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1st Mar '17 9:42:08 PM DrOO7
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* A mid-90's storyline on ''Series/AllMyChildren'' had a schoolteacher coming out of the closet to his students. Some parents immediately began a campaign to get him fired. Surprisingly, some of the "good" characters had a problem with his sexuality, while a few of the supposed villains had no problem with it.
* During roughly the same time period, ''Series/OneLifeToLive'' tackled the issue as well. When a local teen confessed to the local minister that he was gay, the man kept his secret. Unfortunately, a young woman angry that he had rebuffed her advances spread rumors that he had seduced the boy. The ensuing chaos nearly ruined the man's career, but he was ultimately exonerated, while the boy went on to a happy life, even eventually reconciling with his parents.
30th Jan '17 10:33:58 PM TheNicestGuy
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* ''Series/TheWestWing'' dealt with queer issues a number of times, but one of the most striking was in "[[Recap/TheWestWingS01E13TakeOutTheTrashDay Take Out the Trash Day]]". President Bartlet is about to sign in a hate crime bill that was spurred by the brutal murder of a gay teen, and his press staff are making arrangements for the boy's parents to be there. However, they get an odd "quiet" vibe from the father, making them worry that he's actually displeased about his late son's orientation, thus he doesn't even support the bill and will say things the administration will regret if he talks to the press. After agonizing over the right course and finally inviting the couple in to vet them, they find that indeed he is very unhappy with the president's position. He thinks Bartlet's gay rights stance is far too ''weak''. Moral: While guarding against bigotry, beware of reverse bigotry. The sad twist is that, humbled as the staff are, they're obliged to cancel the parents' invitation after all. Badmouthing the president in any direction is just not something the press office can enable.
--> '''Mr. Lydell:''' Lady, I'm not embarrassed my son was gay. My government is.
22nd Dec '16 8:36:19 AM ChesterPolarbear
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* The message of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYj2dWFNtpw "Triad"]] by Jefferson Airplane is that it's OK for a guy to participate in an [[GuyOnGuyIsHot MMF bisexual]] [[AThreesomeIsHot threesome]].
9th Dec '16 4:17:11 AM MeleKalikimaka
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* ''Series/That70sShow'':
** In an early episode, Eric makes [[LongLostUncleAesop a new friend]] who turns out to be gay.
** Subverted in a later episode when a gay couple moves in next door to the Foremans. Red learns by the end to accept their sexuality - but when he finds out they're [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague Jets]] fans, [[SeriousBusiness he angrily kicks them out]].
18th Oct '16 5:09:33 AM Morgenthaler
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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' involved Homer unknowingly befriending a gay man, (wrongly) fearing that Bart was gay, and various other things along those lines. He ends up getting saved from a herd of angry reindeer by the gay guy.

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episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' involved Homer unknowingly befriending a gay man, (wrongly) fearing that Bart was gay, and various other things along those lines. He ends up getting saved from a herd of angry reindeer by the gay guy.



* On ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', there was an episode where Lois did not accept Brian's cousin Jasper's gay wedding, but turned around at the end of the episode when she found out that her parent's marriage is not happy (if unhappy straight marriages are apparently sacred, exactly what makes happy gay ones wrong, essentially). Brian ''holds the mayor at gun point'' in order to get gay marriage legalized, though Lois calls him on it, saying that he's no better for resorting to such an act.

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was an episode where Lois did not accept Brian's cousin Jasper's gay wedding, but turned around at the end of the episode when she found out that her parent's marriage is not happy (if unhappy straight marriages are apparently sacred, exactly what makes happy gay ones wrong, essentially). Brian ''holds the mayor at gun point'' in order to get gay marriage legalized, though Lois calls him on it, saying that he's no better for resorting to such an act.
22nd Sep '16 4:31:15 PM ladyofprocrastination
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AnAesop (or Gaysop if you will) that was pretty common in TheNineties when gay people started becoming more and more prominent in the media. Basically, a character will be introduced that is soon revealed to be gay or bi (or if they were gutsy enough, a previously known character would be outed). Then the rest of the episode would be spent on one of the main characters discriminating against them, or fearing that they'll turn him gay or something, even if [[CompressedVice previous characterization would indicate that he would not be so ignorant]].

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AnAesop (or Gaysop if you will) that was pretty common in TheNineties when gay people started becoming more and more prominent in the media. Basically, a character will be introduced that is soon revealed to be gay or bi (or if they were gutsy enough, a previously known character would be outed). Then the rest of the episode would be spent on one of the main characters discriminating against them, or fearing that they'll turn him gay or something, even if [[CompressedVice previous characterization would indicate that he would not be so ignorant]].
ignorant]]. (TruthInTelevision, unfortunately: one of the dangers of coming out is that an LGBT person can't always tell which way an aquaintance, even an otherwise progressive one, will jump, [[EasyEvangelism and it usually takes more than thirty minutes to change their mind]].)
1st Aug '16 4:00:21 AM meanmetalmario
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** In "Death Camp of Tolerance", Mr. Garrison learns that if he gets fired for being gay, he can sue the school for a load of money. He gets a new teaching assistant (and boyfriend) Mr. Slave, and they perform raunchy sexual acts when teaching and the kids are justly horrified. The adults tell the kids that they're being [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad homophobic and are sent to a deathcamp-esque tolerance camp]]. Mr. Garrison receives award after award for his "courageous behaviour" until he finally snaps and tells everyone that being overly-tolerant is just as bad as being intolerant.

