We were at the 27th GLAAD Awards in NYC as Connie Britton made her way down the Red Carpet a day after learning her fabulous & relevant ABC series Nashville had been canceled. What could we say but we love you. This cancellation is also a major blow for our LGBT community because the show not only included the rarity of a weekly LGBT character upcoming country music star Will Lexington played by Chris Carmack but the storyline was groundbreaking as he dealt with his sexual orientation on a primetime television network. Nashville’s show writers have been brilliant with Will’s storyline exposing homophobia in the South to the max. Could this all be part of what caused the show to be cancelled because crazier than fiction all this was happening while in real time last month Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam passed House Bill 1840 that allows counselors & therapists to deny LGBT patients if they feel would violate their "sincerely held principles." Not to mention at the same time Tennessee House Bill 2414 was circulating that bars our transgender community for using school bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity. Thankfully on Friday President Obama & his administration as well as the U.S. Department of Education issued new guidance for the safety & inclusion of transgender students. The new guidelines help to ensure transgender students will be treated fairly in public & federally funded schools, including equitable access to facilities such as restrooms & locker rooms. But back to the cancellation of Nashville, we need more LGBT stories on mainstream television & hopefully Nashville will find a new home on another venue so our stories will continue to be told.
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