As anyone can attest, representation of any kind is important in the media that we consume. With the makeup of our population being so diverse, between ethnicities, skin colors, genders, and sexualities, the characters and stories we see on screen and in books should represent that as well. While there’s still a ton of work to be done for proper visibility for so many minorities, one that has a bit of an awakening is proper LGBTQ+ representation in films and television. With a thought that began with Red, White & Royal Blue, host Brian Kitson wished to look back at the past representation of Queer representation and the current landscape for this long-looked-over and misrepresented group.
Join Brian Kitson, along with Izzy Friedman and Uday Kataria as they explore some important landmarks in Queer representation in television and films. Listen as they share their oldest memories with a queer character and how new media feels like a step in the right direction for proper LGBTQ+ visibility. These three deep dive into a few new projects, such as Heartstoppers, Interview With The Vampire, Killing Eve, and so much more, as they explore the impact these films and shows have on the population as a whole and individually for each one of them.
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Ep. 40 Timestamps: LGBTQ+ Representation in Media Discussion
00:18 – Intros
01:23 – The group discusses their earliest memories of Queer content on TV or film
07:10 – Looking back, what were some good models for representation that you remember growing up?
13:53 – Pretty Little Liars discussion
21:08- Queer baiting in media
23:25 – Killing Eve discussion
27:26 – Representation in the Arrowverse (Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl)
32:00 – Handling of homophobia, and transphobia in movies and television
37:05 – Recent shows. Red White & Royal Blue, and Heartstopper discussion
42:17 – Gay vampires: Interview with The Vampire and What We Do in the Shadows discussion
44:00 – Good Omens seasons 1 and 2 (spoiler!)
47:00 – Further Interview with The Vampire talk (book, film, and show comparisons)
52:24 – Red, White, & Royal Blue tropes and representation, and execution of these.
01:04:10 – What are we looking for in the future as far as LGBTQ+ representation?
01:11:46 – Representation in animation
01:14:53 – Talking about representation in Marvel films and shows
01:17:17 – Outros
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Podcast credits and show notes
- Brian Kitson
- Izzy Friedman
- Uday Kataria
- Lizzie Hill
Recorded on 09/02/2023
Superhero theme by HumanoideVFX on Pixabay.