LGBT characters finally 3-D

A recent GLAAD study found that there are more gay, lesbian and bisexual characters portrayed on television today than ever before, meaning eyes are finally opening in TV land.

As a society, our entertainment has always been seen as a reflection of ourselves: accentuating our deepest dreams and biggest fears all in the name of relatability. It made little sense, then, that over the last few years gay and lesbian characters had such little presence on hit television shows, and even when they did, their roles were one-dimensional.

Whether big network executives are finally accepting a changing culture or turnover is finally installing more culturally sensitive execs—and let’s be honest, it’s probably the latter—gay and lesbian characters have finally moved beyond the point of “This character is gay and that’s all he is.”

At least in certain parts of American culture, gay and lesbian people have finally been received and assimilated into our societal fabric, meaning more and more people are coming to terms with the idea that sexual orientation does not determine character in the slightest. If you need proof of that, look no further than the Supreme Court’s recent repeal of anti-gay marriage legislation, making gay marriage legal in 30 whole states. Gay and lesbian people are no longer regarded as “weird” or “alien,” and that identity is translating to our television screens.

Take Fox’s newest sitcom, “Mulaney.” In a cast anchored by comedian John Mulaney and Martin Short, the show also includes Elliott Gould playing Oscar, a flamboyantly gay character who is lovable, quirky, and an important ingredient in the “Mulaney” recipe. It is Oscar who ultimately sets the show’s main character on the right path with his sage advice, making Oscar the Mr. Feeny to Mulaney’s Cory Matthews.

Of course, the aforementioned GLAAD study only speaks to the prevalence of gay and lesbian characters, admitting that transgender characters are still portrayed as one-dimensional anomalies, if at all. But watch any TV from the 1990s or early 2000s and you will see that gay and lesbian characters were cast in the exact same place, and know that as cultural sensitivity shifts, trans characters, too, will be with everyone else: at the top of television.

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