. :)

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:00pm
  59. AweSome

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:00pm
  60. That’s fabulous!!!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:01pm
  61. Told you Ashlee Major

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:01pm
  62. Perfect. :D

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:02pm
  63. I loved this episode! It was SO hilarious xD

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:02pm
  64. The Fosters on ABC is already in their 2nd season. Interracial couple and they’ve adopted some kids. Hate Disney and their stereotypes. They’re just jumping on the bandwagon.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:03pm
  65. this show is targeted to a very different audience than the fosters. Not as serious, light hearted "oh duh she has two moms" and moves on, as if it isnt even an issue at all. They dont focus on the controversy but rather continue on as if it was a heterosexual couple. Most little kids dont watch drama filled shows on ABC, but they do often watch Disney.

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:20pm
  66. Also, I dont see anything wrong with "jumping on the bandwagon" for equality...

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:21pm
  67. Thank you, Melissa! :)

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:25pm
  68. Pssssst ABC is Disney, OP.

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:28pm
  69. About dang time.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:03pm
  70. AWESOME!!!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:03pm
  71. I just watched the clip where they are introduced and I must say Disney really pulled it off. I keep hearing kids who watch this show are too young to understand. Well if they see it so normal at a young age maybe they wont grow up to be a bigot ever think of that? Awesome job Disney!!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:03pm
  72. very Beautiful<3

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:03pm
  73. Freaking awesome about time children should be taught about all types of families

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:04pm
  74. Yet to come: First openly 2 dads in Disney, first openly lesbian princesses and transgender princesses in Disney :P

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:04pm
  75. I feel as if a transgender prince/ss would easily make a side plot.

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:13pm
  76. imagine the fandom tho.

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:18pm
  77. Mulan in Disney's Once Upon a Time was proven to be bisexual (they have her in love with Aurora, which I thought was adorable!). It's a start!

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:24pm
  78. Yea but wish they could make the princess be more open about it. And most of al let them have a relationship with another girl xD

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:25pm
  79. oh come on....Ursula from The Little Mermaid was a huge dyke!

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:28pm
  80. ^ Yet she was never even open about it :P

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:28pm
  81. Yay!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:05pm
  82. I love this show even more!!!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:05pm
  83. I love it!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:05pm
  84. Misty Prestwood

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:05pm
  85. I was so happy when I was this! I know a lot of parents are mad about this but oh well. There kids were going to be exposed to this sooner or later. & I liked how Bob and Amy acted NORMAL about this. They didn’t treat them differently than they would anyone else.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:05pm
  86. all their teenage boy characters are a bit androgynous…and I think most of the dad actors/characters are gay males. Just my opinion. My kids like disney and are gay friendly, so no quams from this mom. Its about time they just put it out there.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:06pm
  87. Patty and Sayde, you could have made this show. You have my respect.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:06pm
  88. about time welcome the 2000′s it’s only 2014.. Lesbians as well I guess Gay men would be too much..

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:06pm
  89. Finally, wow i love it

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:06pm
  90. Pretty sweet, and the scene didn’t even make a “big deal” of there being two moms, which is great!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:06pm
  91. Good. Finally a channel for kids not stereotyping ppl. Good job.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:06pm
  92. This can only be a good thing!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:07pm
  93. Its abt time

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:07pm
  94. Sally Stewart :)

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:07pm
  95. Truth.

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:08pm
  96. AWESOME!!!!!! :D <3 I love me some Disney!!!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:08pm
  97. Kimberli Lori

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:09pm
  98. Holy shhhhh- never thought Disney would do this. I’m proud! :D

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:09pm
  99. Finally!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:09pm
  100. is there a way to see the full show hated it missed this one… if some someone inbox me plz

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:10pm
  101. Disney has always been gay friendly (the company) yes the fosters is also a family show on abc family but they target different audiences. Good luck Charlie targets children. Helping them understand its okay to have 2 men or women as parents.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:10pm
  102. Now, if we could just have a gay teen couple…

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:10pm
  103. Awesome, what a difference from when US older gay folks were kids. There was no gay anything, only a lonely, confused heart

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:11pm
  104. all their teenage boy charachters are a bit androgynous…and I think most of the dad charachters are gay males. Just my opinion. My kids like disney and are gay friendly, so no quams from this mom.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:11pm
  105. Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:12pm
  106. seriously, people were having issues with this. this IS family friendly, especially to kids who are RAISED in a household like this!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:12pm
  107. Woo hoo!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:12pm
  108. Taylor’s moms are hot…

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:13pm
  109. Tell me they will not be making this couple look stupid. I don’t trust disney tell any story correctly. ;)

