Gays On TV: Breakthrough or Backwards?

The recent explosion of gay-themed programming on American TV has been well-chronicled, but not everyone in the gay community is happy about it. While media visibility is certainly something gays have long sought, shows like Bravo’s much-hyped Queer Eye For The Straight Guy are little more than stereotype-laden “gay minstrel shows,” according to Christopher Kelly. “Nearly a decade after television’s representations of gay life finally started moving in provocative directions – on shows like L.A. Law, thirtysomething and Roseanne – we are back at square one. Or square zero. There are now virtually no complex, gay people on television, and the future looks none too promising.”