LGBTQ


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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Interviewees discuss the portrayal of the LGBTQ community on television.

Highlights
RuPaul Charles on the contestants of RuPaul's Drag Race, and their courage and vulnerability
Sheila Kuehl on coming out on The Geraldo Rivera Show and Good Morning America
Richard Chamberlain on the portrayal of gay people on film and television
Paris Barclay on being openly gay and how it has affected his career
Suze Orman on coming out on national television when she won her first Emmy Award
Darren Star on the censorship issues that arose on Melrose Place, particularly involving the character "Matt Fielding," who was gay
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Ray Aghayan

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Ray Aghayan on producing Consenting Adult

John Amos

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John Amos on guest-starring on Two and a Half Men

Alan Ball

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Alan Ball on the rumor that vampires are a metaphor for gay people on True Blood
Alan Ball on sexuality on Six Feet Under

Paris Barclay

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

Rona Barrett

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Rona Barrett on her large gay following
Rona Barrett on her large gay following

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
James Burrows on Standards and Practices having issues with some jokes on Will & Grace
James Burrows on how Will & Grace has been perceived in the gay community

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

Gilbert Cates

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

Richard Chamberlain

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Richard Chamberlain on the portrayal of gay people on film and television

RuPaul Charles

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RuPaul Charles on the pressures of being black and gay during the run of The RuPaul Show and on RuPaul's Drag Race
RuPaul Charles on the legacy and message of RuPaul's Drag Race
RuPaul Charles on the contestants of RuPaul's Drag Race, and their courage and vulnerability
RuPaul Charles on his message as a performer

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

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

Richard Frank

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Richard Frank on developing Ellen, and "Ellen" coming out

Brad Garrett

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Brad Garrett on playing a gay lawyer on The Pursuit of Happiness

Hal Holbrook

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Hal Holbrook on appearing in the groundbreaking made-for-television movie That Certain Summer

Silvio Horta

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Silvio Horta on the issue of sexuality on Ugly Betty

Lamont Johnson

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Lamont Johnson on directing the groundbreaking drama That Certain Summer, starring Martin Sheen and Hal Holbrook

Elodie Keene

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Elodie Keene on directing the first lesbian kiss on television on L.A. Law, and on the lesbian scenes in Pretty Little Liars

Jack Klugman

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Jack Klugman on network concerns that The Odd Couple was about a gay couple

Sheila Kuehl

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

Paul LaMastra

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

Lucy Lawless

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

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

Judith Light

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

William Link

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William Link on writing and producing That Certain Summer

Daniel Lipman

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Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on their first impressions of An Early Frost when the idea was presented to them by NBC, and why they insisted that the main character, who had AIDS, be alive at the end of the movie
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the research they did when writing the 1985 made-for-television movie An Early Frost, which depicted the AIDS crisis, by visiting AIDS patients at Santa Monica Hospital, and on the understanding of AIDS at that time
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the kinds of notes they received from executives on their 1985 made-for-television movie An Early Frost, which depicted the AIDS crisis, and on the public response to the movie
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the importance of An Early Frost their 1985 made-for-television movie which depicted the AIDS crisis, being written and played for a mass audience
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the response of the gay community to their made-for-television movie An Early Frost
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on what they hoped the audience would take away from their made-for-television movie An Early Frost, which depicted the AIDS crisis: education, tolerance, and compassion
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the Sisters characters "Norma Lear" (played by Nora Dunn), who was gay, and on the character came to be recurring, rather than appearing in just a few episodes
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the television and political atmosphere for both gay people and gay characters at the time they were developing Queer as Folk
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the press reaction to Queer as Folk, and in particular the pushback they got from the gay community
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on Queer as Folk presenting a reflection of the gay community in a way that had never been seen before on television, and the power of that: "seeing a reflection of yourself validates your life. It validates who you are. It validates that you exist"
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the impact of the depictions of sex on Queer as Folk and their intention behind it
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on how they approached the storyline where "Justin" is the victim of a hate crime at the end of season one of Queer as Folk
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the depiction of people living with HIV/AIDS on Queer as Folk
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the difference between what they could depict in their 1985 made-for-television movie An Early Frost and on Queer as Folk, both of which centered on gay characters
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the bombing storyline in the final season of Queer as Folk and why they wanted to depict an attack on the gay community in that manner

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"

Susan Lucci

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

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

Agnes Nixon

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

Ed O'Neill

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

Lori Openden

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Lori Openden on the impact of Will & Grace on American culture
Lori Openden on how diversity in casting has changed since she started in the industry

Suze Orman

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

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
Jay Sandrich on the controversies surrounding some of the gay themes of the show Soap
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

Alfred Schneider

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

Sherwood Schwartz

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

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

Esther Shapiro

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Richard and Esther Shapiro on memorable storylines on Dynasty - on "Steven Carrington's" homosexuality
Richard and Esther Shapiro on Dynasty star Jack Coleman ("Steven Carrington")
Richard and Esther Shapiro on "Steven Carrington's" homosexuality on Dynasty

Richard Shapiro

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Richard and Esther Shapiro on Dynasty star Jack Coleman ("Steven Carrington")
Richard and Esther Shapiro on memorable storylines on Dynasty - on "Steven Carrington's" homosexuality
Richard and Esther Shapiro on "Steven Carrington's" homosexuality on Dynasty

Aaron Spelling

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

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

Tracey Ullman

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Tracey Ullman on the character "Francesca" on The Tracey Ullman Show, whose fathers were gay, and on receiving a GLAAD award for the character

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"

Ellen M. Violett

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Ellen M. Violett on how her sexuality affected her career

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

Fred Willard

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Fred Willard on playing the character "Scott", who was gay, on Roseanne

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