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posted Friday, March 30, 2018 - Volume 46 Issue 13
MARK MY WORDS: New releases Love, Simon, 'Instinct' breaking barriers
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MARK MY WORDS: New releases Love, Simon, 'Instinct' breaking barriers

by Mark Segal - Philadelphia Gay News

There were two events this week of great magnitude to the LGBT community that mostly were just seen as everyday occurrences, but I assure you they were not. Both are media related and if we've learned anything in our community, being out changes the world, and being out in media reaches the masses and educates the general public on who we are and what we are all about... and let's not forget that there are many places in America that still don't know us and we don't reach, but media certainly can and will.

As someone who is in media and has fought for changes in media for almost 50 years now, this week is almost monumental. Why?

In movie theaters across the country a film call Love Simon, opened. It's the story of a young gay man coming to terms with his gayness, and guess what? It has a happy ending. That may seem trivial to you, but here's a shocker: it's the first time in history it happens to be coming from a major American studio with wide release, and with a promotional budget which small movies, which I adore, like Big Eden and Broken Hearts Club didn't have. Up to this point we've had Boys in the Band, where we were a sad group of gay bitter sad men hating themselves, Philadelphia, where we were dying, and Brokeback Mountain, where we were gay-bashed, killed, closeted and left to die alone. Mind you, each was a trailblazer for their time, but thanks to activists, times and now movies have changed. By the way Love, Simon was number 5 at the box office this past weekend.

Then there's TV, an area that has had my attention since 1971. It is the most important way to reach people in those places were we activist just don't reach or where they do not relate to us. But TV does that in ways we can't. Entertainment can spotlight something without being a giant searchlight. Take 'Will and Grace,' 'Rachel Maddow,' or even 'Ellen,' for example. They make the point that LGBT people are, in simple terms, not a threat; 'they are just like us.'

CBS Sunday Night premiered a new TV series starring Alan Cumming called 'Instinct.' A drama/who done it? starring an OUT gay man, whose character is also an OUT gay man. That has also never happened before. We've always been comical figures, like on 'Will and Grace' or 'Modern Family.' But the major starring role being a serious one? Never before on TV. Yep, we've been co-stars or in featured roles and some of them have been in trailblazers like NBC's 'Nightshift' or 'Major Crimes' - one where the gay character plays an Iraq war veteran, the other a troubled gay youth. But, the major lead character being a gay man in real life, and on a major network in a serious role? This is history. And, it's a good show! Which CBS gave a great lead into from '60 Minutes,' which also features an openly gay news anchor/moderator and interviewer, Anderson Cooper.

These are incredible changes for many of us who come from a time when we didn't even appear on TV, let alone star in a comedy, drama, or appear as a news anchor. That history is forgotten, maybe GLAAD should do something about that; but hey, the people who pioneered this are old, and GLAAD is about current issues, and not how media came to where it is today on LGBT issues, and let's not forget, the media make their living off of current celebrity.

Mark Segal, PGN publisher, is the nation's most-award-winning commentator in LGBT media. His recently published memoir, 'And Then I Danced,' is available on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble or at your favorite bookseller.

Courtesy of Philadelphia Gay News

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