homosexauls and TV

alice's picture

Why do homosexuals not seem to be represented on English TV (the standard 5 channels) there seems to be little representation of homosexuals in either fiction or fact programmes apart from 1 and a half characters on hollyoaks and willow and tara in buffy. But that's not a lot.
Is the whole of tv land straight?

Ahh no that's not actaully true as my friend has just pointed out. But most of the ones that are happen to be guys.
Well it feels like there are no gay people on tv even if there are maybe i just don't like the stuff they are in. If I watched Tv more then perpahs i would know more about this.


linds's picture

Now, I'm in the U.S., but...

Now, I'm in the U.S., but... even I heard about the BBC adaptation of Tipping the Velvet?

There isn't much gay girl representation on TV in general, you're right. But there have been bits and pieces.

And hey, I'd be more than willing to star in my own "day in the life" sitcom... :-)


hol's picture

some sources...

Alright, since this is what I *have* been working on all day...here is a list of ALL lesbian young adult fiction....more about my thesis later, but this may help if you want to read some books. You should be able to find most of these in libraries, and at least in online bookstores in the States and Canada. If you want more input, email me, and I can tell you what is great and what is not so great. I also have a list featuring males. And this list is in chronologial order....

Guy, Rosa. Ruby. New York: Viking, 1976.

Hautzig, Deborah. Hey, Dollface. New York: Greenwillow Books, 1978.
Scoppettone, Sandra. Happy Endings Are All Alike. New York: Harper & Row, 1978 [Alyson, 1991].

Klein, Norma. Breaking Up. New York: Random House, 1980.
Reading, J.P. Bouquets for Brimbal. New York: Harper & Row, 1980.
Tolan, Stephanie. The Last of Eden. New York: Bantam, 1980.

Futcher, Jane. Crush. Boston: Little, Brown, 1981. [Alyson, 1988]
Levy, Elizabeth. Come Out Smiling. New York: Delacorte, 1981.
St. Ceorge, Judith. Call Me Margo. New York: G.P. Putnam, 1981.

Garden, Nancy. Annie On My Mind. New York: Farrar, Straus Giroux, 1982.

Kesselman, Wendy Ann. Flick. New York: Harper & Row, 1983.


alice's picture


thanks for the list of fiction books, i will go to the libary tommorow and try and find them, however the libary is quite small and therefore i may have to go to a bigger one. Why can't they have a section the the libary which is sectioned gay books so you know which books to read, i suppose if they did this people would be annoyed that they were classing them as a seperate group.

johnno's picture

Homosexuals and TV

I agree. Out here in Australia Homosexuals are rarely see, and the critics make a song and dance about it when they do put a homosexual into a show like it is the Mardi Gras!