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12th Jul '17 3:44:37 PM rjd1922
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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]]. (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]].)

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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).ForcedOutOfTheCloset). 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]]. (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]].)
17th Jun '17 12:40:59 PM fearlessnikki
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* ''Film/TheImitationGame'', based on the life of World War II codebreaker Alan Turing (who was imprisoned for his homosexuality) attempted to give this Aesop alongside BeYourself. It was however criticised for focusing more on him being InspirationallyDisadvantaged and heavily [[ButNotTooGay downplaying his homosexuality]].


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* ''Series/PartyOfFive'' delivered several, which wasn't surprising, since it was set in San Francisco:
** In Season 1, Claudia's violin tutor Ross (who had been a recurring character) reveals to her he's gay when she tries to set him up with a waitress at Salinger's. Refreshingly after Claudia accepted it, Ross remained on the show for six season and even had a story arc about trying to convince the courts to let a single gay man adopt a child.
** One of Claudia's teachers is also revealed to be gay when he starts dating Ross. Ross is initially supportive of the teacher's desire to keep his sexuality a secret so as not to be bothered at work, but breaks things off when he realises that he doesn't want to make it public at all.
** Season 2 has an offscreen friend of Justin's visiting for the weekend. She reveals she's a closeted lesbian when she makes a pass at Julia. After Julia rejects her, she tries to pretend she's straight by hooking up with a random guy in a bar. But the episode ends with the implication that she'll come out to her parents.
** Sarah dates a boy called Elliot in Season 4 and the two try to have TheirFirstTime - only for Elliot to end up making a pass at Bailey instead. The end of the episode has them going to the theatre together anyway.
--> "Just because he's gay, doesn't mean we don't [[BetterAsFriends have things in common]]."
6th Jun '17 2:10:02 AM CaptEquinox
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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]].

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* The message of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYj2dWFNtpw "Triad"]] by this video]] for the Jefferson Airplane version of David Crosby's "Triad" is that it's OK for a guy to participate in an [[GuyOnGuyIsHot MMF bisexual]] [[AThreesomeIsHot threesome]].threesome]].
** David Crosby's original song was about a man who wants to be with two ''women''. Crosby is open about the fact that having two wives or girlfriends has always felt right to him.
28th Apr '17 11:40:03 PM RainbowPhoenix
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* One of the main reasons why ''Film/{{Philadelphia}}'' has not aged well as a movie. DenzelWashington looking across the dance floor to see Creator/TomHanks and his partner waltzing together, and nodding as if to say "Yes... yes... gay people can dance too" was a SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped message at the time. Indeed, ''Film/{{Philadelphia}}'' [[FairForItsDay was being made at a time when homosexuals were still being scapegoated for HIV]], which the film specifically addresses. And ironically the dancing scene was about as much as the film was able to get away with since ExecutiveMeddling forced the removal of several scenes depicting their relationship more intimately.

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* One of the main reasons why ''Film/{{Philadelphia}}'' has not aged well as a movie. DenzelWashington looking across the dance floor to see Creator/TomHanks and his partner waltzing together, and nodding as if to say "Yes... yes... gay people can dance too" was a SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped message at the time. Indeed, ''Film/{{Philadelphia}}'' [[FairForItsDay was being made at a time when homosexuals were still being scapegoated for HIV]], which the film specifically addresses.addresses, not to mention that homosexuality was still ''illegal'' in several states. And ironically the dancing scene was about as much as the film was able to get away with since ExecutiveMeddling forced the removal of several scenes depicting their relationship more intimately.
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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* On ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', there ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
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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]].)
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