- AreTheyGay, YouTuber
The entertainment industry, motivated by profit, has long since prioritized a narrative that centers and caters to straight white cisgender men. The real lived experiences of the LGBTQ+ community have historically been reduced to comic relief, lesson-learning, and ultimate tragedy.
As members of this community who have experienced pain at the hands of mainstream show runners and movie producers, we are taking a stand. We are demanding that all stories be celebrated, and we want to educate others of this demand through the production of a feature length documentary.
Since queer and trans representation has evolved, so has its mistreatment. The community is not only faced with one-dimensional portrayals, but we are also wrought with fear that a character's life could end at any moment, for no reason at all.
Negative stereotypes have the capacity to perpetuate and encourage discrimination, harassment, and bullying. Limiting portrayals of queer characters can create unrealistic standards, which can ultimately provoke folks to develop low self-esteem, negative self-image, and internalized queerphobia.
This compulsive cis/heteronormativity erases queer and trans folks' humanity, and since the media influences our future generations, we think it's vital and necessary to keep the conversation going.
"...for my whole life I have seen similar endings to a lesbian story—or even the suggestion of one—over and over and over again. I had mistakenly thought that this time, this time, it might be different. Nope.. Growing up in a small town in the bible belt, there was absolutely no one for me to talk to about being different and certainly no 'shero' I could look up to or want to emulate. That there were two characters in a popular television show that were strong, intelligent, powerful women who lead their people and fell in love with one another was an astonishing amount of progress to someone like me." —Anonymous