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  •  Well, another part of it (6+ / 0-)

    is breaking away from the "tragic queer" trope that was the only allowable portrayal of LGBT people in the media for decades.

    Up until quite recently, if you wanted to have a gay major character, they pretty much either had to have AIDS or die by the end of the show. You simply couldn't show a happy, well-adjusted gay person living a relatively normal (TV-normal) life. Not until at least the late '90s. Even then, Will on Will and Grace was - while groundbreaking - still painted in shades of tragic.

    So part of it is a backlash effect. The rest is everything you said.

    "Let’s just move on, treat everybody with firmness, fairness, dignity, compassion and respect. Let’s be Marines." - Sgt. Maj Michael Barrett on DADT repeal

    by kyril on Mon Jun 10, 2013 at 04:53:17 PM PDT

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    •  Ah yes, Will & Grace... (7+ / 0-)

      What I found fascinating about that series was Max Mutchnick's admission that the reason he never wrote in a permanent boyfriend for Will is because his own love life was so absolutely miserable.  He flat-out stated that as a writer he couldn't write a convincing romantic arc for Will because his own experiences with dating and romance were a disaster.

      It is more than a bit disturbing to think that a rich, famous Hollywood writer had such a horrible time finding dates and/or a semi-decent boyfriend. Of course, a few years later after the show was off the air, Mutchnick found love and was singing a different tune.

      So maybe there is hope for the rest of us after all... :)

    •  That's why I liked (1+ / 0-)
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      The Wire. The two main gay characters, Omar Little and Kima Greggs are very much part of their respective worlds. I am not gay, and am certainly not wealthy, so the gay people I know are closer to Kima than they are to the stereotypes presented in most TV shows.  

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      by northsylvania on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 05:52:02 AM PDT

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