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** In "Death Camp of Tolerance", Mr. Garrison learns that if he gets fired for being gay, he can sue the school for a load of money. He gets a new teaching assistant (and boyfriend) Mr. Slave, and they perform raunchy sexual acts when teaching and the kids are justly horrified. The adults tell the kids that they're being [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad homophobic and are sent to a deathcamp-esque the eponymous Auschwitz-like tolerance camp]]. Mr. Garrison receives award after award for his "courageous behaviour" until he finally snaps and tells everyone that being overly-tolerant ''overly''-tolerant is just as bad as being intolerant.''in''tolerant. He is judged to be a BoomerangBigot intolerant of his own homosexuality and sent to the tolerance camp himself, although that might have just been a flimsy excuse the principal made up to punish him, since at the end of his angry rant, he accidentally let slip his plan to sue the school.
26th Jul '16 11:57:46 PM DrY9K
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* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' actually has three episodes devoted to gay rights ("Lincoln Lover", "Surro-gate" and "Daddy Queerest"), but, unlike ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', the Aesops are pulled off ''incredibly well'':
** In "Lincoln Lover" Stan learns to accept general homosexuality after meeting the Log Cabin Republicans and discovers that being gay is not a choice. How? He himself tried to be gay. [[SpoofAesop He concludes that they should discriminate towards Democrats instead, as being a Democrat is a choice.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' actually has three episodes devoted to gay rights ("Lincoln Lover", "Surro-gate" and "Daddy Queerest"), but, unlike ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', the Aesops are pulled off ''incredibly well'':
well'' (except the first example, which is rather biased):
** In "Lincoln Lover" Stan learns to accept general homosexuality after meeting the Log Cabin Republicans and discovers that being gay is not a choice. How? He himself tried to be gay. [[SpoofAesop He concludes that they should discriminate towards Democrats instead, as being a Democrat is a choice.]]]]
24th Mar '16 9:53:56 PM StrixObscuro
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* Played with in ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'', when Molly angrily berates Klara for expressing horror at Karolina and Xavin's relationship. On the one hand, of course, Klara is wrong to call Xavin an abomination or pass moral judgments on people she's only just met. On the other hand, Molly loses her temper and ends up escalating the situation, until Klara just shuts down and refuses to engage with her. They eventually make up.



** They've done a {{transsexual}} variation with Adam.
* Done on an episode of ''DesigningWomen'' with a fellow who has AIDS to boot. Julia chews out an eavesdropping client who bitches about the guy.

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** They've done a {{transsexual}} {{transgender}} variation with Adam.
* Done on an episode of ''DesigningWomen'' ''Series/DesigningWomen'' with a fellow who has AIDS to boot. Julia chews out an eavesdropping client who bitches about the guy.



* ''TheWarAtHome'' has Kenny as the homosexual guy. When he told his parents that he's gay, he was kicked out of the house. Later, in the episode "Kenny Doesn't Live Here Anymore", his parents were constantly told by Dave and Vicky Gold to "accept their child whoever he is". They took him back during the ending before Kenny gets to be taken by social services.

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* ''TheWarAtHome'' ''Series/TheWarAtHome'' has Kenny as the homosexual guy. When he told his parents that he's gay, he was kicked out of the house. Later, in the episode "Kenny Doesn't Live Here Anymore", his parents were constantly told by Dave and Vicky Gold to "accept their child whoever he is". They took him back during the ending before Kenny gets to be taken by social services.



* In DropTheDeadDonkey, Helen's sexuality is an issue on and off throughout her entire run and she doesn't tend to get beaten up for it. However, her anxiety over coming out to her parents is played with when [[spoiler:her father dies of a heart attack the day after she writes to them about it - and it wasn't ''anything'' to do with her coming out; in fact they always knew and her mother told her about other family members who would also have approved.]]

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* In DropTheDeadDonkey, ''Series/DropTheDeadDonkey'', Helen's sexuality is an issue on and off throughout her entire run and she doesn't tend to get beaten up for it. However, her anxiety over coming out to her parents is played with when [[spoiler:her father dies of a heart attack the day after she writes to them about it - and it wasn't ''anything'' to do with her coming out; in fact they always knew and her mother told her about other family members who would also have approved.]]



** Irony hit a peak when it Steve's mother turned out to be same-sex inclined, and starts an affair with another woman. In the aesop department, this arc was used in order to show the differences between Steve's and Janet's (his fiance) families, and how their love was strong enough to beat her family's general bigotry.

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** Irony hit a peak when it Steve's mother turned out to be same-sex inclined, and starts an affair with another woman. In the aesop Aesop department, this arc was used in order to show the differences between Steve's and Janet's (his fiance) families, and how their love was strong enough to beat her family's general bigotry. bigotry.
* In the ''Series/{{Titus}}'' episode "Tommy's Not Gay", Tommy's dad comes out of the closet, and Tommy disowns him, fearing that everyone will think that ''he'' himself is gay. This earns him the disgust of his friends - even the otherwise-bigoted Ken - especially after his dad gets beaten up and Tommy insists that he deserved it. Eventually, Tommy comes around and reconciles with his dad.
2nd Mar '16 4:51:54 PM nombretomado
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* ''AllInTheFamily'''s Archie was just sure that Mike and Gloria's new friend was a "fruit" but later found out it was his own [[StraightGay ex-jock buddy who was gay]]. (The episode ends with him still having his doubts, however. After all, a "fruit" can't hit that hard... right?)

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* ''AllInTheFamily'''s ''Series/AllInTheFamily'''s Archie was just sure that Mike and Gloria's new friend was a "fruit" but later found out it was his own [[StraightGay ex-jock buddy who was gay]]. (The episode ends with him still having his doubts, however. After all, a "fruit" can't hit that hard... right?)
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