It was supposed to be the most gay holiday season ever created for film and television. This year, an unprecedented number of seasonal films featuring LGBTQ characters have aired on national networks and streaming platforms – six (not bad for a genre that often barely gives us an annual performance). As a black queer millennial, I was excited to finally be able to snuggle up with my fiancé as we were planning on finally seeing each other on screen.
This does not happen. Instead, I was taken back to the past where black LGBTQ faces are rarely seen and barely heard. Of the six films, there was only one black main character. Most of the films centered around white characters with predominantly white co-stars in predominantly white environments.
When characters of color were presented, they were either stereotyped or written lazily. There were no black gay men in love, kissing Latinx characters, or transgender centered people. At a time when LGBTQ activism calls for more nuance and intersectionality in media portrayal, this seemed like a missed opportunity at all levels.
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