While the written word has been around so much longer, the audio-visual arts have burst forth to offer a unique and very popular manner of storytelling, but one thing that becomes difficult for a visual medium: portrayal of sexuality.
Contrary to what you might assume, I spent eleven months working as a Sports Writer for the Winona Daily News.
Picture in your head if you will, a lesbian woman. Now picture a gay man. What do you see? Now, as much as I'd like to think that I've eliminated any subconscious bias or conditioned stereotypes from my mind, much like many others, my initial image tends to be very stereotypical: the effeminate gay man, and the butch lesbian.
Dear people who use the phrase “Gay Best Friend,”
If you've heard it once you've heard it a thousand times: representation matters. I've read blogs, articles, essays, even sociological studies about it, but it hadn't clicked with me on a deeper level.