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The Queering of the Media: How TV and Film Shape and are Shaped by Society.
“Hollywood, that great maker of myths, taught straight people what to think about gay people…and gay people what to think about themselves” -Vito Russo
Media is a mirror of societies cultural values and institutions , having the power to change our understanding of the world . Portrayals of different groups and identities in television and film decrease the fear and hate within society that arises from ignorance . The idea of accurate representations in the media, thus, is important for any minority group, impacting on how the group is perceived and accepted by society. In this article I will follow how the changing portrayals of Gay, Lesbian and Queer (GLQ) people are paralleled by changes in society, demonstrating clearly the importance of visibility to minority groups. I will, further, show that while visibility has increased drastically from the beginning of the 20th century, media portrayals of GLQ people remain narrow, not accurately reflecting the diversity of society today.
Television and fi…