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A Time for Celebration and Concern: Television’s Current Depiction of the LGBTQ Community

Note: This is actually, by all means, an academic contextual analysis I recently wrote. I’m keeping it the way it was when I submitted it because I feel the direct quotes and work cited are valuable for exploring the representation at hand. Nevertheless, after completing it, I wanted to share it in some capacity. Hope you enjoy –  Dan Minority depiction and representation within media has always been a contested conversation for multiple reasons. Most importantly the general rule when it comes to representation is people want to be able to see themselves depicted within media and foremost in a positive and explorative aspect. Whether it be the depiction of race, gender, or sexuality, there is a need for global representation of all minorities and tolerance of such perceived differences. The portrayal of the LGBTQ community is just one subgroup to be represented across a spectrum of different opinions and perceptions. Historically speaking, the LGBTQ community has been presented negatively in media. Nevertheless, by the turn of the 1990s, depiction of the community has grown …

‘Looking’ for Renewal: Why HBO Should Renew the Only Prominently Gay Show on Television

As one of the most cinematically gorgeous shows on television, featuring some of the greatest naturalistic dialogue and unfiltered depictions of sexuality, HBO’s Looking is only missing one thing. The gay-themed, San Francisco-set drama that just finished its second season has yet to be renewed by HBO. While the creators are cautiously optimistic about their renewal, HBO has yet to release a statement. Although, the show may not be embraced by everyone, nor does it show everyone’s experience with being gay, Looking is for someone. Improving from its first season, by bringing in more characters from a diverse background and covering topics such as HIV, Truvada, enemas, and open relationships, creator Michael Lannan and Producer Andrew Haigh are able to present characters who do not have to have their lines lessen to broaden their content. Haigh had formerly directed the film Weekend (2012), following a sexual relationship between two men that develops over the course of a weekend, before one man is about to leave the country; Haigh has recently become one of the most …

How Late-Night Television has become a Venue for Social Issues

Upon arriving on stage, Mike Hadreas of Perfume Genius was nervous. Not only was this Hadreas’ debut televised performance, but he would be reaching out to a wide audience unaware of who he was. Walking on stage with heels, a white power suit, a black harness around his neck, and wearing bright red lipstick, Hadreas sang “Queen”. Beginning with the line “Don’t You Know you Queen?” building up to the chorus “No family is safe/when I sashay” Perfume Genius brilliantly embraced his queerness on stage. The same song lauded by Slate last year as perhaps “the year’s best gay anthem” saw the performance just like the song to not conform to heteronormative views on what he does. Inspired by “gay panic” and his previous experiences towards feeling uncomfortable for simply existing as he is, the performance self knowingly wasn’t for everyone but it was definitely for someone. For Hadreas, the realization of how different his performance was from any others didn’t come until he was completely finished. “Yeah, it was right after I was finished, …