Queer Media: What is it? And why does it matter?

What is Queer Media?

Queer media is the representation of queer identities in film, television and the news. Although the media has made strides in the way it positively portrays queer individuals, it still has a long way to go. Sarah Kate Ellis, Glaad chief executive and president, says, “Media coverage of LGBTQ people has become increasingly multi-dimensional, reflecting both the diversity of the community and the growing visibility of LGBTQ people’s families and relationships.”

Why does Queer Media matter?

An accurate representation of queer identities is essential for the LGBTQ+ community. If queer individuals are perpetually misunderstood and misrepresented in the media, then they are going to continue to be alienated in everyday life. Jacob Took, from the Johns Hopkins News-Letter says, “Inaccurate queer representation like the kind found in many current shows also distances straight consumers from engaging with and understanding queer identities. This further impedes the integration of queer people into our heteronormative culture.”

As Took states, queer depiction in the media needs to be representative of human emotion. Too often queer characters on television are portrayed as stereotypical. The LGBTQ+ community needs people to know that their identities are just as complex as a heteronormative identity.

Accurate queer portrayal in the media is essential to our cause at Fairy Tales Presentation Society. Our film festivals aim to inform, enlighten, and entertain the public about the lives of LGBTQ+ individuals.

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