Behind the Scenes of Grey's Anatomy's Lesbian Romance

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This spring, Grey's Anatomy introduced a lesbian story line with a romance between the confident, sexually voracious Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez) and the professionally ambitious yet personally restrained Erica Hahn (Brooke Smith).

The plot line, culminating in the season finale, "Freedom," offered both the drama Grey's Anatomy has become known for and a groundbreaking truthfulness network television has rarely achieved when it comes to lesbian relationships.

For Callie and Erica, the season ended with a passionate kiss...

Callie Torres and Erica Hahn Kiss

With that kiss, Callie and Erica became the only regular lesbian or bi-sexual female characters currently on network television.

This is also the first time that two regular stars on a network show have begun a lesbian romance, as opposed to one becoming involved with a new lesbian character introduced expressly for that relationship.

To prepare for the story line, which will continue next season, the Grey's Anatomy producers consulted with GLAAD, which worked with the series on a previous story line about a transgender character with breast cancer.

To read more about how the Callie-Erica story line was developed on Grey's Anatomy, and for hints at what's to come, follow the link here ...

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bet no one saw arizona coming on the show!!!! BAM


NO what is disturbing is that your so closed minded that you can't see any farther than your nose. There are children out there that are gay/lesbian and can't talk to any one cause they are in so much fear that they end up taking there life. And it is because of people like you that they die. And another thing, watching a program isn't going to make your child or any ones child gay/lesbian if they are not gay/lesbian already. I watched straight people roll all over tv having sex for years and I'm still a lesbian. Bottom line is....YOU should be monitoring what kind of programs your child is watching any way. If your so high and mighty Grey's Anatomy is not what you should be watching. Oh and one more thing back a few seasons ago there was a couple of soldiers that was gay on the show and they shared a kiss or 2. But we never heard anything about that. Cause it was guys and I guess the women thought that was HOT. The majority of negative comments on this site have come from women. There are many things of tv that I don't like. But instead of going to the sites and bitching about what I don't like about the show I don't watch it. On ER the head nurse on that show was a lesbian and they just ended that show after it running for 15 yrs. My guess is that they didn't have as many close minded people watching that show as watches Grey's.


Hi, I think this is extremely disturbing, we all want our kids to grow up and become normal and TV is no longer the answer. They're trying to implement this type of sinful relationships in many series and movies. I don't know what's the POINT of doing so, is it to corrupt the society or to get some men sexually aroused. Nevertheless this is unacceptable, and this is the reason why I stopped watching american Tv. Homosexuality is a sin and that is something that all religions of this world agree on. You're corrupting our society and our kids. You make us Love a show or a particular character of that show, but suddenly blows it off with such morbidness. To me it proves one point,women are whores who are ready to do ANYTHING for money or a Tv role...cause I haven't seen many men movie stars kiss, yet many women.


Hmmm oh it is me again. LOL!!! You know you all throw around the word Christian. Do you even have a clue what that word means? The word means, to be CHRIST like. I don't see any of you being christ like. You are hateful, filled with hate and just plain mean. So myself and oh about what 1/4 of the population of the usa is gay/lesbian. But you know what? the majority of us live right in the mist of you and you don't even see us. We don't bother you and we wish you wouldn't bother us. So we did have 2 GREAT actresses playing a part, that was somehting that was real to us. But we can't have anything like that on tv. What I really wanna know. Is what in the hell are you affraid of? You affraid that my gayness might rub off on you? After living in your hetrosexual world for 47 yrs. Your hetrosexual life style hasn't rubbed off on me. Look life is short. Quit spending so much time hating. Hating makes ya ugly. LOL!!! I tell ya something else that might help ya. Don't watch Grey's on your tv. Watch it on your computer. Then if ya see one of those scary lesians. You can fast forward right throw it:) OK???? I always try and be a helpful, little lesbian. Speaking of little lesbians. Ya wanna hear a joke? You know how gay people say that they come out of the closet? OK....If normal size gay people come out of the closet. Where does a midget lesbian come out of? The Lick-Her-Cabinet. I know, that was just wrong. LMAO!!! Lighten up...Like I said life is short.


What I don't understand is that there are people who call themselves Christians and are so against gay relationships, but they go to a church where the priests are molesting young boys and yet they still support both church and priests. What a bunch of hippos


I have been staying off this site. Cause you all pissed me off so much. You all got what ya wanted, but I see that your still bitching and complaining. Erica is gone, and Callie is trying to deal with that. You know I have been watching this show, since the 3rd season. And I have seen all kinds of bed hopping. Everyone on that show has been with almost every other person on there. Which to me is kinda sick. But it was OK cause they wasn't gay. The fact that they showed Sloan laying between Callies legs didn't bother you. But let Callie and Erica talk about there relationship and share a kiss and you all freak out and your freak out ended up getting Brooke Smith fired. Way to go!!! And I don't see anyone freaking over Callie being attracted to the dumb ass Sadie. I guess that is cause she is supposed to be cute. There was nothing more sexy than Callie and Erica together. Two strong adult women trying to figure out how they felt about each other. And FYI I read on a post at youtube that Sada Ramirez is really a lesbian. I don't know that it is the truth. But I hope it is. And I hope she finds or has found the love of her life and is happy. And to the writters: If Sada Ramirez is really leaving. I hope ya write it into the show that she is leaving to move back to NY to be with Erica. Instead of her walking to the car and POOF she is gone.


Brooke Smith leave/left the show and with that writers again supports the narrow-minded!! I read hate, God and bible here. I don't think God approves fight, murder, war. He has laws! Are you so hateful about that kind of series/movies, too? A homosexual relationship is the same as a heterosexual one -- love, friendship, respect!
Some of you misinterpreted God's words or made your own version!! Brenda
(lesbian Grey's Anatomy fan from the Netherlands)


It should be shown its tv and it happens in real life. I thinks its ironic how religious people dont want to watch gays have a relationship on the show. But they can watch all the others get it on and what now.


Guess what....I will watch and still right as
a consumer. I also will defend my God as that is exactly
what you are at war with and you know it. Yes God is loving
and he loves everyone, but he is our Father and has laws.
Like an earthly Father you may not like his laws but they
are put there for a reason, there are consequences when we
don't follow them. So I will never be shamed to believe as
you do...what feels good do it. You are fighting a mighty the end he will be victorious.


My Grey watching days are over. Gross. When are we going to see two dudes going to town on each other?


Grey's Anatomy Quotes

Did you say it? 'I love you. I don't ever want to live without you. You changed my life.' Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it, but every now and then, look around; Drink it in 'cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow."

Meredith (closing voiceover)

There's a reason I said I'd be happy alone. It wasn't 'cause I thought I'd be happy alone. It was because I thought if I loved someone and then it fell apart, I might not make it. It's easier to be alone, because what if you learn that you need love and you don't have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if you shape your life around it and then it falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage. It's like dying. The only difference is death ends. This? It could go on forever.