Time for a gay Peppa Pig? Norman Lamb calls for more same-sex couples on children’s TV

Norman Lamb at The Forum in Norwich to launch his Lib Dem leadership bid. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Norman Lamb at The Forum in Norwich to launch his Lib Dem leadership bid. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

Prospective Liberal Democrat leader Norman Lamb is calling for children's TV to feature more same-sex couples.

Mr Lamb, MP for North Norfolk, said the lack of LGBT characters on children's TV was down to bigotry.

He made his comments in an interview with Pink News, a paper aimed at gay readers.

Mr Lamb said: 'It is deemed inappropriate to show same-sex couples on children's television – in a manner not dissimilar from the treatment of mixed-race couples a generation ago.

'Our broadcasters must realise that sexuality is not, fundamentally, about who you want to have sex with – but who you are, and who you love.'


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Asked whether this means he'd like to see gay characters in shows like Peppa Pig, he said: 'If you impose arbitrary limits, you're saying that actually at heart, it's not equatable.

'It should absolutely not be out of bounds, which it appears to be at the moment.'

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