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
Alan Ball on the rumor that vampires are a metaphor for gay people on True Blood
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
Ralph Senensky on directing Breaking Point and "The Bull Roarer" episode in which a young man thinks he might be gay
Susan Lucci on the coming out of "Erica Kane's" daughter storyline on All My Children
Who talked about this topic

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 homosexuality on Six Feet Unde r

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

Jerry Falwell

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

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

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

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 gay 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 homosexual 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 as a lesbian 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

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

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

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

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

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

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 lesbianism affected her career

Barbara Walters

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Barbara Walters on interviewing Truman Capote

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 gay character "Scott" on Roseanne

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