Queer representation in media is a hot topic in today’s world. Queer is a reclaimed term, used by members of the LGBTQ+ community, used to describe people who are not heterosexual, heteroromantic, or cisgender. For quite sometime, the word queer was used as a derogatory term and slur to refer to members of sexual minority groups and transgender individuals, but now this word is used as an umbrella term of people. My posts will focus on the impacts of queer representation, or lack thereof, on queer people using a sociological perspective. I will explore different forms of media, including theatre, music, and film, but will mostly focus on representation in television series, both on mainstream television and through streaming services. Because I am a queer individual, and because I live in North Carolina, home of the “Bathroom Bill”: House Bill 2, LGBTQ+ issues are important to me. Issues surrounding queer people impact such a large portion of our population. In fact, according to a study by the J. Walter Thompson Innovation Group less than half of teens identify as completely straight. I hope to use this platform to help educate my readers on issues surrounding queer people and the extent to which their favorite television program really helps transgender individuals and those people in sexual minority groups. I will strive to keep my information up to date with current programs but recognize that it is important to discuss older shows to show growth.
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