Love is love! Shows love! Schitt’s Creek, Modern FamilyAnd The Fosters have put LGBTQ romances front and center — and made audiences swoon over their characters’ love stories.
The beloved Pop TV series Schitt’s CreekProducer and writer Dan LevyIt illustrated the difficulties of coming out in small towns and finding love. His character, David Rose, falls for his business partner, Patrick Brewer, who hadn’t opened up about his sexuality to his family yet. When his parents show up in town for a surprise visit, Patrick leans on David for support, fearing that they won’t accept him for who he really is. In the end, however, they reveal they’re just happy to see their son with someone who makes him feel complete.
“It was an episode that I knew I had always wanted to write because [Patrick], up until this point, has been an ideal person who didn’t have a lot of things wrong with him,” Levy said during a sit-down with his costar, Noah ReidIn March 2019, “For me, it was important as a gay person to tell that story. But it was even more important to tell that story in a way that was counter to the experiences that I had seen on television.”
Many stories featuring LGBTQ characters are filled with stereotypical tropes and end in tragedy. However, shows like Buffy the Vampire SlayerAnd Modern FamilyThey were able bring a more positive portrayal to the table of queer-love.
The ABC sitcom that starred starred for many years. Jesse Tyler FergusonAnd Eric StonestreetCam and Mitchell changed the game in terms of acceptance of gay couples on primetime television, just like Mitchell and Mitchell. Ferguson was praised for his role in the 2015 Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage across all 50 states. Modern FamilyIt is a true representation of gay men.
“They’re fathers, they’re sons, they’re a lawyer and a teacher — they’re also gay, but the series does not lead with that,” he told VarietyAt the time. “That was progressive and bold, even though it shouldn’t be. Modern Family has become a pop-culture touchstone, an easy and safe way to expose audiences to many different relationships in a way that doesn’t feel threatening.”
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