Reminder that three major networks have gay couples as main characters in their shows. (Awesome!)
- NBC - The New Normal: Bryan and David
- FOX - Glee: Kurt and Blaine
- ABC - Modern Family: Cameron and Mitchell
Reminder that these portrayals of homosexuality are only acceptable in the context of heteronormative standards.
- White men, in which there is always the dichotomous relationship between feminine/masculine. Relationships can only be understood in the context of which one is the “boy” and which one is the “girl”. Ignoring the fact that in a male/male relationship there in no girl. The more effeminate male is desexualized to the point where his masculinity and sexuality is a joke. (Though I do have some thoughts on Chris Colfer’s character on Glee because I feel that he has, to some extent, defied that desexualized feminine male trope that was intended for him. I could also discuss how fandom and fanfiction takes that and flips it on it’s head. But this paragraph is already too long)
- Married or engaged or even discussion of intent to marry in the future.
*I’m leaving out lesbian couples on purpose because lesbian relationships are addressed differently and have their own unique tropes.
“…it’s going to become the kind of Sidney Poitier of the 60’s. In other words, there is going to become a completely cultivated homogenized version of gayness that will be welcomed in every American living room. But will also kind of obscure the real conflicts and the deeper resentments and persistent bigotry that would exist outside.”
Todd Haynes on Gay Representation in Mainstream Media - Great Directors (2009)