Society and media have a circular and cyclical relationship: As LGBT activists have pushed for equality and visibility, and political realities on the ground have shifted, media representations of gay people have both responded to those changes and also helped to nudge them along.
For some fans of Chicago Fire, Leslie Shay was their lesbian representative. She was strong and funny, kind and loyal. She was good at her job, confident in her sexuality, and looking for a woman to love her as fiercely as she loves. But now, this show has offered those viewers a version of what it means to be a lesbian that gives them license to believe the notion that a lesbian is just a woman who hasn’t found the right man.
Tonight National Geographic Channel's Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout? airs back-to-back episodes ending in the season finale. The series' low ratings prove that America will not tune in to the Boy Scouts anti-gay discrimination and is ready to see a change from the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).
Over the past decade, TV audiences met Will and Grace, cried with Kurt on Glee and were introduced to The New Normal. But long before those comedies hammered home the point that being gay is OK, a handful of progressive classic sitcoms interrupted the laughs to preach to audiences about loving thy neighbor no matter who they love.
Last night's episode of NBC's GLAAD Media Award-nominated comedy The New Normal saw former Eagle Scout David (Justin Bartha) and his fiancée Bryan (Andrew Rannells) taking on the Boy Scouts of America's ban on gay scouts and scout leaders.
ABC Family is expanding the world of Pretty Little Liars with a spinoff. Ravenswood, fromPretty Little Liars executive producer Marlene King, will premiere in October. Also on Tuesday, ABC Family greenlighted a fifth season of Pretty Little Liars just days after production on the fourth season began.
Tonight's episode of NBC's GLAAD Media Award-nominated comedy The New Normal will see former Eagle Scout David (Justin Bartha) and his fiancée Bryan (Andrew Rannells) taking on the Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) ban on gay scouts and scout leaders. Bartha did a special Ask Me Anything with Redditt today where he answered a question from GLAAD about the BSA ban.
As the United States Supreme Court begins to hear arguments in cases that will decide the future of Prop. 8 and DOMA today in Washington DC, out celebrities and allies took to Twitter to express their support for marriage equality.