Television Homosexuality

Television Homosexuality began to be on television much later than in film. Some local television talk shows United States addressed the issue inviting teams of experts (usually none of them were homosexual) to discuss the problems of gay men in society. Rarely mentioned lesbianism. The first time he portrayed a lesbian in a TV series was in the psychiatric drama The Eleventh Hour NBC to the top 60. In the episode an actress feel persecuted by the director and anguish takes to go to a psychiatrist, who explains that he has repressed lesbian feelings that make you feel guilty.But after treatment to make it clear that it can be geared toward heterosexual relations. The invisibility of lesbians continue during the 70s when the subject of homosexuality began to be represented in the series, first in medical dramas (The bold ones, Marcus Welby, MD, Medical Center), where patients usually shows gays who confess to the doctors or nurse. This allowed clinically homosexuality be discussed: the character used to guide the troubled gay characters, or the antagonists corrected homophobic, while comparing homosexuality with psychosis, professional behavior or drug abuse. Another type of arguments on gay characters appearing in the 70 were police dramas. They could become victims of blackmail or homophobic violence, but most often was that they were criminals.He started at the end of the 60s on such shows as NYPD, Police Story and Police Woman, and the use of gay stories became more frequent as he grew older LGBT activism. Lesbians were included as murderous villains, inclined to crime by their desires, having internalized homophobia or fear of being exposed publicly as homosexual. An episode of Police Woman triggering protests from the National Gay Task Force before being issued for representing a lesbian trio retired killer who killed for stealing their money. Because of the protests NBC ed the episode for modification, which did not prevent a sitting in the headquarters of NBC. A mid 70 gays and lesbians began to appear as police officers and detectives, haciento address the issue of leaving the closet.In 1991 appeared a bisexual lawyer played by Amanda Donohoe in Law in Los Angeles, that would star the famous lesbian kiss first of a series of prime time, along with Michele Greene, note 19 that caused controversy in spite of being described as ” chaste “by The Hollywood Reporter. Although the TV series did not begin to have gay characters among the permanent allocation until the end of the 80s, some previous sitcoms had a character named Stephen Tropiano” gay-straight . It was a quirky minor character that does not comply with gender norms or have a personal life ambiguous, that “for all purposes should be gay” but not made explicit.These include Zelda of The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Miss Hathaway from The Beverly Hillbillies and Jo from The Facts of Life. Since the mid 80’s and 90’s situation comedies often have an episode of Out of the closet, where a friend of the main characters declares homosexual, causing the players address the issue. In Designing Women, The Golden Girls and Friends came lesbian this way. were also used lesbian characters coming out of the closet in Married with Children, Mad About You and Roseanne. In the latter the episode Do not Ask, Do not Tell raised fears among executives at ABC that the kiss between Roseanne and Mariel Hemingway could lose the audience and make them off advertisers. However this episode was the most watched of the week. By far the American sitcom with greater impact for the image of lesbians was Ellen. The publicity resulted in 1997 out of the closet of the main character in both the fiction and reality was enormous.Ellen DeGeneres appeared on the cover of Time magazine the week before therelease of “Episode of the puppy” with the headline “Yep, I’m Gay” (Yep, I’m gay). Meetings were held in many U.S. cities to see the episode, and protests from conservative organizations were intense. The screenplay won an Emmy, but when the series continued with the character of Ellen Morgan as a lesbian every week, the audience went down and the network executives were uncomfortable with the direction the program was taking and I canceled. The dramas, fantasy and science fiction occasionally feature gay themes and some lesbian as plot continued in Relativity, Picket Fences, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine.

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