Genre Transformation: An Open Letter to Lianne Laurence

Below is a letter I wrote to author Lianne Laurence regarding the promotion of LGBTQ+ content in kids' cartoons: Miguel Estrada Daly City, CA 94014 Dear Ms. Laurence, My name is Miguel Estrada and I am currently a freshman at San Francisco State University. Over the course of the semester, I was researching and writing …

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LGBTQ+ Representation Part 4: Call to Action

Television has been increasing its depiction of LGBTQ+ characters in many television networks, however, much can be done by viewers to encourage more LGBTQ+ content on television. Viewers at home can petition against organizations like the Federal Communications Commission to encourage the portrayal of LGBTQ+ content. Not only would this help raise awareness towards the …

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LGBTQ+ Representation Part 3: Raising Awareness Among Television Networks

Television broadcasting networks continuously encourage the airing of LGBTQ+ content on television. Networks like Cartoon Network, Logo TV, Nickelodeon, or even Disney Channel have made efforts to promote the depiction of this content. Disney Channel, for example, recently portrayed a lesbian couple in their hit tv show Good Luck Charlie. The episode in which the …

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LGBTQ+ Representation Part 2: Opposition

The depiction of LGBTQ+ characters on television has made quite some progress over the years. As mentioned in one of my previous posts, the organization GLAAD releases a Network Responsibility Index(NRI). The NRI grades television networks based on how much LGBTQ+ content is aired on television. For example, television networks like FOX have been graded …

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LGBTQ+ Representation Part 1

Entertainment media produces series or films of ordinary people that audiences globally may relate to. Often times, audiences become enamored with characters that are depicted on screen because they are relatable. However, it has come to attention that the media lacks characters who identify as anything other than heterosexual. Sure, some television shows or films …

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Interview with Victor Estrada

LGBTQIA Representation in entertainment media unfortunately has large opposition from largely conservative parents. In the article titled “Warning to Parents: Pro-Gay Cartoons on the Rise” by Lianne Laurence, an author for the website Life Site, a strong felt message warning parents about the emergence of more LGBT characters in television is apparent. Life Site news …

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