Rainbow flag in the wind


June is Pride Month, a month to celebrate diversity, promote equality, and acknowledge the rich and tumultuous history behind the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community. LGBTQ representation in the media can be controversial if it enforces stereotypes; however, positive representations of LGBTQ individuals can provide youth with role models and can encourage acceptance in society as a whole. Follow the links below to read a few of the related citations in our Database of Research.

Visibility that demystifies: gays, gender, and sex on television

  • Television shows with gay characters have the opportunity to provide gay youth with role models.

Remembering gay/lesbian media characters: Can Ellen and Will improve attitudes toward homosexuals?

  • The nature of the gay or lesbian media portrayal (positive or negative) has the potential to directly impact a young adult’s perception of gay and lesbian individuals.

Can one TV show make a difference? Will & Grace and the parasocial contact hypothesis

  • Watching the television show WIll & Grace may lead young adults to have less prejudices against gay men.


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