June 10, 2013

A few facts, ladies and gents: fish don’t fry in the kitchen, beans don’t burn on the grill, and gays who aren't White and upwardly mobile tend to get treated like a tiny, burnt piece of chicken on television. For years now many have complained about the often-linear depiction of gays on the small screen: Well-to-do White men playing largely into a heteronormative narrative. The issue isn’t just a matter of inclusion, though. It’s about perpetuating a fallacy about the kind of lives gays lead in this country. While there is certainly a segment of the population that are top earners with lots of disposable income – ergo, why they tend to be the most vocal of the bunch – the fact is most gays are working with far meager means. There’s a new report from the Williams Institute that confirms this, noting that members of the LGBT community are more likely than their straight peers to live in poverty. Worse, Blacks, women, and children are especially vulnerable to economic strife.