Some of the most LGBT positive moments on Spanish language media are happening on daytime TV. Recently on Univision's popular "Casos de Familia" host Tere Marin made a call for marriage equality. Family members come to talk about disagreements in front of a studio audience. In this particular case a woman comes to ask her deceased partner's sister to respect her rights to their shared income.
The case is complicated with other issues, but as Marin wraps up the segment, she says "let's pass marriage equality" because otherwise what we have left are people in pain arguing over inheritances and benefits. She then says that each partner should write a clear will that states their wishes and urges everyone whether gay or straight to do so.
You can watch the clip with Marin wrapping up here.
The same day Doctora Ana Maria Polo on her show, Telemundo's "Caso Cerrado" talked about LGBT couples having children. She asked one of the experts on her show to explain to the audience how in vitro fertilization processes work. "Caso Cerrado" allows participants to present grievances, and Polo has often covered LGBT topics. She always makes sex positive and LGBT positive statements during the segments. She brings on expert pyschologists, lawyers, law enforcement officials and others that can speak about different aspects of the case and then she makes the final judgement.
You can watch the clip from "Caso Cerrado" here.
Finally, the following day "¿Quien Tiene la Razon?" on Univision also presented a story about LGBT issues. This program also allows participants to present a grievance. Three panelists, one of whom is an out gay man, award points to the person they think is right and the audience votes to award their points. The best part of this particular show was when one of the panelist gave an LGBT inclusive explanation of human sexuality.
You can watch the clip from "¿Quien Tiene la Razon?" here.
These popular shows have a large reach. Although it can be challenging in these formats to present nuanced views of LGBT people and the episodes are not perfect in this regard, these three moments prove that it is possible to approach telling truths in reality programming.