Wanda Sykes and Portia de Rossi, two of Hollywood’s most well-known queer women, have helped bring a positive portrayal of a LGBT family to children by voicing a queer couple on Disney Junior’s Doc McStuffins.
The show, which follows a young “doctor” who repairs broken toys, has long been celebrated for its black female protagonist, and this weekend’s episode “The Emergency Plan” is being championed by GLAAD for seamlessly showcasing a two-mom household.
“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,” said GLAAD President and CEO CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “Shows like this reflect our real world, and today that includes the many children being raised by gay and lesbian parents who are all going to celebrate this story.”
Chris Nee, the show’s creator, adds, “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.”
There’s another Disney show that should take a much-needed cue from Doc McStuffins: Disney Channel’s That’s So Raven spinoff Raven’s Home recently premiered, and the plot follows best friends Raven (Raven-Symoné Pearman) and Chelsea (Anneliese van der Pol) becoming “roommates” after their marriages both fall apart, sleeping on bunk beds while their kids share bedrooms. How long before those two come out of the closet?