Yes, I'm a Gleek, but even if you're not a fan of Glee, you'll appreciate this vignette from the Hollywood Reporter's recent piece about the show. Actor Lea Michele, who plays Rachel Berry, a character with gay dads, stopped while filming in New York to speak with a 10-year-old fan who has two dads.
[Michele] is supposed to be on set with her cast, but insists that the little girl with two fathers wait for her outside the auditorium. Once there, Michele wraps her delicate arms around the girl and asks her about the experience. "How do you feel in school? What did you tell them?" she asks, visibly touched by her character's impact. "You're cool now; you're like Rachel Berry," she says to the nodding fan, adding, "I'm so proud of you."
[Quote from page 6; first page of story is here.]
We've never seen Rachel's dads on the show, although many a fan has clamored for them - but we've never seen several of the other students' parents, either. While I'd certainly like to see more LGBT parents in the media, I can't really criticize Glee for shying away from gay storylines - because they haven't. (Last I counted, there were five regular LGB characters - though it would be good if they could add a transgender character at some point.)
If Rachel's gay dads are kept as a simple part of her backstory, they still seem to be having a positive effect.
Of course, that makes me wonder what kind of effect they might have if they did actually appear on the show. Gay dads Cameron and Mitchell of ABC's Modern Family are great - but I think there's a need to show more LGBT parents with older children, too, if only to indicate that our children grow up just as well as anyone else's, even after years of being exposed to the "LGBT lifestyle."
For real-life proof (not that most readers here need it), go watch In My Shoes, the award-winning short film by COLAGE, the national organization for people with LGBTQ parents. It features five youth who have LGBTQ parents, and is available online in its entirety.
Thanks to Dorothy Snarker for pointing out the article. img src