Controversy Over That Gay Teen Kiss

There’s Controversy Over That Gay Teen Kiss On ‘The Fosters’

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ABC Family made history when two 13-year-old characters shared a same-sex kiss on the show “The Fosters.” However, with broken ground came angry tweets from those who disapproved of the scene.

“The Fosters,” which is currently in its second season, focuses on the story of a lesbian couple and their family of biological and fostered children. Last week, friends Jude (Hayden Byerly, 14) and Connor (Gavin MacIntosh, 15) kissed after a build-up around their blossoming relationship. It was the youngest gay kiss in TV history. While some were thrilled with the progressive and powerful message, others took to Twitter and bashed the show, calling it a “sin” and “cultural suicide.”

Show co-creators Peter Paige and Bradley Bredeweg defended the scene while speaking with TheWrap.

“When people question the scene my response has been: ‘Everyone has a first kiss and you remember it. How old were you?’ Ninety percent of people who have an answer come back and say, ‘I was 12, 13 and 14 years old,’ and I say, ‘Exactly. It was time to see this, time to put this up for the world,'” Bredeweg said. “Then people understand, they’re able to wrap their heads around it.”

“I would say its very easy to balk at or sensationalize the headline, but its hard to deny the truth or the integrity of the whole story,” Paige added. “We are here to tell the true stories of what it is to grow up and these are true stories of what it is to grow up as a young, potentially gay person. It’s the truth and that’s all.”

Although he admitted his hesitation as a straight male, Byerly told the Daily Beast he came to terms with filming the gay kiss because of the impact it could have for viewers of the show, particularly for the LGBT community.

“It was very important to portray a character that is going through a struggle that so many people go through,” he said. “I want people to watch the show and see the struggle that Jude goes though and feel more comfortable about themselves; to feel like it doesn’t matter whether you are gay or straight or bisexual or transgender or whatever you are, that you are happy with who you are, and that you are accepting of yourself. My hope is that people watch the scene and they are happy to see something on television that represents them.”

Watch the scene from “The Fosters” below.

Watch teaser: First gay local high school drama to hit Australian screens

Producers expect to show the pilot episode at festivals next year with hopes of a TV pick-up later in 2015

Cast of Subject to Change


An independent coming-of-age drama featuring same-sex attracted lead characters at a suburban Australian public high school is expected to hit local and international screens next year.

‘Through its coming-of-age narrative, Subject to Change will confront the harsh difficulties faced in suburban Australia by following these young adults as they deal with their complex and conflicting emotions. It will be a rocky road to love and inclusion through their final years of high school,’ the website reads.

Creator and executive producer by Daniel Mercieca said, ‘We’re setting it in a suburban Australian public high school, well outside the inner city comfort zone of rainbow flags and wear-it-purple days.’

‘It’s going to be a rough, homophobic experience for young same sex attracted students.’

The independently produced pilot episode of the television program is currently in post production and producers hope to show it at festivals next year.

A thirteen episode series of 22-25 minute episodes is currently in development.

Mercieca added that they currently have no development funding and are seeking discussions with interested co-producers in the new year.

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I Am Jazz: Teen Trans Advocate is published author

I am Jazz

By Ilyse Kramer

Thirteen-year-old Jazz-Jennings is a prolific trans advocate, recognized as the youngest person on The Advocate’s “40 under 40.” She has co-founded TransKids Purple Rainbow Foundation, which is committed to supporting and advocating for Trans children in their communities, shared her story on 20/20, 60 Minutes, the Oprah Winfrey Network, YouTube vlogs, and recently co-wrote an autobiographical picture book titled I Am Jazz.

In an interview with The Miami Herald, Jazz stated: “I wrote this book so we could help educate other transgender youth and families that it is OK to be different. It’s not just geared to LGBTQ people, but for everyone who is unique. And hopefully it can make a huge impact in letting everyone know that they have to accept each other because we’re all part of the same society.”


BBC to air film about trans teen on children's TV

‘I just want people to finally see me the way I see myself’

My Life: My Name Is Leo will air on CBBC.

Photo by BBC.

The BBC will be airing a film about a transgender teen on a children’s TV channel next week.

The film will star Leo, a 13-year-old guy, will tell the story of his life interchanged in a sequence of moving diary sequences.

Called ‘My Life: My Name Is Leo’, he will explain the bullying he’s encounted from people who could not accept who he is.

The film is set across seven months, following Leo and his family as he undergoes hormone therapy, meet other trans kids and eagerly waiting for a new passport that confirms his real identity to the world.

‘I just want people to finally see me the way I see myself,’ he says.

‘I had wanted to do a story on a transgender child for a while, because I know there are kids out there having a tough time. But up to now, we hadn’t found the right story to tell, and we trusted Nine Lives Media to tell this one sensitively,’ Kez Margrie, executive producer, told BBC’s in house magazine Ariel.

‘It feels very much like his journey and story, as told by him.’

Cat Lewis, Nine Lives executive producer, said: ‘The great thing about making documentaries like this for children is that they’re not born with prejudices.’

Or as Leo himself concludes in the film: ‘Everyone’s different somehow.’

My Life: I Am Leo will be broadcast as part of CBBC’s anti-bullying week on 17 November at 6pm.

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