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Gay Promise

This week I've written about the Gay Tragedy and the Gay Tease.

Finally, we also have the Gay Promise.  This is when the producers announce loudly and firmly that they're going to have a gay character on the show.  Real soon now!  Really!  Just watch and you'll see!  It'll be a major character, too.  We promise!

Sometimes the character shows up, but more often, the promise is quietly dropped because the producers chicken out.

SUPERGIRL actually came through on this one.  Kara's sister, a contract character, started to realize she was a lesbian and is currently exploring that with another woman.  (Though the eternally unsatisfied me must still point out that Hollywood seems more willing to show women kiss on screen than men.)

Just lately, the YOUNG JUSTICE animated show announced they would have a gay character on their recently-revived show.  As always, they haven't said who or under what circumstances.  I don't know why they don't just say who it'll be.  There'd be more publicity if they announce that Aqualad, or whoever they've chosen, is gay.

Hollywood, wake up!  You can write actual gay men and give them happy endings.  Let's get started.  Now.

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mt_yvr
Jan. 13th, 2017 05:28 pm (UTC)
What would be nice is if we would get to a point with entertainment that gay characters just appeared without needing to announce. It shouldn't need to be "a thing" worth publicity. Sure, conversations around the writing table about "does this work, is it going to give us interesting story lines, where are we going with this". Because of course any aspect of a character is there for a reason. But that's about the amount of discussion I'd love to know exists.

spiziks
Jan. 13th, 2017 10:13 pm (UTC)
It would. I think we'll get there in a couple generations. I mean, we're still announcing characters of color. An all black cast like in LUKE CAGE freaks a lot of people out and makes news.

I think right now, LGBT characters NEED to make news. LGBT people have been forced into invisibility for so long, and now that we're becoming visible, everything needs to have a big, red arrow on it. "HERE WE ARE! LOOK AT US! WE AREN'T GOING ANYWHERE!" Already we see homophobes showing up in the comments of gay-related news stories who say things like, "This isn't a story!" "No one wrote a story about me when I came out as straight." "He's gay. Who cares?" But we don't have full equality yet, so these comments are further attempts to minimize our newfound presence.

So we NEED to make our presence felt. Constantly and continuously!
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