Visible: Out on Television

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The Dark Ages
Early TV portrayed LGBTQ people as homicidal maniacs and sexual deviants. It wasn't until the '70s that positive portrayals began to emerge.
Television as a Tool
Following the Stonewall Uprising, LGTBQ activists began using television as a tool for change.
The Epidemic
HIV/AIDS was initially ignored by TV, and fear of the disease stunted LGBTQ representation. Eventually, TV raised awareness on the issue.
In 1997, Ellen DeGeneres made history by coming out on her TV show as in her personal life. But the celebration was short-lived.
The New Guard
Today's new guard of LGBTQ creators in TV has opened the door to greater representation and wider inclusivity.