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14th Feb '18 8:57:19 PM TheMountainKing
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* Done in a ''very'' [[TropesAreNotBad realistic and positive manner]] with Gus And Wally in ''WesternAnimation/MissionHill''. While the show wasn't afraid to show them getting ''very'' gay at times (their first appearance is a prolonged affectionate on-the-mouth kiss, and one episode focuses on how they met and fell in love), for the most part the "gay" aspect of their relationship isn't much focused on. Nearly all the comedy from these two comes from how mismatched of a couple they are.
2nd Feb '18 6:40:30 PM CakeIsOverrated
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* ''Anime/YuriOnIce'', is a glaring example of this trope. Despite the plot heavily featuring a same-sex romance, the two main characters kiss ''once'' on-screen during the entire show, and it's censored by placing an arm in front of the characters' mouths.

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* ''Anime/YuriOnIce'', ''Anime/YuriOnIce'' is a glaring example of this trope. Despite the plot heavily featuring a same-sex romance, the two main characters kiss ''once'' on-screen during the entire show, and it's censored by placing an arm in front of the characters' mouths.
2nd Feb '18 6:39:42 PM CakeIsOverrated
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* ''Anime/YuriOnIce'', may be one of the most glaring examples of this trope. Despite the entire plot revolving around a same-sex romance, the two main characters are never even seen ''kissing'' on-screen during the entire show. At a single moment a kiss is implied, but censored by placing an arm in front of the characters' mouths.

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* ''Anime/YuriOnIce'', may be one of the most is a glaring examples example of this trope. Despite the entire plot revolving around heavily featuring a same-sex romance, the two main characters are never even seen ''kissing'' kiss ''once'' on-screen during the entire show. At a single moment a kiss is implied, but show, and it's censored by placing an arm in front of the characters' mouths.
1st Feb '18 7:42:26 PM DesertDragon
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Okay, let's say you're done [[HideYourLesbians hiding your lesbians]] and you don't want to [[BuryYourGays bury any gays.]] You want to feature a gay character on your show or, hell, make him or her the starring character! But what if they get a LoveInterest? Will they flirt? Hold hands? Or even get it on? Gay characters enjoy increased visibility in media and numerous positive portrayals. However, there is a bit of a DoubleStandard regarding gay love portrayals and love scenes and the like.

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Okay, let's say you're done [[HideYourLesbians hiding your lesbians]] and you don't want to [[BuryYourGays bury any gays.]] You want to feature a gay character on your show or, hell, make him or her the starring character! But what if they get a LoveInterest? Will they flirt? Kiss? Hold hands? Or even get it on? Have anything resembling or implying a sex life? Gay characters enjoy increased visibility in media and numerous positive portrayals. However, there is a bit of a DoubleStandard regarding gay love portrayals and love scenes and the like.
1st Jan '18 4:05:49 PM Cinnadevs
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* ''Anime/YuriOnIce'', may be one of the most glaring examples of this trope. Despite the entire plot revolving around a same-sex romance, the two main characters are never even seen ''kissing'' on-screen during the entire show. At a single moment a kiss is implied, but censored by placing an arm in front of the characters' mouths.
28th Dec '17 9:16:06 AM louisXVI
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* Sal, the only major gay character on ''Series/MadMen'' (a show where the straight characters are seen banging each other all the time and in various combinations), is deeply closeted [[DeliberateValuesDissonance due to the time and place the show is set]], so his gay love life mostly consists of resisting the advances of other men, and unrequited crushes on straight guys like Ken. There are two exceptions -- one (a hookup with a maintenance man in a hotel room) is cut short by a fire alarm before anything happens, and the other (in which he's about to try cruising in Central Park) gets a Fade To Black at the end of an episode. The character has since been written off the show, apparently for good.

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* Sal, the only major gay character on ''Series/MadMen'' (a show where the straight characters are seen banging each other all the time and in various combinations), is deeply closeted [[DeliberateValuesDissonance due to the time and place the show is set]], so his gay love life mostly consists of resisting the advances of other men, and unrequited crushes on straight guys like Ken. There are two exceptions -- one (a hookup with a maintenance man in a hotel room) is cut short by a fire alarm before anything happens, and the other (in which he's about to try cruising in Central Park) gets a Fade To Black at the end of an episode. The character has since been was then written off the show, apparently for good.
28th Dec '17 9:10:54 AM louisXVI
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* ''FriedGreenTomatoes'' centers around what is clearly a romantic partnership between two women, Idgie and Ruth, though no sexual dimension to their relationship is seen or even implied. Roger Ebert called it "cravenly constructed to obscure the story's obvious lesbian elements."
25th Aug '17 8:05:08 AM rjd1922
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* Creator/EllenDeGeneres's first sitcom was criticized for focusing too much on gay issues and lesbian relationships after [[RealLifeWritesThePlot she (and the character) came out]]. When she got a second sitcom with Creator/{{CBS}}, the character remained a lesbian, but it wasn't much of a focus. Likewise, Ellen herself is criticized for downplaying her sexuality in order to appeal to mainstream America with her talk show, but she has mentioned her wife Portia de Rossi and marriage several times, and even before she became a national star, Ellen's comedy routines never put much focus on sexuality, either gay or straight.

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* Creator/EllenDeGeneres's [[Series/{{Ellen}} first sitcom sitcom]] was criticized for focusing too much on gay issues and lesbian relationships after [[RealLifeWritesThePlot she (and the character) came out]]. When she got a second sitcom with Creator/{{CBS}}, the character remained a lesbian, but it wasn't much of a focus. Likewise, Ellen herself is criticized for downplaying her sexuality in order to appeal to mainstream America with her talk show, but she has mentioned her wife Portia de Rossi and marriage several times, and even before she became a national star, Ellen's comedy routines never put much focus on sexuality, either gay or straight.
25th Aug '17 8:01:17 AM rjd1922
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This is sometimes a case of RealityEnsues, as many gay couples in real life avoid being affectionate in public for fear of unwanted attention (as was the retroactive justification for the page picture). But if we see them behind closed doors and they continue to act like roommates, it comes right back to being this trope. In Anglo-American media, fans and critics have noticed a pattern of female couples being more likely to be shown engaging in sexual activity on screen than male ones. This is thought to be due to a combination of MaleGaze and assumed GirlOnGirlIsHot among male audiences, which has led to lesbianism being turned into a [[SweepsWeekLesbianKiss promotional strategy]] that is expected to ''attract'' viewers rather than repel them, combined with an assumption that the same male target audiences will react negatively to homoerotic scenes between men.

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This is sometimes a case of RealityEnsues, TruthInTelevision, as many gay couples in real life avoid being affectionate in public for fear of unwanted attention (as was the retroactive justification for the page picture). But if we see them behind closed doors and they continue to act like roommates, it comes right back to being this trope. In Anglo-American media, fans and critics have noticed a pattern of female couples being more likely to be shown engaging in sexual activity on screen than male ones. This is thought to be due to a combination of MaleGaze and assumed GirlOnGirlIsHot among male audiences, which has led to lesbianism being turned into a [[SweepsWeekLesbianKiss promotional strategy]] that is expected to ''attract'' viewers rather than repel them, combined with an assumption that the same male target audiences will react negatively to homoerotic scenes between men.
10th Aug '17 10:06:39 AM Pichu-kun
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* 1982's ''Literature/AnnieOnMyMind'' is considered by many to be the quintessential lgbtq teen novel. Despite this, the earliest covers didn't make it clear that Annie and Liza were a couple. It wasn't until the 1992 cover that they were shown holding hands.
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