USA Today Celebrates TV's 'Open Arms' for Gay Characters
And while feting the lesbian film “The Kids are All Right” and a dozen different shows for including gay themes and storylines and/or actors, Puente only managed to squeeze in a couple of small quotes from pro-family advocates who weren't as excited about the trend as she.
It's ironic that an article celebrating the new normality of “gay friendly entertainment” would show the extent to which gay characters and storylines are now being over-represented on TV. Estimates vary, but somewhere around 4 percent of the
The article quotes a parade of actors and activists who cheerfully explain, in the words of David Hauslaib, founder of something called Queerty, "It's a new era where (being a gay family) is no longer a significant part of the story."
Except that it is. “Jarrett Barrios, president of GLAAD, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, says it's no accident that positive depictions of gay families are increasing,” wrote Puentes. Barrios said gay plots “are interesting, they're edgy, they make for good entertainment.”
Speaking of edgy, the wonderful new world of entertainment doesn't stop at something as mundane as simple homosexuality: “'I really do think every year it gets a little bit better,' says Candis Cayne, a transgendered actress who has appeared in ABC's now-canceled Dirty Sexy Money and Lifetime's hit Drop Dead Diva in transgendered roles.”
“Better” is a matter of perspective and Puente actually got a differing perspective on