Magazine article Variety

Diversity in All Areas Needs to Be Addressed on the Bigscreen

Magazine article Variety

Diversity in All Areas Needs to Be Addressed on the Bigscreen

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Nina Jacobson

Why has the push for marriage been so important?

Because gay people want the same mundane, boring lives as straight people. How can you espouse so-called family values and then look at two parents who want to raise children in a loving home and say those aren't family values?

How important have shows like "Modem Family" and "Will & Grace" been?

There is an intimacy to television; these shows let images of gay people into homes. They showed viewers that gay people were sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, parents and grandparents. They weren't so exotic.

Why is film falling behind in depictions of gay life?

That will change. Television is often out ahead on social issues. With film, we've only recently proved that one of the oldest misconceptions in the book is wrong, which is the idea that girls will see films with boys as protagonists, but boys won't see movies with girls as protagonists. We've realized that was a patriarchal construct that was being treated as fact. The majority of people are straight, and movies, with their bigger budgets and burdensome marketing costs, will try to appeal to as many people as they can. …

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