In the decade since the second to last episode of Good Luck Charlie featuring Susan and Cheryl aired, we have seen an abundance of LGTBQ+ rep in children’s media. I am so thankful and we are now getting to a spot where shows don’t have to wait until the final season to these characters any longer.
So, this is very nice to see and this is also seen in the new show, The Ghost and Molly McGee. I was quite excited for this show and part of that was because the creators did confirm two things that are important to me, autistic rep and LGTBQ+ rep. Now, the latter caused something of a shipping war that got a bit crazy, just look Molibby and you’ll see what I mean.
So things got a little crazy there but no turns out it was one of Molly’s teachers, Mrs. Roop. This was confirmed in the episode, No Good Deed. When the teachers are sent to prison thinking it’s an escape room as Molly’s younger brother, Darryl is trying to get rid of them and she says this.
We have seen Mrs. Roop and Pam dancing in another episode, I can’t remember which, and Pam hasn’t had any speaking lines yet.
Mrs. Roop is played lesbian actress Jane Lynch who I best know as Coach Sue from Glee but she plays a much nicer character here.
While Mrs. Roop is a minor character in the show, there is something important about seeing LGTBQ+ teachers/characters in a public school setting. It’s a way to show these people are part of everyday life and no matter what one may think, they can still do a good job. A bit of a tangent but I think part of the reason this is so important is that here in Virginia where I live, I’ve seen news stories about public schools wanting to ban LGBTQ books. They blame it on sexual content but c’mon.
Fairfax parent and a woman who said she was a former teacher, also alleged that the books — “Lawn Boy” by Jonathan Evison and “Gender Queer” by Maia Kobabe — contain depictions of pedophilia, a charge that Evison denied. Both books were recently honored by the American Library Association as texts with “special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18.
Thankfully people saw fit to have the sense to overturn these decisions.
A school board in Virginia has, at least temporarily, reversed a decision to ban LGBTQ books from school libraries after widespread condemnation.
I’m happy to see this but I fear with my state’s new governor, things are only going to get worse as one of the platforms he ran on was that parents should get to choose what their children are taught.
To grant parents radically increased say in what or how teachers teach, Youngkin would have to overhaul the structure of American public-school education in Virginia, which is now determined by state standards and elected school boards that represent all residents of a district, not just parents.
If things continue down this path, I imagine the governor is going to want to coddle cis and white students from learning about the awful parts of our history. He’s made it clear that he’s no fan of critical race theory and I can only imagine how he feels about LGBTQ+ people but I don’t think it’s positive.
It may seem absurd to bring this up in a blog about a character in a children’s cartoon but I am highlighting it here because sometimes media is the only outlet kids have to see that people that are different from them exist or that they aren’t wrong for feeling how they might feel if they identify as part of the community.
Also as I brought up before going on this tangent, it’s more than likely some of these students here in VA have a teacher with a same-sex partner and they aren’t wrong for living a different lifestyle than what has been seen as the norm for so long.