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Author Streitmatter, Rodger.
Title From "perverts" to "fab five" : the media's changing depiction of gay men and lesbians / Rodger Streitmatter.
Imprint New York : Routledge, 2009.

Author Streitmatter, Rodger.
Subject Gay men -- United States -- Social conditions.
Lesbians -- United States -- Social conditions.
Gay men in mass media.
Lesbians in mass media.
Gays in popular culture -- United States.
Mass media -- United States.
United States -- Social conditions -- 1980-
Description 1 online resource (vi, 222 pages) : illustrations
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 189-216) and index.
Contents "Perverts" on the Potomac : homosexuals enter the news arena -- Stonewall rebellion : reporting on an epic event -- The boys in the band : homosexuality comes to the big screen -- Soap : a gay man comes to TV land -- Aids enters the news : reporting on the "gay plague" -- AIDS becomes major news : "now no one is safe" -- Gays in the military : the debate over lifting the ban -- Fleeting images of lesbians : killing, kissing, being chic -- Philadelphia : "a quantum leap for gays on film" -- A new gay man in town : Hollywood shifts to positive stereotypes -- Ellen : coming out, on screen and off -- Will & Grace : the biggest gay hit in TV history -- Queer as folk : "an unvarnished treatment of gay life" -- Queer eye for the straight guy : the "fab five" as gay reality TV -- Notes on gay visibility vs. lesbian visibility -- The L word : lesbians move into the spotlight -- Same-sex marriage : a journalistic love fest -- Brokeback Mountain : "a breakthrough gay romance" -- Conclusion: From "perverts" to "fab five" : progress in three stages-- and waiting for a fourth.
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Summary "From "Perverts" to "Fab Five" tracks the dramatic change in how the American media have depicted gay people over the last half-century. Each chapter illuminates a particular media product that served as a milestone on the media's journey from demonizing homosexuals some fifty years ago to celebrating the gay community - or at least some sectors of the gay community - today." "The media, Streitmatter argues, have not merely reflected the American public's shift to a more enlightened view of gay people, but they have been instrumental in propelling that change. The book spans the breadth of communication venues. Individual chapters focus on major news stories, entertainment television programs, and mainstream motion pictures that captured the public imagination while, at the same time, sending powerful messages about gay men and lesbians."--Jacket.
ISBN 9780203886380 (electronic bk.)
0203886380 (electronic bk.)
0789036711 (pbk.)
9780789036711 (pbk.)
ISBN/ISSN 9786611900069
OCLC # 309932005
Additional Format Print version: Streitmatter, Rodger. From "perverts" to "fab five". New York : Routledge, 2009 9780789036711 0789036711 (DLC) 2008024917 (OCoLC)231680285

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