The folks at “Bold and the Beautiful” (B&B) got a big honor this weekend. The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) awarded the CBS sudser one of its prestigious annual Media Awards.
Double the Recognition
B&B was also nominated for this honor in 2015 for the groundbreaking Maya Avant storyline. Maya, as we all know, is a transgender woman. She revealed her history to her beau, Rick (Jacob Young) who embraced her and even proposed marriage to her. She began repairing her relationship with her straight-and-narrow parents, particularly father Julius (Obba Babatunde).
This past year, Maya and Rick welcomed daughter Lizzie into the world. Maya’s sister Nicole (Reign Edwards) was their surrogate, adding dimension and complexity to Maya’s story.
“Karla Mosley [was]on hand to receive the recognition,” reported Michael Fairman.”
Why Not the Others?
B&B is the only nominee in the Media Awards’ daytime series category. We thought this exclusion of the other daytime serials was noteworthy.
If GLAAD excluded General Hospital, Days of Our Lives, and The Young and the Restless from this category because of dropped or non-existent LGBTQ storylines, we’re confused. B&B hasn’t exactly put Maya at the forefront of the story canvas. Also, B&B does something wildly unrealistic and slightly offensive in relation to LGBTQ matters. The show centers on a fashion house that employs not a single gay man. Anyone who works in the fashion industry can attest to the ludicrousness of this bizarre narrative choice.
Days has Paul (Christopher Sean) and Sonny (Freddie Smiith), aka Paulson, and these two finally admitted they have feelings for each other and made love. So we hope we’ll see more of them.
Brad and Lucas as a couple have been missing from the GH story canvas for a long time, ever since they tied the knot. However, the show announced Carnes will return soon. In addition, we saw more glimpses, random and fleeting though they were, of Brad as Finn (Michael Easton) struggled with various life issues.
The Young and the Restless is the sole daytime drama with not a single LGBTQ character or any current awareness that the community exists.
GLAAD consistently recognized Days with nominations and awards until the show killed Will Horton.
Double the Honor
“The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives,” said GLAAD on its website.
Soap Cities thanks GLAAD for this important work and congratulates B&B for the honor.
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