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Beyond Bullying: What's Next for TV's LGBT Teens
60 min.
There was a time when the very notion of depicting a teenager television character as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender was enough to make conservative pundits start yelling accusations of "inappropriate content" or "corrupting minors," and the real, lived experiences of LGBT young people remained all but invisible to the mainstream. Thanks to pioneering programs likeMy So Called Life and Degrassi, shows like Glee are able to not only depict LGBT teenagers, but also celebrate them while highlighting the real struggles they still face. Now a new generation of television is taking these characters beyond bullying storylines to sometimes challenging, sometimes hilarious, but definitely exciting places.
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Carter Covington, Michael Willett
Wilson Cruz

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