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The Young and the Restless Might Finally Debut a Lesbian Storyline

Kristyn Burtt is an LA-based entertainment reporter who has covered everything from 'Dancing With the Stars' to the Oscars. If she’s not on the red carpet, she’s at home in yoga pants watching Netflix and eating potato chips.

Why it’s taken so long for CBS & The Young and the Restless to write an LGBTQ story again

In 2017, it’s really hard to believe that we are calling this news. The Young and the Restless has been reticent to feature a same-sex storyline for decades... until now.

The long-running show has featured Tessa (Cait Fairbanks) and Mariah (Camryn Grimes) in a meaningful friendship that seemed to have undercurrents of more possibilities. On the Aug. 3 episode, the women finally shared a kiss.

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Before we get too excited by this major move by Y&R, TVInsider.com is reporting that CBS executives are not 100 percent behind the storyline. Not only have execs refused to comment about their possible issue with a same-sex romance, but Fairbanks and Grimes are barred from talking to the press about the brewing story.

Soaps have always pushed forward first when it comes to social issues, but Y&R has been lagging behind. Currently, it is the only soap without any LGBT representation.

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In 1977, the writers tried to create a romance between Kay Chancellor and her friend Joann, but the viewers made their voices heard and the story was squashed immediately. Other gay characters have come and gone, but CBS and Y&R have not really embraced the LGBT community on the show — and it’s a shame.

Even though there is a lot of drama behind the scenes with writers Sally Sussman and Kay Alden "retiring," you would think CBS would embrace this storyline as a fresh, new direction. Instead, the network is continuing to make major missteps.

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The network has already been called out for not giving equal pay to Hawaii Five-0 actors Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park. Also, Jessica Chastain is taking the network to task for not buying any shows for the 2017-2018 TV season with female leads.

The issue clearly lies with CBS. It’s time for people to press the network to make changes. If CBS doesn't move forward, then it’s time to stop watching.

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