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An Anthropological Look at How Queer and Lesbian Females Evaluate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Queer Representation in American Television
by Martinez, Meagan B., M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2020, 89; 27834482
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis accompanies the ethnographic film, Lesbian and Queer Perspectives: A Look into American Television Shows LGBQ Content. In this film, viewers hear the perspectives of three individual women who identify within the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Queer (LGBQ) community. These women discuss their perspectives on current and past LGBQ representation found in American television, Netflix, and Hulu shows.This study is built off of Sarah Gomillion and Traci Giuliano’s findings that lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) individuals felt a sense of pride and comfort due to the visibility of LGB characters and actors. Because of these previous findings, participants were also asked to discuss whether the LGBQ representations found within current and past shows had influenced their perspectives on their own sexual identity. Since previous research on this topic, includes perspectives from primarily individuals who identify as white, data was collected on the voices of ethnically diverse members of the LGBQ communities. While, the ethnographic film captures and visually presents participants’ perspectives toward LGBQ narratives found in these media platforms, this report provides an in-depth analysis of participants’ responses. An analysis of participants’ responses revealed how these media platforms could better portray the diverse people within the LGBQ community.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Rousso-Schindler, Steven
Commitee: Wilson, R. Scott, Howell, Jayne
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Anthropology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 82/4(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, Social research, LGBTQ studies, Mass communications
Keywords: American Television, Queer Representation, Sexual Identity, Visual Anthropology
Publication Number: 27834482
ISBN: 9798678189608
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