McTucky Fried High is a new animated web series brought to you by illustrator, filmmaker and activist Robert Carnilius. It aims to explore issues surrounding lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer teens through a comedic channel.
In an interview with The Huffington Post, Carnilius said it’s a show that everyone can watch but is specifically targeting young adults who identify themselves as LGBTQ.
“It really hurts and troubles me to see homeless LGBTQ youth and teens driven to suicide by their parents, religion and societal pressures,” he said. “I was a suicidal and depressed gay teen and I remember having to sneak and watch the two shows that had a token gay character and/or storyline.”
The first episode, featured above, debuted on Jan. 26. The series is set for five episodes that will be released on a bi-monthly basis. In addition to LGBTQ issues, it will discuss topics such as coming out, dieting, bullying, sexting and being genderqueer.
Carnilius believes that the project will not only be important to raise further awareness for the LGBTQ community but also a medium for parents and teachers to better understand the issues that their children and students confront.
“I hope the series will be another tool towards inclusivity and healthy representation for the LGBTQ community,” he said. “I also hope they are inspired to be ever-active in the fight for equality and justice.”
[h/t Huffington Post]