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The Hallmark Channel’s holiday season movie lineup will include 40 new movies, with some featuring LGBTQ narratives. The move came after the channel received backlash for its original slate of Christmas movies lacking LGBTQ inclusion. Producers responded to frustrated viewers assuring them that they are in “active negotiations” and that “more details” are coming. The company has publicly spoken out about making diversity and inclusion a “top priority.” 

During the winter of 2019, Hallmark aired a commercial of two brides kissing. The channel eventually pulled the commercial and then apologized for doing so. The ads were pulled following a published petition led by a conservative group asking the channel to “please reconsider airing commercials with the same sex.” The same group, One Million Moms, has responded to the recent announcement with another petition, calling for a boycott of the entire Hallmark brand, which includes cards, wrapping paper, and Christmas ornaments. 

Hallmark has continually come under fire for lack of diversity – the channel cast its first Black lead in 2018 and only nine movies featuring Black leads have aired in the Countdown to Christmas lineup to date.

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Hallmark Channel is in “active negotiations” over a possible LGBTQ holiday film – LGBTQ Nation – 7/19/2020
This year, Hallmark will reportedly be making holiday cheer a little more queer. After criticism for its past holiday movie lineups that have not featured any LGBTQ leads, company representatives are claiming this year will be different.

Hallmark Channel to Include LGBTQ Characters and Storylines in 2020 Holiday Movies – TVGuide – 7/21/2020
All we want for Christmas is some LGBTQ representation! And we must have made it onto the nice list this year because Hallmark Channel says that’s exactly what it’s planning for its 2020 holiday programming. In a statement to Out Magazine, Hallmark Channel announced it is in “active negotiations” to include LGBTQ characters and storylines into its holiday movies this year

Hallmark to feature LGBT storylines, characters and actors – Christian Post – 7/21/2020
The Hallmark Channel, which portrays itself as the “country’s leading destination for quality family entertainment,” has announced it will feature in the coming months “LGBTQ storylines, characters, and actors.”

Vancouver actors speak out about “unwritten rules” limiting diversity in Hallmark films – Daily Hive – 7/21/2020
Actors in Vancouver are speaking out against the lack of diversity in Hallmark films, calling it an “unwritten rule,” after the company released a statement in support of Black Lives Matter.

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