I'm so excited for the first season of Looking, HBO's new series about gay pals in San Francisco, that I've decided to help the writers out. I'm offering some tips on gay dialogue -- namely, how not to write it.
In your recent speech at the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center you said, "We need to create an atmosphere that encourages people to speak up, so we get this right." This letter is me speaking up, with the hope that we can get this right.
The gay story this Oscar season is the lack of gay stories. The Academy didn't nominate a single actor who had played an LGBT character this past year in any of the four acting categories -- a rare occurrence in the past decade, happening only in 2008.
When my 7-year-old son announced to us that he is gay, the last thing I thought about was television. But as he has continued to hold firm to this identity, I have become aware of the lack of gay characters in the television shows and movies he likes to watch.
When our LGBT youth watch television and movies, we want them to see characters they would be proud of, not tragic figures who are surrounded by negative circumstances. They deserve to see normal, everyday characters who happen to be gay.
It seemed only natural that a show about the theater community should feature mostly characters. But does the fact that our gay characters aren't first and foremost "gay" make Submissions Only a unique voice in the world of scripted series?
America is ready for more than just gay best friends, gay assistants, gay relatives and gay hairstylists. It's time for a world where we're more than todays' version of Carla on Cheers, but the Sams and the Dianes, or even the Rebeccas.