Hallmark leans into LGBTQ+ holiday movies the year after Candace Cameron Bure leaned out

Hallmark leans into LGBTQ+ holiday movies the year after Candace Cameron Bure leaned out

Good news, everyone! The year after she left the Hallmark Channel for Great American Family in part because the latter would “keep traditional marriage at the core,” Candace Cameron Bure is starring in a new Great American Family Christmas movie, “My Christmas Hero.” And if there’s one thing we have been promised will not be in that movie, it’s LGBTQ+ characters.

By contrast, Hallmark continues to come out with new holiday movies with LGBTQ+ main characters: two this season. “Christmas on Cherry Lane” will premiere on Dec. 9, and “Friends & Family Christmas” will premiere on Dec. 17. Expect an undiluted Hallmark holiday movie experience. On Thanksgiving night, Hallmark will also be premiering “Catch Me If You Claus,” a straight romance featuring gay actor Luke Macfarlane. Macfarlane’s continuing casting in straight romantic lead roles since he started also playing prominent LGBTQ+ roles is another solid move from Hallmark.

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