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LGBT Advocates Praise Disney Preschool Cartoon for Featuring Lesbian Moms

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Disney Junior’s popular preschooler television show Doc McStuffins has drawn praise from LGBT advocates for airing an episode that features two lesbian doll moms voiced by lesbian actors.

Now in it’s 4th season, Doc McStuffins is about a little girl who hopes to be a doctor, so she fixes dolls and stuffed animals in her home clinic with the help of her friends.

The episode titled “The Emergency Plan,” two doll moms, voiced by Wanda Sykes and Portia de Rossi, are faced with an “earthquake” that causes the doll family to be separated. Doc McStuffins then helps them make an emergency plan.

The episode aired on the Disney Channel on August 5 and on Disney Junior on August 6. Sykes says in an interview:

“My kids watch – they watch the show. In this episode, they see a family that looks like our family. We’re two moms and we have a boy and a girl, two kids, and it’s going to be very exciting for them to see our family represented. We’re a family, and families stick together.”

Now, the vice president of programs at gay rights media advocacy organization GLAAD Zeke Stokes, praised Disney for “breaking new ground” and “teaching valuable family lessons.”

The series’ creator and executive producer is Chris Nee, a lesbian mother who also wrote the episode. She says:

“I always envision Doc McStuffins as a show about what it means to accept everyone as part of our communities. As part of a two-mom family, I’m proud to have an episode that reflects my son’s world, and shows everyone that love is love in McStuffinsville.”

GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis also praised Disney for reflecting “the real world” saying:

“Children like mine deserve the chance to see their families reflected on TV, and this episode does just that in a beautiful and positive way. Many children being raised by gay and lesbian parents” will “celebrate this story.”

Lifesite News notes Nee’s 2012 interview with AfterEllen.com, in which the show’s creator said she was “definitely” planning to include gay storylines in Doc McStuffins:

My son [Theo] has two moms and it’s a huge part of my life as a human being and it’s been an incredible part of the way that I see the world and the way I see characters and the way I want to create characters who are incredibly accepting of each other and whatever is happening in their life. I think that I work very hard on creating the family of friends. I like to create a world that’s a world of friends who are just extraordinary at supporting each other in whatever they’ve doing — my own biological family is an amazing family but I think that classic story of gay kids is that you end up creating that family of friends and that’s always reflected in my work.

Nee added that she has been surprised by how supportive Disney has been:

“I’ve never been anything but accepted in the world of writing kids’ TV but I was surprised that Disney has been so beyond willing and excited to sort of publicize this part of my life and this part of who I am.

 

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