International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Backstage Politics: Gay TV Professionals and their Work
Kathleen P. Farrell

ABSTRACT
While gay and lesbian images have been regular features of American television throughout the 1990s, the 21st Century delivered an unprecedented interest in programming designed specifically for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community. This paper examines 20 key media professionals at the emergence of this new ?Gay TV? industry and describes the perspectives they hold on their work. Interview data demonstrates how these professionals have created production structures—relatively stable patterns of behavior—that play an important bridging role between their positions in LGBT communities and their careers. While there is evidence that Gay TV will promote social change, interviewees may be overestimating the value of their work by failing to recognize the parameters of this industry.

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