Television has moved on leaps and bounds, especially in providing a fair representation of LGBTQ to heterosexual characters. However, it’s also important to reflect and look back to see how far audiences have come to determine how far there is to travel.
Often television aims to replicate society views and movements. It shows what individuals wanted and did not want to see on screen on that time. Audiences are regularly given information, five to ten years after a programme is shown, that explain the level in which viewing figures and audience opinion affected progression.
In fact, leading charity GLAAD, produces a report once a year examining the level and progression of LGBTQ content, particularly on US television. It provides a sense of hope that one day, a report as such will no longer be needed.
It’s about putting gay characters centre-stage, not in a ‘let’s be representative’ way, but because I thought there were stories that hadn’t been told. – Russell T. Davies
Take a trip through the last 45 years of key television landmarks that each individually shaped the perception of the LGBTQ community.
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