Michelle Obama: LGBT people should be on TV

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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 30: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama joins with Sesame Street's Elmo (L) and Rosalita (R) for an announcement on a new initiative aimed at promoting healthier nutrition for school children Ocotber 30, 2013 in Washington, DC. During the event the first lady announced that Sesame Street's characters will join with the Partnership for a Healthier America in a two-year agreement to promote greater fresh fruit and vegetable consumption by children. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The first lady of the USA claimed that fighting for equality is impossible without the repreeantation of LGBT people in movies and TV shows. “For so many people, television and movies may be the only way they understand people who aren’t like them,” Mrs. Obama said, “And when I come across many little black girls who come up to me over the course of these seven and a half years with tears in their eyes, and they say: ‘Thank you for being a role model for me. I don’t see educated black women on TV, and the fact that you’re First Lady validates who I am.’”

Michelle Obama added that it is important to represent the characters of different races, lifestyles and cultures because it has an educative function and helps people to overcome stereotypes. Referencing Modern Family’s gay couple, Mitch and Cam, Mrs Obama said: “They become part of who you are. You share their pains. You understand their fears. They make you laugh, and they change how you see the world. And that is particularly true in a country where there are still millions of people who live in communities where they can live their whole lives not having contact or exposure with people who aren’t like them, whether that is race or religion or simply lifestyle. The only way that millions of people get to know other folks and the way they live…is through the power of television and movies.”

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