Backstage Politics: Social Change and the "Gay TV" Industry

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ProQuest, 2008 - Homosexuality and television - 193 pages
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For this project I interviewed 20 key players in the Gay TV industry. As members of LGBT communities, these professionals were pleased that their media careers and sexual identities had converged, allowing them to educate audiences and media professionals about gay life in the United States. While Gay TV players overwhelmingly felt they were contributing to a larger social good, their careers in Gay TV situate them in a business, not a community-service organization. In response to this position, many of these professionals negotiate "who they are" with "where they are" by creating production structures---relatively stable patterns of behavior---that allow them to play an important bridging role between their positions in LGBT communities and their careers. As gay television professionals, their intersectional identities led them to describe their careers using both political and business terms---a strategy that constructs the television industry as culturally important and allows them to situate their work within the fight for LGBT equality. While I share the belief that the business of television may promote social change, many Gay TV players overestimate the value of their work by failing to recognize the parameters of this industry.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Framing the Issues
16
Methods and Procedures
42
The Business of Politics76
76
Social Change on TV How and Why?
106
Social Change through Television Education 133 Educating Straight Audiences134
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Conclusions
156
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