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Schitt's Creek explicitly mentions LGBT people

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's sitcom "Schitt's Creek" has a rich family losing their wealth, so they have to move to a motel in the small town of Schitt's Creek. One of their characters, David, has stereotypically gay mannerisms, and has made comments about being the potential victim of a hate crime committed by residents of the town. However, his sexual orientation was never mentioned. Until episode 10.


David and Stevie (the female motel desk clerk) wind up in bed. Later, they are shopping for a bottle of wine to bring to a dinner party.

Stevie: "So, just to be clear, I'm a red wine drinker".
David: "That's fine."
Stevie: "I only drink red wine."
David: "OK".
Stevie: "And up until last night, I was under the impression that you, too, only drank red wine. But I guess I was wrong?"
David: "I see where you're going with this. I do drink red wine. But I also drink white wine. And I've been known to sample the occasional rose. And a couple summers back, I tried a merlot that used to be a chardonnay, which got a bit complicated.
Stevie: "So yes, you're just open to all wines."
David: "I like the wine and not the label."

Then, just to make it clear to the audience, the father, Johnny Rose, talks to the mayor of the town, Roland Schitt:

Johnny: "My son is pansexual"
Roland: "I've heard what that is, that's the cookware fetish."
Johnny: "No no, he loves everybody. Men, women, women who become men, men who become women. I'm his father, I always wanted his life to be easy. But, you know, pick just one gender and maybe everything would have been less ... confusing."
Roland: "Well, Johnny, when it comes to matters of the heart, we can't tell our kids who to love."

Later, the father talks to David and Stevie:

Johnny: "David, I just want you to know that I support this. And not the fact that you're sleeping with a girl, which is great, but I'd be just as happy if you were to bring home one of your guy friends"
Johnny: "David, I just want you to know that I endorse all your sexual encounters."

I was impressed that they never made any attempt to make people's orientation part of the humour - all of the laughs are directed at people's awkwardness.

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