It is pretty clear that I am both a daytime television fan and a true believer that these shows break ground with LGBT characters.
One of the most hotly discussed topics in this genre is the potential LGBT storylines. This week I'm focusing on General Hospital on ABC. Speculation is half the fun and all things point to a potential gay supercouple plan for GH.
GH is celebrating its 50th year in production with a big splashy return of the Nurse's Ball and all of the beloved characters from the 80's and 90's - Laura Webber Spencer, Scott Baldwin, Lucy Coe, Frisco Jones, Felicia Scorpio Jones, Bobbie Spencer Jones, Nikolas Cassadine, Brenda Barrett and Jasper Jacks among others.
There have been vampires, impersonations, kidnappings (multiple), murders, orphans, reunions, pregnancy lies, and lots of glorious soapy intrigue. The big reveal is which of the "big bads" will show up - the Cassadines, Faison or Jerry Jax?
This is the perfect time for General Hospital to unfold/expand their LGBT storyline.
If you recall, the show had a storyline where Lucas Jones, adopted son of Bobbie Spencer and Tony Jones, came out. Lucas was a teenager. Tony was cool and assured his son he loved him, then sadly died in an outbreak at the hospital. Bobbie wasn't so cool with it, but came around. Then Lucas disappeared and we just learned that Bobbie is living in Seattle - she's back for the Nurse's Ball.
Last year, GH introduced Felix DuBois - male student nurse. No coming out story - Felix was out and proud. He has a crush on Milo (mob enforcer/bodyguard) and is best friends with nurse Sabrina. Felix is a bit effeminate, but he's also smart, cares about his job and has healthy, positive relationships with various people including young Emma Scorpio Drake. He's a great secondary cast member and I challenge those who say he's a stereotype to rethink their understanding of the genre.
We also had a very soapy hint this week - Bobbie Spencer Jones mentioned her gay son, Lucas, and her hope he would meet a nice guy. Cut to Felix sadly discussing his romantic life. Duh-duh-duh.
I've fleshed out five possible LGBTQ storylines for General Hospital at my blog, Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents. Please weigh in with your thoughts.