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:13pm
  110. watched this with my niece. Seeing as her aunt is gay, her grandmother is gay, and her half-sister’s mom is gay she’s already immune to it but nice to see it was on TV.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:13pm
  111. I cannot wait to see this episode when it plays again! We love this show!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:13pm
  112. Steph ‘Noodle’ Heenan

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:14pm
  113. WAY TO GO

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:15pm
  114. Wow

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:15pm
  115. YESSSSS!!!!!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:17pm
  116. Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:17pm
  117. Matt Cummings

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:17pm
  118. Good job Disney

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:18pm
  119. yayyyy improvement

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:18pm
  120. Great to know Disney doesn’t discriminate

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:18pm
  121. Of course they are lipstick lesbians and not diesel dykes. I’d accept either or both.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:20pm
  122. and the vast gamut in between...we don't need to be the stereotype.

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:25pm
  123. This is such a big deal! Most especially for all the children of two moms/dads out there… Finally represented and feeling a bit more “normal”!!! Bravo Disney!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:21pm
  124. I wonder what the 17 moms of one-million-moms will say about this! Do you think they’ll boycott Disney World?

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:21pm
  125. Christina Vitiello

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:21pm
  126. Becky Blaisdell

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:22pm
  127. Ngocanh Rose Le

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:23pm
  128. Love it.. Thank you Disney

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:23pm
  129. This is already being played out on the Fosters

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:24pm
  130. I agree with Jillian. Hot lesbians = ok for families. If they had been men, or even butch, it wouldn’t have been done.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:24pm
  131. The idiots over at one million moms group had their period panties in a wad over this. Glad Disney ignored them.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:24pm
  132. Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:25pm
  133. i wonder if that was a good idea for disney, since Walt Disney was an antisemist and a racist and things like that.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:25pm
  134. OMGSH! It’s DESI from mtv’s amazing show AWKWARD! Val the lovably crazy counselor and J-Towns best friend!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:25pm
  135. I love it

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:26pm
  136. I guess all the Christians will start hating Disney now…before to long they wont have anything new left to hate but themselves for acting SO UN Christ like.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:27pm
  137. I thougt this wasnt going to happen?!?1? but good thing anyways :)

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:27pm
  138. Jessica Garcia

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:28pm
  139. Melissa Vitiello that’s awesome!! I love that show

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:29pm
  140. disney and diversity sounds like an awful and degrading combination. theyre up to no good.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:30pm
  141. oh boy what next?the hill billy brother sister marriage act lol

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:32pm
  142. PLS SUPPORT THE MOVEMENT!!!! Queen City LYFE SUPPROTS YOU!!!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:32pm
  143. Patrizzia Simpson

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:32pm
  144. I’m so happy about this. It’s great to see Tv Stations depicting Gays and Lesbians in a positive light without the stereotypes. It’s always been said it was going to happen but I didn’t know I would be alive to see it slow began to happen now.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:34pm
  145. GO LIKE THE PAGE…ITS A MOVEMENT..CAN YOU FEEL IT!!!!! Queen City LYFE

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:34pm
  146. Kristen Teah Porter

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:36pm
  147. Hope this helps get the message across love is love x

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:36pm
  148. Delighted yay

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:36pm
  149. Still an evil corporation but…even a blind squirrel finds a but

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:36pm
  150. Nut*

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:36pm
  151. Ashley McIntosh

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:37pm
  152. <3

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:38pm
  153. …realy? :D

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:38pm
  154. Alexis we were just talking about this subject!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:42pm
  155. I love it..!!!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:42pm
  156. Gladys Morgan Natha Ojeda Erika Beltran.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:42pm
  157. Wow. i can’t believe I missed this one. Thats awesome

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:45pm
  158. yay

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:45pm
  159. Modern Family is ABC which is owned by Disney! Cameron and Mitchell are openly gay dads!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:47pm
  160. Cool.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:47pm
  161. this is so wrong and makes me sick i cant believe people think this is ok

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:48pm
  162. I now have a reason to watch Disney Channel again :) *reaches for remote*

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:48pm
  163. ChristopherRuth

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:50pm
  164. It isn’t sick, I was born this way. Maybe you should try putting yourself in our shoes. Like the song goes I can’t change, even if I tried, even if I wanted to.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:51pm
  165. Well… this is certainly a turn around for Disney. They’ve come a long way. Still not a fan though.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:51pm
  166. I’m pretty pleased with the effort Disney has been making to be more inclusive and representative of their audience

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:51pm
  167. I love how they don’t make a big deal out of it. They just go “Taylor has two moms” and that’s the end of it.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:52pm
  168. Funny if you keep reading the written piece it says it is the last season of the show. Kinda funny that they chose to show an episode with a lesbian couple then take the show of the air.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:52pm