Gays on TV — The New Normal


By Adam Sandel

What if the TV landscape included gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender characters and nobody complained? Welcome to 2012. That’s exactly what’s happening right now.

As a New York Times article reports, hit shows including “Glee,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Modern Family,” “Happy Endings,” “Smash,” “Dancing With the Stars” and NBC’s upcoming “The New Normal” put non-straight folks in the spotlight – and the outrage has been, well, non-existent.

GLAAD (the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) has been working behind the scenes with networks and producers to make these shows happen. The group also publicly acknowledges the shows for getting it right.

At the L.A. GLAAD Media Awards on April 21st, Jesse Tyler Ferguson accepted “Modern Family’s” Outstanding Comedy Series Award, and “Dancing With the Stars” trans alum Chaz Bono was presented with a special award by his mom Cher.

At the upcoming San Francisco GLAAD Media Awards on June 2nd, “Glee’s” Dianna Agron will host, and “Grey’s Anatomy” creator Shonda Rhimes will be honored.

While political gridlock has impeded legislative progress in equality for LGBT Americans, the entertainment and news media are forging ahead – and winning the battle for hearts and minds.

Promo for “The New Normal” below:

About The Author

Adam Sandel is a playwright, screenwriter, lyricist, journalist and film critic living in San Francisco, California. He's the film writer for dot429 Magazine and is the host of the internet radio show "Happy Hour" on

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