Nov 26, 2020 - Economy

Hallmark's first Christmas movie with a gay couple to air on Thanksgiving

Illustration of a gay flag on a TV

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Hallmark's first Christmas movie featuring a storyline with a same-sex couple will air Thursday night for Thanksgiving, CBS News reports.

The big picture: GLAAD's 2019-2020 report on LGBTQ representation in TV found that 10% of regular characters expected to appear on primetime programming in the past year were LGBTQ — the highest percentage in 15 years.

  • Hallmark and Lifetime are showing at least 5 holiday movies — out of 74 total — that feature LGBTQ couples, per CBS.

Last Christmas, the Hallmark Channel reversed a decision to pull a commercial showing a same-sex couple kissing at their wedding, after the company faced social media backlash and calls for a boycott.

  • The commercial was pulled at the request of One Million Moms, a branch of the conservative advocacy group American Family Association.

Editor's note: This story has been corrected to show that Hallmark's movie is airing on Thanksgiving, not debuting on Thanksgiving.

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