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Is TV Hurting the Gay Community


A recent Newsweek article asks if the recent plethora of stereotypical gay characters on television is actually hurting the LGBT populace more than helping.

"If we accept that Will [& Grace], Dawson's [Creek], and the rest once fostered acceptance, it's fair to ask if Glee may be hurting it," asks reporter Ramin Setoodeh.

Setoodeh does not stop with Glee. He wonders if gay characters on Ugly Betty, Entourage, Modern Family, True Blood and contestants on Project Runway and American Idol are relying on tired stereotypes that stifle tolerance.

The article asserts that focusing on difference breeds separatism. Setoodeh argues that such characters who embody cliches of gay identity are undermining the idea that one can be gay without being defined by one's sexuality.

To read the full article click here.

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