Thursday, July 22, 2010

(Gay) Life, on the Small and Big Screen

New York Times
July 22, 2010

It’s a long way from “Brokeback Mountain” to “The Kids Are All Right,” the critically praised film about a lesbian couple played by Julianne Moore and Annette Bening that is now being released nationwide. As A.O. Scott wrote in his New York Times review, the movie “starts from the premise that gay marriage, an issue of ideological contention and cultural strife, is also an established social fact.”

That premise has been embraced by television for almost a generation, with gay characters and couples and parents dating at least to the dads depicted on "The Tracey Ullman Show" in the late 80's. What effect have these portrayals played in gaining social acceptance for same-sex families? What role does a movie like "The Kids Are All Right" play in changing social perceptions?