i was watching a doco last night about homosexuality and the music industry called "Sex'n'pop". this guy, ari gold i think his name was, said that gays have been accepted to a point in media/society at large because we are presesented as asexual beings. it's ok to have gay characters on a show, eg Will & Grace but only as long as they are never seen being intimate with other men. we have been turned into these court jesters who everyone loves, but only because we are funny stereotypes. if you can laugh at Jack on W&G, its because he is so flamboyant, that "gosh, those gays must all be as funny as him, they're alright". that's great, but have you every seen Jack in a sex scene on that show? Grace has been in the bedroom with many men on screen, but Jack and Will have never been shown with their boyfriends. Jack makes verbal references to his sex life, but nothing ever comes of it, as far as the audience sees.
Queer Eye for the Straight Guy is another example. carson is the strongest personality on the show, and again he is a funny person. he never is seen being intimate with any man on the show, except for groping the straight guys every once in a while for a cheap laugh.
so that means that gays are accepted, but not for our physical sexuality - WE ARE PRACTICALLY CASTRATING OURSELVES TO BE ACCEPTED! i don't want ot see more of these asexual stereotypes anymore. the only show that does have the physical sexuality is "Queer as Folk" but that caters for OUR community, not the WHOLE community. i don't mean that i want XXX man on man action on primetime, but would it be so bad for two guys to hold hands or kiss affectionactely on a sitcom like all the other sitcom couples do? i don't want us to be treated as a joke anymore when we are portrayed in media.
That is my opinon, and its pretty strong, but i don't want to take this bullshit anymore from a society that can only like us when we are making jokes for their own amusement. will we ever stand up and be counted?