Lifetime cable network has announced that one of its upcoming Christmas movies will be its first to feature a same-sex romance as the lead story.
“We’re proud that we were able to share an amazing storyline last year featuring a same-sex kiss in ‘Twinkle All the Way,’” Lifetime and LMN head of programming Amy Winter said, according to The Wrap.
Last year’s “Twinkle All the Way” featured a same-sex kiss between secondary characters.
“And this year, we’re even more proud to announce one of our Christmas movies will feature an LGBTQ lead story because, at Lifetime, the holidays truly are for everyone,” Winter added, referring to the film “The Christmas Set Up.”
The movie’s synopsis reads: “Hugo, a New York corporate lawyer and his best friend Madelyn head to Milwaukee to spend the holidays with his mom Kate, who is also in charge of the local Christmas celebrations. Ever the matchmaker, Kate arranges for Hugo to run into Patrick, Hugo’s high school friend and secret crush, who has recently returned after a successful stint in Silicon Valley. As they enjoy the local holiday festivities together, Hugo and Patrick’s attraction to each other is undeniable and it looks as though Kate’s well-intentioned Santa-style matchmaking is a success. But as Hugo receives word of a big promotion requiring a move to London, he must decide what is most important to him.”
In July, Lifetime’s rival Hallmark Channel, which portrays itself as the “country’s leading destination for quality family entertainment,” announced it would feature in the coming months “LGBTQ storylines, characters, and actors.”
“Diversity and inclusion is a top priority for us and we look forward to making more programming announcements in the coming months, with projects featuring LGBTQ storylines, characters, and actors,” Hallmark said in a recent statement. “We are committed to creating a Hallmark experience where everyone feels welcome.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Anugrah Kumar