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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