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05/09/2008

Same-sex kissing not a 'Greek' myth

by Jeremy Hooper

200805091511There must be something queer in the airwaves this month, as dudes on TV are coming out, locking lips, and pledging commitments all up and down the programming schedule. First there was the Noah/Luke kiss on "As The World Turns." Then there was the proposal leading to the upcoming "Brothers and Sisters" wedding. Earlier this week, there was the gay character coming out on "Gossip Girl." Last night there was both a gay soldier plot line on "Grey's Anatomy" and a brief "gay bomb" plot line on "30 Rock." And now, our pop culture-focused buddies at AfterElton are letting us know that Calvin and Michael, two characters on the ABC Family dramedy "Greek," will share an on-screen kiss during the May 26 episode:

Exclusive: "Greek" to feature its first gay kiss on May 26 [AfterElton]

Apparently the lesbian characters are mostly on cruises this time of the year; but here's hoping some of our Sapphic sisters will get some affection from a lady-loving pilot in the fall.

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...and GLAAD is asking folks to learn to ANNOUNCE their Equality. I looked up my local newspapers 'Inclusive Announcement Status' as per GLAAD 12/06 list it was N... meaning won't, or hadn't ever I guess. In the spirit of proactivity I wrote the newspapers ediitor and received a reply within 10 minutes! that he did not know of any contraindicative policy to same-sex announcements. We'll see. Wrote GLAAD back to 'fix' their list.
Your turn anyone, check yours.

Posted by: LOrion | May 9, 2008 4:13:59 PM

i was thinking about this, we went from no gay visibility to big time gay visibility. i don't know what happened, gay agenda, glaad awards?

http://www.queersunited.blogspot.com

Posted by: queerunity | May 9, 2008 5:03:56 PM

I can see this is going to get so common in america that you'll have to stop reporting it, and as for why?

If you put a gay kiss in you appeal to the LBGT demographic, while allowing this not to be your primary concern. So you can get extra ratings and if you make the story good, you can get praise and viewers from all sides.

ie. its all about the money.

Posted by: Corvidae | May 10, 2008 4:23:38 AM

What a cynical assessment, Corvidae.

Posted by: G-A-Y | May 10, 2008 8:24:39 AM

I think it's partly about the money since show biz is, after all, mainly business. But it also seems clear that there are gay writers, producers, and even actors (and, of course, allies as well) who have become fatigued at the notion that the notion of a love that dare not... and all that, has survived for a longer time in that business than it should have.

And, as G.A.Y. has pointed out in the past, it has helped that the 'phobes are so very intent in speaking about our loves and desires so frequently and loudly that it can't be ignored. What they say is so very skewed and -- umm... queered that it encourages others to give more accurate portrayals.

Posted by: Robinev | May 11, 2008 11:17:19 AM

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