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The Hallmark Channel Is Doing Its First Ever Gay Christmas Film

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The Hallmark Channel Is Doing Its First Ever Gay Christmas Film

Hallmark has released its first LGBTQ Christmas movie just in time for the holiday season, with the channel promising its 'most diverse lineup' amid the release of their 40 new films.

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The flick, titled The Christmas House, also stars a familiar face - Jonathan Bennett (aka Mean Girls' Aaron Samuels) as Brandon, who's trying to adopt a baby with his husband Jake, played by Brad Harder.

Speaking of his numerous appearances in Hallmark films, Bennett said he had 'tears well' in his eyes after learning the film would be featuring an LGBTQ storyline.

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"I've played straight characters in Hallmark movies for years now," Bennett told Refinery29.

"I've told their stories so many times that it was nice to be able to tell a story that felt more authentically me."

Credit: The Hallmark Channel
Credit: The Hallmark Channel

Bennett added that upon learning that he nabbed the role in The Christmas House, he asked about further plot details, not yet knowing it would be the channel's first LGBTQ Christmas film.

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"I asked them, 'What's the name of my [girlfriend]?'... They said, 'Jake.' And my jaw hit the floor. And I think I had tears well in my eyes, I was so excited," he said.

"Many of the LGBTQ+ members of the crew came up to us and said that they've worked on a lot of Hallmark movies and to have representation like this for the first time was very special.

"It feels like I'm a part of progress."

Credit: The Hallmark Channel
Credit: The Hallmark Channel
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The new lineup is a part of Hallmark's Countdown to Christmas program, which kicked off on October 24.

It comes following backlash last year after the Hallmark Channel bowed to pressure to pull an ad showing a same sex couple kissing, before reinstating the commercial.

Now, they look to have begun taking representation in a positive direction.

Bennett added: "What I think Hallmark Channel has done so well is they really have taken a step back and looked at representation and what that means to their viewers, what that means to their employees, what that means to the world.

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"And they really put their money where their mouth is and are are stepping up and making sure that that holiday table is bigger than it's ever been before and making sure that the holiday table has a seat for everyone."

Featured Image Credit: Hallmark Channel

Topics: Christmas, LGBTQ, TV and Film

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