Television diversity is growing but still lacking… slightly.

I love television. Watching TV shows is something that I enjoy doing in my free time. I find it to be a great outlet after a hard day or between classes. I can say that I’ve watched a wide variety of shows from Pretty Little Liars to Sleepy Hollow to Once Upon a Time to Prison Break. Lots of stories, lots of characters, hours of fun and “feels.”

That being said, as I watch, I take notice of the stories between the characters. More importantly, if there is an LGBT character.  It was a very long time before television became more diverse and now when you flip through a channel and check out a show you’re sure to see a white, a black, a mexican, a woman and men and children. There are some older people and TV is slowly embracing our ever changing world. However, that being said, I feel that there was a demographic that is still under represented and that is the LGBT community. Though there are a few ground breaking shows like Orange is the New Black (OITNB) and The Fosters both featuring a lesbian relationship while OITNB featuring a Transgender character portrayed by an actual transgender person, there is still a lacking.

I was in a GLAD meeting, which is the Queer group here on the UNT campus and they presented us with some television shows that feature characters are of the Queer community, it was still striking the lack of LGBT characters and it made me think that there are shows that could use a little bit of Queer love. For example, there is a lot of hype for the two lead characters to get together of my one show: Once Upon a Time. Regina Mills is the Evil Queen and Emma Swan is the Savior who was charged with breaking the Evil Queen’s curse.

Anyways, there is such chemistry between Emma and Regina, there is a tension that a lot of people can see and in the end, it would be a fitting plot twist for the Savior to save the broken Evil Queen and them to raise their son together. However, there has been a lot of backlash from the writers and the cast, that they basically don’t support this relationship. Though it hasn’t been really said, many fans have gotten the message that it’s not going to happen and here’s what I have to say about it. Having a lesbian relationship at this point can only make the show. Or, if they can’t be together then let them play off the tension. Xena Warrior Princess was very successful and it was because of the tension between Xena and her sidekick Gabrielle. The writers knew of the fanbase and played on it rather than try to break it up. Well, they did try with the usual heterosexual relationship for the lead, it never lasted very long.

The moral of this post is to embrace the Queer love. If the fans see a tension, it might not hurt to play on it. It can only increase ratings and fans of the show. The Queer community has a large following and a lot of power behind it, embrace it, don’t bash it.



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