PBS showcases gay characters in cartoon

by on January 26th, 2005

http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/chi-0501260330jan26,1,1364619.story?coll=chi-news-hed&ctrack=1&cset=true

The not-yet-aired episode of “Postcards From Buster” shows the title character, an animated bunny named Buster, on a trip to Vermont, a state that recognizes same-sex civil unions. The episode features two lesbian couples, although the focus is on farm life and maple sugaring.

A PBS spokeswoman, Lea Sloan, said late Tuesday that the non-profit network has decided not to distribute the episode, called “Sugartime!,” to its 349 stations. She said the Education Department’s objections were not a factor in that decision.

“Ultimately, our decision was based on the fact that we recognize this is a sensitive issue, and we wanted to make sure that parents had an opportunity to introduce this subject to their children in their own time,” said Sloan.

WGBH, the Boston public television station that produces the show, plans to make the “Sugartime!” episode available to other stations, and will air the episode on March 23, she said.

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