In , when Ellen DeGeneres announced on the cover of Time magazine that she was a lesbian, and her television character "came out" on the situation comedy Ellen , media attention was unprecedented. Partly due to a changing social climate that tolerated gays and lesbians more than in the past and partly due to the fact that television and film depictions of homosexuals were becoming more visible and accurate, a historic moment in media occurred. For one of the few times in television history, the lead character in a major program was homosexual and not shown as a lonely, evil, or homicidal character. The history of the depiction of gays and lesbians in the mainstream media is a tale of negative and oppressive images.
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At what point do you stop watching films and TV shows about lesbians that were clearly not written by lesbians? Is it after you watch Skins US or Chasing Amy and you see the lesbian characters fall in love with men? Is it after you watch Shameless US and the one recurring lesbian character is a walking stereotype who is in love with a woman she just met? At what point do you get enraged by this shit? At what point do you decide that you have had enough? For me, it was a combination of all these things and more.
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Ellen was by no means the first gay person on TV, however she was the first main character to openly come out, and proudly. Ellen herself came out to the world a few weeks previously to the episode airing, the two milestone moments were met with a huge amount of respect, praise, and trepidation. Was the world ready for a proud lesbian on mainstream television? Looking at how this impacted on television in the two decades since it aired; how much has really changed.
There are more L. Nearly 5 percent of all TV characters are L. But the report also confirms that Dead Lesbian Syndrome has been very real this year, as the lesbian ranks have plummeted. Last year, lesbians made up 33 percent of regular and recurring L.