GLAAD Presents A Handy Timeline Of 40 Years Of LGBT Families On TV

Tonight at 10pm, NBC is airing the pilot episode of The New Normal, the new fall comedy from Glee mastermind Ryan Murphy. Since the show focuses on a gay couple (Andrew Rannells and Justin Bartha) and their journey to becoming dads, GLAAD whipped up a timeline of depictions of LGBT parents on network and cable TV—from Jodie Dallas on Soap to Cam and Mitchell on Modern Family.

GLAAD has shared their infographic with Queerty—and gave a nice nod to the Our New Normal contest, where you can win a vacation for four just by posting a photo, video or story about you and your “family”—whether that’s a nuclear family, an extended family or a family of LGBT friends.

Infographic: What One Million Moms Doesn’t Want You to See

Tonight, NBC will premiere the long awaited comedy series The New Normal at 10pm, following the season premiere of The Voice.  The show follows a gay couple trying to start a family with the help of a surrogate mother and has found itself being targeted by groups like One Million Moms, who responded as though this depiction of same-sex parents was something they’d never seen before, saying it symbolized “the decay of morals and values.”

But the truth is LGBT families have actually been on our television screens for nearly half a century, and dozens of other programs have helped pave the way for shows like The New Normal to find mainstream acceptance as you can see in the GLAAD chart above, which first appeared on Queerty.

Be sure to also check out our profiles on some real-life “New Normal” families here. You can also share your own story as part of Queerty’s Our New Normal contest and win a dram vacation for four.

Share your story and enter for a chance to win here.

Be sure to tune tonight for the series premiere of The New Normal and tomorrow night for the second episode in its regular Tuesday time slot at 9:30pm.

See if your favorite LGBT clan was featured in the chart, and tune in tonight for the network debut of The New Normal.  And submit your family photos to the Our New Normal contest for a chance to win a trip for four, courtesy of American Airlines and Kimpton Hotels.