Blogs by Matt Kane, Director of Entertainment Media at GLAAD
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As the video game medium continues to mature and diversify, so too has it become an increasingly progressive and LGBT-inclusive one with a growing influence on culture and increasingly mainstream audience. 2012 turned out to be quite an interesting year in regards to LGBT representation and video games, from the communities that exist around them, to the companies that produce them, and into games themselves.
Following outreach from GLAAD and outrage from LGBT community members, press, and allies on blogs and social media, James Gunn has released a statement of apology regarding a blog post from February of 2011, in which the Guardians of the Galaxy director made anti-gay and sexist comments about characters on a list called “The 50 Superheroes You Most Want to Have Sex With.”
GLAAD's new study of transgender images on television in the past ten years revealed that nearly half of all catalogued episodes contained negative messages and stereotypes. Additionally, transgender characters were cast as victims or villains more often than not, while anti-trans language found to be present in at least half of all episodes.
For the very first time, every top cable news network is taking part in Spirit Day able news networks CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and HLN are participating in Spirit Day today, with anchors on all four networks donning purple to take a stand against bullying and support LGBT youth. Plus, business news leader CNBC has had anchors in purple throughout dayparts for the third year in a row!
Tonight, Bravo's Watch What Happens Live took part in Spirit Day when host Andy Cohen donned a purple tie/shirt combo and Clubhouse guest Lisa Hochstein from The Real Housewives of Miami and singer-actress Brandy Norwood wore purple ribbons to take a stand against bullying and to show support for LGBT youth.