The success of Netflix’s original series Orange is the New Black says something about our culture’s readiness for complex, sexually diverse female characters.
Bob’s Burgers’ Tina Belcher is arguably the program’s breakout character and has the potential to be one of American broadcast television’s most subversive girl characters.
Just as Chris Colfer provides a model for queer kids who have not yet been represented, so Darren Criss provides an equally significant alternative model for queer straightness.
The popularity of Glee, and, in particular, these two singers, has made me think that American culture may finally be starting to break with the gender norms of male singing performance that have persisted for the last 80 years.
CBS’s The Good Wife doesn’t shy away from the challenges its protagonist faces in negotiating her adult life, something more than we tend to expect to see on television, where story lines often trade in emotionally false dichotomies.
In GLAAD’s recent report they mention that the total number of LGBT characters on television actually decreased this year. In part this was a result of the cancellation of the L-Word, the majority of whose character’s were LGBT. However, I…