Television

The small screen. Talk shows, reality TV, sitcoms, soaps, prime-time drama, early-morning news, animation, etc.

Did TV change America’s mind on marriage equality?

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.

SALON
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April 1, 2013

"Chicago Fire" asks Twitter fans if Shay should Sleep with Her Male Co-worker

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.

AfterEllen
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April 1, 2013

What Classic Sitcoms Taught Us About Equality

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.

The Daily Beast
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March 28, 2013

The New Normal Takes on Boy Scouts Controversy and Star Justin Bartha Speaks Out Against the Ban

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.

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