I think my lifelong dream just came true

This story that was on NPR was cool in and of itself.

But that's not why I'm posting it. When I was in seventh grade, a friend and I were talking about how it would be really cool if there were a TV show or movie (fictional or newsish, no matter) that had gay people, but who weren't there because they were gay. As my friend put it, "like, a movie that has gay guys mowing the lawn next door. And that's all there is to it. Or like the news interviewing a lesbian couple about, like, the traffic jams in their neighborhood."

OK, so, granted I don't partake of a whole lot of media, but I really think this is the first time that there've been queer people who just, um, were. I definitely appreciate when queer people are representing in news piece where they get opinions from a handful of people, but in that case it seems like they've purposely picked a diverse group to talk to. This was just like, whoa, hey, a queer person. Yay.

(Oh, this story today was also really amazing and sweet. I'm a sucker for the sappy, what can I say?)


Mama Lisa said...

yeah, i heard that story & noticed the same thing. sweet.

tblade said...

HBO's "The Wire" has at least 3 queer characters who aren't "just gay" but are deeply complex and, by the way, happen to be gay.

See: Michael K. Williams's character "Omar Little" and Sonja Sohn's "Kima Greggs". Both African American gay characters at that.