To answer questions like "how did we get here?" with regards to negative LGBTQ+ portrayals, we will dive deeper into the legacy and influence of bad actors like Will Hays, Jack Valenti, and large media conglomerates like ViacomCBS and The Walt Disney Company.
To address "where to go from here," we will revisit simple yet nuanced truths like: the necessity for diversity on and off screen as well as our collective buying power as a community.
As interviewee Chloe Tse puts it: “Power is in who gets to tell the story.” Since the very beginning of film, our narratives have been told primarily by those who do not directly relate to our lived experiences. Industry leaders have taken a backseat to portraying authentic representation of queer people, people of color, disabled folks, and other marginalized communities. Love Me Bait Me aims to uncover this phenomenon and offer an alternative that inspires transformation and healing.
Alex Berg, Journalist and BuzzFeed News Co-Host
Annie Elainey, Advocate and Content Creator (YouTuber)
April Funiestas, ClexaCon Director
Chloe Tse, Journalist and Co-Founder of The Feminist Project
Christin Baker, President and CEO of Tello Films
Delia Rawdon, Actress (IMDb)
Eboné Bell, Owner and Editor-in-Chief of Tagg Magazine
Elizabeth Bridges, Writer and Associate Professor of Rhodes College
Eve Ng, Associate Professor of Media Arts and Studies & Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies of Ohio University
Gretchen Jones, Managing Editor of The Fandomentals
Javier "Javi" Grillo-Marxuach, Television Screenwriter and Producer
Joelle Monique; Writer, Host, and Producer
John Arrow, Co-Founder of TGIF/F & FaberryCon
Kayla Meyer (Sutton), PR/Marketing Professional & Co-host of Y Tú Bantha También
Kia Barnes, Comedian and Activist
LaShawn McGhee, Co-Founder of Revry Inc. and Head of Production of QueerX
Leila Haile; Artist, Activist, & Co-Founder of Ori Art Gallery
Marceline "Marcy" Cook; Writer, Advocate, and Diversity Advisor
Mika Epstein, Co-Founder of LezWatch.TV
Jamie Broadnax, Film Critic and Founder of Black Girl Nerds
Ray Buzeta, Multi-Fandom Artist
Rowan Ellis, YouTuber and Speaker
Sage Anastasi, Writer and Author of "Quantify Your Gays: The Statistics Of Queer Death In TV"
Sam Campbell, Indigenous Scholar and Activist
Shelbie Cohen, Director of LGBT Fans Deserve Better
Tracy Levesque, Co-Founder of LezWatch.TV
Valerie Complex, Writer and Film Critic