Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen: the Changing Images of the LGBT Community on Film and Television

From Maurice to Milk, people have been coming out of the closet and jumping onto the screen for generations. While portraying an LGBT character on film once meant career suicide, the elite of Hollywood are now clamoring to "play gay." In 2011, our lives and our families are all over the media. Considering our past and present - what does the next frontier hold for our portrayal on the silver screen? In this panel, we will dissect the past, present and future of LGBT characters, actors and how we are portrayed on celluloid. Moderated by Metro Weekly's Chris Geidner. Scheduled Panelists:* Brad Bell, new media star and the writer & actor in the new web series "Husbands" Michelle Clunie, actress in Queer as Folk and Make It or Break It Ronnie Kroell, participant on Bravo's Make me a Supermodel Bob Mondello, National Public Radio's Arts Critic Stephen Forssell, GWU faculty Sara Snyder, filmmaker *panelists are subject to change without notice