Disney Channel and Nickelodeon: Have at least one gay or lesbian main character on one of your shows.
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Disney Channel and Nickelodeon: Have at least one gay or lesbian main character on one of your shows.

    1. Ashlee Edwards
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      Ashlee Edwards

      Denver, CO

In this day and age, young adults and tweens are influenced so much by what they see on tv. Disney Channel and Nickelodeon have shown young love on their shows for many years. They show 11 and 12 year olds flirting and wanting to have relationships. That's fine, tweens have crushes too. But all they've ever shown are straight characters, never openly gay ones. By not including gay characters, they're isolating an entire population of children, who look up to people they see on tv. It is shown that most children know by the time they're 4 years old who they're attracted to. Gay kids need a good role model on safe, appropriate channels, to show them that they're not alone, and it's perfectly normal to be feeling what they feel. I would like Disney Channel and Nickelodeon to have at least one main character who identifies as gay on one of their shows. This could save thousands of lives by showing kids they're not alone, and it's about time these networks show gay, as well as straight, relationships.

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      • 9 months ago

      I agree!

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    • Vito Amato CINCINNATI, OH
      • 9 months ago

      I never understood self confidence growing up because I feel that I never had the reassurance as a kid. As a young child, this is where you develop they need to know different lifestyles.

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    • Joey Nathan WHANGAREI, NEW ZEALAND
      • 10 months ago

      I love Disney :) and i love gays :D ssoo why not

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    • Jason Rawlins NEWPORT, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 10 months ago

      I'm a gay teen and it's hard excepting yourself when you first come to the realisation that your a guy who likes guys or a girl who likes girls to accept yourself with no lgbt role-models and can make you feel quite alone and different. This also very important to teach the younger generation that it's okay to be part of the lgbt community where as I still get people using the word gay as an insult. It's not fair. It's not a choice. Your born that way and should be accept like anyone else. It's only fair that lgbt individuals are represented in children's shows.

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    • Jason Rawlins NEWPORT, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 10 months ago

      I'm a gay teen and growing up I had no real lgbt role models until I started watching glee about two years ago and I felt quite alone and thought that people wouldn't except me for who I am

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