LGBTQ


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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Interviewees discuss the portrayal of the LGBTQ community on television.

Highlights
Sheila Kuehl on coming out as a lesbian on The Geraldo Rivera  Show and Good Morning America
05:45
Alan Ball on the rumor that vampires are a metaphor for gay people on True Blood
01:23
Katherine Helmond on Billy Crystal's role on Soap; he was only known for standup comedy before that role, in which he played a homosexual
02:13
Ralph Senensky on directing Breaking Point and "The Bull Roarer" episode in which a young man thinks he might be gay
03:52
Susan Lucci on the coming out of "Erica Kane's" daughter storyline on All My Children
03:12
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Ray Aghayan

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Ray Aghayan on producing Consenting Adult
02:32

John Amos

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John Amos on guest-starring on Two and a Half Men
03:36

Alan Ball

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Alan Ball on the rumor that vampires are a metaphor for gay people on True Blood
01:23
Alan Ball on homosexuality on Six Feet Unde r
02:54

Paris Barclay

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Paris Barclay on being openly gay and how it has affected his career
01:57

Rona Barrett

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Rona Barrett on her large gay following
02:39
Rona Barrett on her large gay following
02:39

James Burrows

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James Burrows on why Will & Grace can get away with some of the topics it covers; on being involved with a somehwat political show
02:32
James Burrows on Standards and Practices having issues with some jokes on Will & Grace
03:18
James Burrows on how Will & Grace has been perceived in the gay community
00:34

Phil Carey

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Phil Carey on guest starring on the All in the Family episode "Judging Books by Covers" -- where he plays a homosexual character
02:27

Gilbert Cates

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Gilbert Cates on the TV movie Consenting Adult, for which he was nominated for an Emmy
02:10

Richard Chamberlain

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Richard Chamberlain on the portrayal of gay people on film and television
01:21

David Chase

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David Chase on the subject of a gay mafia member on The Sopranos and how the character of "Vito" coming out was dealt with

Hal Cooper

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Hal Cooper on directing Love, Sidney
06:28

Michael Eisner

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Michael Eisner on how Ellen DeGeneres approached him about coming out on television; and how he pushed her to define what more the Ellen  series would be about

Jerry Falwell

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Jerry Falwell on how his ministry, and by extension Old Time Gospel Hour, deals with homosexuality
05:09

Richard Frank

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Richard Frank on developing Ellen, and "Ellen" coming out
06:00

Brad Garrett

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Brad Garrett on playing a gay lawyer on The Pursuit of Happiness
01:59

Katherine Helmond

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Katherine Helmond on Billy Crystal's role on Soap; he was only known for standup comedy before that role, in which he played a homosexual
02:13

Silvio Horta

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Silvio Horta on the issue of sexuality on Ugly Betty
01:11

Lamont Johnson

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Lamont Johnson on directing the groundbreaking gay drama That Certain Summer starring Martin Sheen and Hal Holbrook
03:53

Jack Klugman

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Jack Klugman on network concerns that The Odd Couple was about a homosexual couple
00:36

Sheila Kuehl

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Sheila Kuehl on the planned Zelda Gilroy  spin-off of The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
06:28
Sheila Kuehl on coming out as a lesbian on The  Geraldo Rivera Show  and Good Morning America
02:04
Sheila Kuehl on the Supreme Court's 2013 ruling regarding gay marriage
01:42
Sheila Kuehl on being the first lesbian elected to the California State Assembly
02:04

Paul LaMastra

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Paul LaMastra on editing the made-for-television movie Foxfire and living with HIV
11:37

Lucy Lawless

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Lucy Lawless on Xena's world on Xena: Warrior Princess  and the lesbian overtones of the show
02:41
Lucy Lawless on dealing with her fame from Xena: Warrior Princess  and being a feminist icon
02:00

Steve Levitan

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Steve Levitan on wanting to have a gay couple raising a child as one of the central families on Modern Family
00:37

Judith Light

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Judith Light on dealing with the AIDS crisis and playing "Jeanne White" in The Ryan White Story
14:35

William Link

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William Link on writing and producing That Certain Summer
07:55

Chuck Lorre

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Chuck Lorre on dealing with gender issues on the Two and a Half Men episode "An Old Flame with a New Wick"
02:41

Susan Lucci

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Susan Lucci on the coming out of "Erica Kane's" daughter storyline on All My Children
03:12

Richard Matheson

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Richard Matheson on the TV movie Scream of the Wolf and his script's suggestion of homoeroticism that didn't translate to screen
00:42

Agnes Nixon

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Agnes Nixon on the then-recent (1997) introduction of a gay character on All My Children
01:37

Ed O'Neill

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Ed O'Neill on the relationship between "Jay Pritchett" and his son, "Mitchell Pritchett" on Modern Family
02:00

Suze Orman

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Suze Orman on coming out on national television when she won her first Emmy Award
02:51

Jay Sandrich

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Jay Sandrich on an episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show with a character who is gay and getting that episode on air
01:52
Jay Sandrich on the controversies surrounding some of the gay themes of the show Soap
02:53
Jay Sandrich on the show Love, Sidney based on a film, which had a gay character, though the network wouldn't allow a gay character on the television version
01:19

Alfred Schneider

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Alfred Schneider on the decision not to allow two men to kiss on Thirtysomething
01:34
Alfred Schneider on negotiating the depiction of the controversial subject matter of That Certain Summer
01:43
Alfred Schneider on sit-in protests by the gay community in response to Marcus Welby, M.D.
01:28

Sherwood Schwartz

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Sherwood Schwartz on knowing early on that Brady Bunch actor Robert Reed was gay
02:45

Ralph Senensky

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Ralph Senensky on directing Breaking Point and "The Bull Roarer" episode in which a young man thinks he might be gay
03:52

Richard Shapiro

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Richard and Esther Shapiro on Dynasty star Jack Coleman ("Steven Carrington")
02:43
Richard and Esther Shapiro on memorable storylines on Dynasty - on "Steven Carrington's" homosexuality
02:10
Richard and Esther Shapiro on "Steven Carrington's" homosexuality on Dynasty
01:15

Esther Shapiro

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Richard and Esther Shapiro on memorable storylines on Dynasty - on "Steven Carrington's" homosexuality
02:10
Richard and Esther Shapiro on Dynasty star Jack Coleman ("Steven Carrington")
02:43
Richard and Esther Shapiro on "Steven Carrington's" homosexuality on Dynasty
01:15

Aaron Spelling

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Aaron Spelling on believing that you can teach and entertain at the same time
00:31
Aaron Spelling on creating one of TV's first regular gay characters on Dynasty
01:07

Darren Star

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Darren Star on the censorship issues that arose on Melrose Place, particularly involving the character "Matt Fielding," who was gay
03:16

Dean Valentine

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Dean Valentine on Ellen DeGeneres' decision for her character "Ellen Morgan" to come out of the closet on Ellen, and on th cultural impact of "The Puppy Episode"
11:00

Ellen M. Violett

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Ellen M. Violett on how her lesbianism affected her career
02:01

Barbara Walters

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Barbara Walters on interviewing Truman Capote
00:37

Keenen Ivory Wayans

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Keenen Ivory Wayans on the "Men on Football" sketch on In Living Color, parodying Carl Lewis, and the negative response to it
07:02

Fred Willard

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Fred Willard on playing the gay character "Scott" on Roseanne
12:18

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