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ABC Family's 'The Fosters' Airs Youngest Same-Sex TV Kiss

By    |   Wednesday, 04 Mar 2015 03:37 PM

The ABC Family network has laid claim to what "The Fosters" creator Peter Paige says could be the "youngest same-sex kiss in U.S. television history" as he described it on Twitter.

The Monday episode, which featured young teens Jude and Connor giving in to adolescent crushes with a sweet smooch, quickly earned praise from Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), which noted the boys' romantic arc this season.

Noted GLAAD entertainment media strategist Megan Townsend of the episode's significance for gay youth: "Studies have shown that more and more LGBT people are coming out in their teens and that those who come out at school have higher rates of self-esteem in the long term.

She added: "For LGBT youth, stories like this are a powerful moment to see themselves represented and recognize they aren't alone. These characters are also able to nurture understanding and acceptance in their peer groups, ultimately creating a safer environment for LGBT youth."

The show is produced by none other than mega-celeb Jennifer Lopez who has said it portrays a more modern type of family with both biological and adopted children who are cared for by a lesbian couple, Breitbart said.

Already the storyline has earned praise online by some youth who have acknowledged their approval of the couple with the joint social media hashtag #Jonnor.

The Huffington Post cited one Tweet from show fan Martha Preston who wrote: "So happy they are progressing and showing young love! People don't forget that gay people don't become gay only as adults."

Slate described the episode as "a fresh take on parenting queer kids."

"That model of open and accepting parenting is a sharp contrast to the other portrayal of foster care and adoption currently on television," Slate added. "This depiction, though perhaps exaggerated, undoubtedly resembles scenes in many American households — even those where parents would never consider themselves homophobic or heterosexist. In most homes, and in American culture, children are presumed straight until proved otherwise."

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The ABC Family network has laid claim to what "The Fosters" creator Peter Paige says could be the "youngest same-sex kiss in U.S. television history" as he described it on Twitter.
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