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PopStuff Show Notes: Episode 121: How to Build a Gay Character for TV

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The cast of “Modern Family” (Dan MacMedan/Getty Images)

After our “How to Build a Southerner” episode, we got lots of requests to talk about other cultures and how they are portrayed on TV. Today we get into another — the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community. What we talked about isn’t an exhaustive list of gay characters on TV (there are far to many for that to work), but a look at trends in gay characters and how they’re portrayed — and how straight characters relate to them.

My research:

  • Brown, Michael J. and Groscup, Jennifer L. “Homophobia and Acceptance of Stereotypes About Gays and Lesbians.” Individual Differences Research. Vol. 7, No. 3, 2009.
  • Carnaghi, Andrea and Vincent Y. Yzerbyt. “Subtyping and social consensus: The role of the audience in the maintenance of stereotypic beliefs.” European Journal of Social Psychology. Vol. 37, 2007.
  • Chung, Sheng Kuan. “Media Literacy Art Education: Deconstructing Lesbian and Gay Stereotypes in the Media.” Jade. Vol. 26, no. 1. 2007.
  • Hubert, Susan J. “What’s Wrong with this Picture? The Politics of Ellen’s Coming Out Party.”  Journal of Popular Culture. Vol. 33, Issue 2. 1999.
  • Piontek, Thomas. “Tears for Queers: Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain, Hollywood, and American Attitudes toward Homosexuality.” The Journal of American Culture, 35:2.
  • Quimby, Karin. “Will & Grace: Negotiating (Gay) Marriage on Prime-Time Television. The Journal of Popular Culture, Vol. 38, No. 4, 2005

Holly’s research:

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