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This New Hallmark Movie Is Redefining Holiday Romance With LGBTQ+ Representation

Hallmark Premieres Very First LGBTQIA+ Film With 'The Christmas House' | Celebrity Page

'The Christmas House' is coming to Hallmark!

This upcoming Christmas, the Hallmark channel is making the yuletide gay! The Christmas House is an all new holiday movie premiering this Sunday.

A History-Making Move On Hallmark 🏳️‍🌈

The Christmas House tells the story of a family home for the holidays but in a fully decorated, somewhat non-traditionally decked out way. What is also non-traditional, is that the movie will be Hallmark's first ever holiday film to feature and LGBTQ+ storyline.

The movie stars Robert Buckley, Jonathan Bennett, and Treat Williams to name a few. We spoke with the three actors about what it means to be a part of the groundbreaking story.

Robert Buckley came up with idea for the film based on his own life and pitched it to Hallmark to include an LGBTQ+ storyline.

"You know what, it was coming at a time- it just, to me, was kind of absurd that it hadn't happened yet. And, it felt like if I was gonna get an opportunity to tell a story then I'm gonna pain with all the colors."

He went on to explain how important representation is:

"As a straight, white male there is plenty of me on every show. I've never watched something and been like, "huh, where do I fit in?" or "I don't see myself in this." And it kind of wasn't until realizing that like- wow, there are so many people out there who can't see themselves in something. And that is ridiculous."

Jonathan Bennett plays Buckley's gay brother who brings home his significant other for the holidays. To Bennet, being a part of the movie is something his younger self wouldn't believe:

"You know it feels so good to be a part of this movie. And, I can only imagine what younger me would've thought in Ohio, watching Christmas movies with his parents, and seeing a storyline that looks like me on screen."

Even Treat Williams who plays the father is excited for this long overdue milestone in television movies:

"I was just so proud to work with Jonathan and to be one of the guys that got to be a part of the humble beginnings of Hallmark being inclusive."

The Christmas House premieres November 22nd on Hallmark.

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Quintin Walker

QuintinWalker is a senior journalism student at the Walter Cronkite School in Phoenix, AZ.

QuintinWalker is a senior journalism student at the Walter Cronkite School in Phoenix, AZ.