Justin Bartha and Andrew Rannells on THE NEW NORMAL
Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser as Jamie and Paul Buckman on MAD ABOUT YOU
Justin Bartha and Andrew Rannells are a great couple on THE NEW NORMAL, but the show needs to focus more on what their lives were like before they were trying to have a baby. Maybe some flashbacks to times past would help viewers identify with their relationship. I have watched 3 episodes and I still don’t feel that I know them very well. Don’t get me wrong. I am very happy to see a loving gay couple on network TV. To make this show succeed, though, it will be necessary to tell the audience more about them, like MAD ABOUT YOU did with Jamie and Paul Buckman.
Randee Heller and Billy Crystal on SOAP
Shirley MacLaine and Audrey Hepburn in THE CHILDRENS HOUR
The show makes me think about the lack of openly gay characters on television when I was growing up. My earliest memory of gay characters with whom I could identify was when NET (later PBS) ran THE CHILDRENS HOUR (with Shirley MacLaine and Audrey Hepburn) one Sunday night. There were no other such TV characters I remember seeing until 1977 when SOAP first aired with Billy Crystal as Jodie Dallas and (for 10 episodes) Randee Heller as Alice, the lesbian Jodie stopped from jumping off a bridge. There were no openly gay TV personalities. I loved Paul Lynde and Lily Tomlin, but had no idea they were gay.
I wish something like THE NEW NORMAL had been around back then.
As of one minute after midnight on 20 September 2011, gays and lesbians are no longer discriminated against by the United States military. The us joins 42 other progressive nations that allow gays to serve, including Israel, Japan, Russia (!), and almost all of Europe.
In most of the United States, gays and lesbians are still second-class citizens. We can marry in only six states. Employers can legally fire people for being gay. There is still a long way to go.
But the end of DADT is an important event in ending discrimination against LGBT people. We have President Obama to thank for this, and we owe him our continued support.
The message below is from Geri and Cindy of Brooklyn, New York and was sent out by the organization FREEDOM TO MARRY.
I thought I’d pass it along. It sounds like a really good idea.
“In two weeks, same-sex couples will finally be able to marry in New York. The two of us will tie the knot in our Brooklyn neighborhood, surrounded by family and friends.
It’s hard to believe it’s been 19 years since we first met and, like most couples, we’ve been through joys and sorrows. Most importantly, we’ve been able to go through them all together. We’re overjoyed to be able to say “I Do” and our kids are thrilled that their parents will “really” be married just like the parents of their friends at school.
After nearly 20 years together, one thing’s for sure: We don’t need toasters, gravy boats, or blenders as gifts. Instead, we’re asking friends and family to give a gift that’s much more meaningful — the gift of equality.
We’re signing up for Freedom to Marry’s Wedding Registry because we support Freedom to Marry’s leadership in winning more states, building public support, and repealing the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act.
If you’re getting married and are in a similar situation as we are — lots of love and lots of stuff — sign up for a meaningful way for your friends and family to honor your wedding.
When you join the Wedding Registry, you’ll get a page of your own where you can post a photo and share your story. Your friends and family will be able to make donations to Freedom to Marry in your honor. It only takes a couple of minutes to set up your profile.