Homosexuality in the Media...

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    Mar 23, 2010 5:33 AM GMT
    I'm writing a research paper about how homosexuals are negatively portrayed by the media. input anyone?

    I personally feel almost embarrassed at what I see on television/the internet sometimes. With absolutely NO offense to more-feminine gays (or more masculine lesbians, etc), the media depicts NEARLY ALL gay men as flamboyant hairstylists who leave trails of glitter everywhere they walk. Though I understand we are just another victim of stereotyping - a stereotype that we often feed, at that - I feel excluded as a masculine, all-american type guy.

    I'm not trying to stir anything up, but writing this paper made me curious to see if others agree with my viewpoints.

    Peace to everyone!
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    Mar 23, 2010 5:41 AM GMT
    I don't feel it's almost embarrassing.



    There, I said it. icon_redface.gif
  • mcwclewis

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    Mar 23, 2010 6:33 AM GMT
    I wrote a paper on that last year. There are a ton of resources you can find on the net, but finding scholarly articles and things like that might be a bit more difficult, and I imagine you'll need something like that. Try checking your campus library databases
  • Aus92

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    Mar 23, 2010 9:35 AM GMT
    Maybe how you can add how in horror movies the gay guy ALWAYS dies... (bar one movie that ive seen [Cursed])
  • tennsjock

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    Mar 23, 2010 11:21 AM GMT
    The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) usually publishes a report once a year about coverage of LGBT folk in the news, but also in all other media, including tv shows, public radio, commercials, etc. Go to www.glaad.org - it's a busy website, but I'm sure it's there. Tracking representation of the LGBT community is their main purpose.

    Also, I recommend against use of the word "homosexual." My reason is simple - used to lobby state legislators in Texas for passage of various pro-LGBT bills. Most state legislators are old white men who are very uptight, and the word "homosexual" places too much emphasis on sex and generates a negative visceral reaction -- not something you want when you're trying to defeat anti-gay adoption and foster care legislation. GLAAD publishes a media reference guide "to provide journalists with the information necessary to report on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in a fair, accurate and inclusive manner." Here's what they say:
    Please use"'lesbian" or "gay man" to describe people attracted to members of the same sex. Because of the clinical history of the word "homosexual," it has been adopted by anti-gay extremists to suggest that lesbians and gay men are somehow diseased or psychologically/emotionally disordered -- notions discredited by both the American Psychological Association and the American Psychiatric Association in the 1970s. Please avoid using "homosexual" except in direct quotes....

    Hope that helps -- good luck!
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    Mar 23, 2010 12:11 PM GMT
    GLAAD can be a good resource for this. I would also urge you to review the current representation because, frankly, it's gotten much more diverse. Here are some gay characters that are not "trailing glitter behind themselves."

    Captain Jack on Torchwood
    Ianto on Torchwood
    Kevin on Brothers & Sisters
    Marshall on United States of Tara
    Bob on Desperate Housewives
    Andrew on Desperate Housewives

    There are others.
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    Mar 23, 2010 6:56 PM GMT
    Christian73 saidGLAAD can be a good resource for this. I would also urge you to review the current representation because, frankly, it's gotten much more diverse. Here are some gay characters that are not "trailing glitter behind themselves."

    Captain Jack on Torchwood
    Ianto on Torchwood
    Kevin on Brothers & Sisters
    Marshall on United States of Tara
    Bob on Desperate Housewives
    Andrew on Desperate Housewives

    There are others.


    Callie and Arizona on Grey's Anatomy has got to be one of the best representations of Gays and Lesbians I have ever seen on TV...probably my favorite couple on the show right now.
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    Mar 23, 2010 10:23 PM GMT
    Adam and Noah on As the World Turns, and varous other gay soap characters.. Not a big soap watcher, but I think few of these fit the flamer categorization.
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    Mar 24, 2010 4:55 AM GMT
    What about all those preachers on the religious channels? Most of them are closet cases.