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“Good Witch” Finale Casts Spell With Hallmark Series’ First LGBTQ Kiss

"If you’re not making history, you’re not doing it right," said series star Kyana Teresa.

Goodies, rise up!

This past weekend, the Hallmark Channel’s Good Witch conjured up one last piece of Merriwick magic on the epic series finale, and made television history.

Over the course of the final season, fans have been shipping two characters, Joy (Wynonna Earp’s Kat Barrell) and Zoey (Shadowhunters’ Kyana Teresa), lovingly called #Joey. On Sunday (July 25), the two finally locked lips, and they became the first LGBTQ couple to kiss in a Hallmark Channel series.

“If you’re not making history, you’re not doing it right. Thank you to everyone who helped this story become a reality and to everyone who rallied for it until the very end and beyond. It means more to me than you’ll ever know,” Teresa wrote on Instagram after the episode aired.

Last year, the cable net’s original holiday movie, The Christmas House, featured the channel’s first LGBTQ kiss between two men, but Good Witch’s is a first for a Hallmark original series.

“Diversity and inclusion is a top priority for us and we look forward to making some exciting programming announcements in the coming months, including announcements about projects featuring LGBTQ storylines, characters, and actors,” George Zaralidis, vice president of network program publicity at Crown Media Family Networks, Hallmark’s parent company, said last year. “We are committed to creating a Hallmark experience where everyone feels welcome.”

Hopefully we will see more queer couples featured in Hallmark’s upcoming slate of holiday movies for 2021.

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