In the 90’s, Will and Grace paved the way for queer content to enter the American living room – but primarily for a mature audience. Today, one of the show’s creators made sure young LGBTQ Americans in Indiana feel represented, too.
Max Mutchnick, the show runner of the current reboot as well as a creator of the original series, tweeted this letter to his followers announcing the HUGE donation he made to every library in his home state of Indiana – placing a copy of A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo in all 1,121 facilities in the Hoosier state.
— Max Mutchnick (@MaxMutchnick) March 30, 2018
In the tweet, Mutchnick thanks libraries and librarians for creating a “safe haven,” adding that, “books allow children to dream and hope, but you know that already.”
The book A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo is comedian Joh Oliver’s comedic retort to Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of the Vice President. The original Bundo was penned by Charlotte Pence, daughter of Vice President Mike Pence, and illustrated by his wife.
Oliver took the opportunity to write the LGBTQ-friendly version as a blistering critique of Pence’s vast history of discrimination against the community. As governor of Indiana, Pence supported various measures which undermined the rights of LGBTQ Hoosiers and restricted their access to health care.
Oliver’s version of the story shows Bundo falling in love with a male rabbit, experiencing the difficult process of coming out, and ultimately marrying his true love.
Will and Grace’s original run spanned eight highly-lauded seasons from 1998-2006. The revival has already been renewed for two additional seasons even though the first season has yet to air.
Mutchnick joins a growing list of LGBTQ celebrities and allies who have pushed for more visibility for queer characters, many of whom have chosen to buy out theaters showing the new gay teen rom-com Love, Simon.
The Trump administration might be terrifying for American minorities, but seeing such open support like this is an important step in countering their hate.
Spread that rainbow far and wide, everyone.
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