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Humanities Edge Undergraduate Research Symposium | Summer 2020



Through an inspection of the intersectionality of identity in entertainment and media, this study portrays how gender and sexual identity reflect and exert influence upon the intended audience’s beliefs. Mainstream shows and film make up a large portion of the media children and youth consume. The media’s portrayal of the LGBTQ+ community normalizes negative behaviors and assumptions for young adults and children. Through the lens of queer theory analysis, selected television shows, films, and on online streaming shows platforms are among the subjects of this study regarding misrepresentation. This study dispels stereotypical portrayals and analyzes lack of inclusion of the LGBTQ+ community in shows such as One Day at a Time, Sex Education, Control Z, Steven Universe and the film XXY. Overall, the way LGBTQ+ communities are represented tends to perpetuate patterns based on stereotypes, internalized homophobia, and impose inaccurate expectations on the community at large.

Research Paper

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