Me and a friend who studies game design were talking about this a while back. She was working on a concept idea for a game where she had two homosexual characters, but she said that if she were ever to make the game, she wouldn't include the gay characters if the game was for children under 12. Her reason is that the children wouldn't understand it. I don't think this is a bad opinion, but I think that the earlier children see this stuff, the easier they will accept it. As long as the queer characters aren't portrayed badly and are shown just as normal as straight characters, it should be no problem.
Personally I think it's good -- unless you say something to them about it, kids will grow up to think that "hey look not only can it be girl x boy, but also boy x boy and girl x girl etc." and will be more accepting of this stuff. Depending on what age they are at the time, they may not even question it. But if they are confused or surprised or whatever it's simple for the parents to explain that some people simply don't fall in love with the opposite gender, which is dAMN FINE OKAY
In this world, there are all kinds of people. I'd wait until the child is a 8-year-old so that they know what's going on, though(based on Americans). Honestly, you can shelter kids for a little bit but they need to know the world for what it is, not a frivolous fantasy.
At the same time, television must no longer show stereotypes. Not all gays are sluts, not all Blacks are gangsters,etc. The media is what's corrupting the younger generation.
This is a really good question by the way, Spitfires.
Yea true. Even if the focus of the story isn't on a couple, they often still appear in the background (parents of characters, for example).
And indeed, they must be shown the same way heterosexual white people are shown - not defined by skin colour, orientation or geligion, but with a whole complete personality. As A person and not a representation of an orientation.
it's better not to keep kids in the dark about the world around them regardless of whether you agree with it or not, they exist and should be represented if violence can be depicted in kid's shows, why not lgbt+ people?
Good. In some children's shows there is straight couples that make flirtatious remarks or are dating/married. Why not homo couples too?
It's a changing world. It would be good for homosexual couples to appear in children's shows. If it's something children are used to seeing they won't question it when they are older. I'm almost wanting to say that it might decrease homophobia.
The problem is there is already a lot of homophobic people/parents that would complain. Homophobia already took over and toxicated too much of the world v.v
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And even if not, there are often couples in the background anyway, that might not be as obvious, but they're still there. Parents of characters, for example.
I'm pretty sure it would decrease homophobia by at least a bit, as people wouldn't see it as abnormal anymore and be more understanding of it. If they saw it as a normal healthy relationship rather than a freakish sin against nature I'm sure they'd be more tolerant of it.
Yea. I don't think that should keep us from doing it anyway though!
I know, I had that in mind too. That sort of thing is common in some kids shows here, although I don't know if it's the same where you're from. The characters don't have parents, there's just a bunch of people interacting with a simple plot line.
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As long as it's treated the same as any straight couple. I'm from seattle, where any none hetro couple is glorified beyond belief. I think equality is where we need to be, and it's really not there. Almost to the point where you get a dirty look for being stright in seattle... But yeah, i think a nice normal homosexual (or whatever they may be) couple would be a good way to gently introduce the subject to kids. But sadly there will always be people who are crazy for or crazy against. It would cause trouble no matter what sadly. Gah. Stupid world.
Yeah! Letting kids see diversity helps them be more tolerant and understanding, and if any of the kids turn out to not be heterosexual later in life, they'll already have some kind of understanding of it since they've seen it before. Just write the characters well and everything will go swimmingly.
I mean, they can have non-straight people, but that can't be their only defining characteristic of them. The characters need depth still. If all they do is say "hey I'm a guy I just wanna kiss guys" that would be far too over the top
It's a wonderful idea as long as they're represented as people before anything else. The stereotypes may be good for some shows that revolve around that (welp, some people actually are that stereotype, but shhh), but for movies and series that are meant to be taken seriously the character must be complete, not just "non-hetero". This is why I love characters like Korra and Dumbledore (hints that he was gay were scattered all over the books, so yea, it's not a last minute LGTBA's ass-kissing like many people said; same goes for Korrasami from what I've readgotta finish the show xAx).
i didnt know what gay people even were until i was 11 and that was because my mom divorced my dad because she turned out to be homosexual, i literally had NO exposure and that was only 6 years ago, kids these days are going to grow up and not see lbgtqia+ presented in a positive light in mainstream media and might even be convinced they are bad by their parents. ugh this is jumbled
As long as they dont rely on stereotypes or display them negatively or superior due to their sexuality it should be fine to give children the idea that homosexuality isnt anything bad. Though homophobic people probably wouldnt let their children watch it. :/