Chris Manheim created the character of Miss Artiphys in honor of her brother. And she also wrote in the kiss as a sneaky way of having a kiss between two women in the show.
Miss Artiphys was portrayed by Karen Dior. Who was transgender. Who also had HIV. She passed away in 2004.
According to reports, it was Lucy who pushed for Dior to be cast in the role. And she also urged the show’s makers not to edit out the kiss. Which they were planning to do. She wanted to show people that it was ok to kiss someone who had HIV or AIDS.
I personally love this episode because of it’s cheese factor. Everyone was just hamming it up and had a fun time with it. But this background info makes me like it just a little bit more.