NEW YORK – “One Life to Live” is ending the short-lived storyline of gay male characters Fish and Kyle, bitterly disappointing LGBT fans of the soap opera and angering gay-rights groups.
The gay characters – played by Brett Claywell and the openly gay Scott Evans – will exit the soap in April as their storyline builds to a dramatic conclusion.
Last summer, Fish and Kyle became the first two gay characters in soap opera history to have a long, romantic, make-out session on air. They also got married in a ceremony that rocked Llanview.
Currently, Fish and Kyle are growing increasingly at odds over whether Fish should take steps to determine whether he is a father after a drunken one-night stand with a female character on the show.
Rumors running rampant on the Internet suggest that the couple will win custody of the infant Sierra Rose and that they will sail off into the sunset to raise a family – off-screen.
Today, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) advocated for the continuation of the storyline of Kyle and Fish and spoke out on the importance of bringing fair and accurate media images of LGBT people to Americans.
“Last summer, ‘One Life to Live’ brought a ground-breaking relationship into the homes of millions with Kyle and Fish’s story, one that built acceptance and understanding of gay people,” GLAAD said in a statement.
“While we understand that the close of storylines is a frequent occurrence on daytime dramas, canceling this story just as it gains momentum is a step backward in ABC Daytime’s representation of the lives of gay Americans.”
GLAAD spoke to officials at ABC Daytime to voice concerns and push for the continuation of the storyline.
“We remain disappointed that ABC Daytime has chosen to stop sharing this powerful story with viewers of’ One Life to Live.’ GLAAD will continue to advocate that in the near future producers and writers at ABC Daytime incorporate gay and transgender characters in their programming.”
ABC issued its own statement, meant to appease LGBT viewers.
"The groundbreaking Kyle/Fish relationship on ‘One Life to Live’ was embraced by fans both as a great story and a fair and honest reflection of the LGBT community. We're glad their story resonated with the audience, and understand the fans' disappointment now that it has concluded,” ABC said in a statement.
“The show has a history of bringing LGBT stories to the screen -- earning two GLAAD awards in the process -- as well as returning popular characters when they serve the ongoing story. These great characters remain in Llanview, and while there are no immediate plans to advance their story, the door is always open for their return."
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.
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