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9th Dec '17 5:32:22 PM eroock
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* Another "gay man blackmailed" film with an anti-homophobia message is ''Victim'', which was an Anvil dropped so heavily it is part of the reason homosexuality was decriminalized in Britain.

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* Another "gay man blackmailed" film with an anti-homophobia message is ''Victim'', ''Film/{{Victim}}'', which was an Anvil dropped so heavily it is part of the reason homosexuality was decriminalized in Britain.
8th Dec '17 9:47:15 AM nombretomado
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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, 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.

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* One of the main reasons why ''Film/{{Philadelphia}}'' has not aged well as a movie. DenzelWashington Creator/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, 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.
8th Nov '17 8:40:46 AM wingedcatgirl
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* Not an uncommon theme in SlashFic. The designated pairing will often be menaced, either by outside homophobes or by a canon character [[ConflictBall inexplicably converted]] into [[RonTheDeathEater a homophobe]]. Of course, "[[{{Shipping}} love]]" always triumphs.
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2nd Nov '17 2:21:12 PM HuntingHighandLow
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*Parodied in Series/TheItCrowd, in the episode ''The Work Outing''. While Moss initially seems repulsed at Gay! The Musical, he doesn't care that it has themes about sexuality, he objects to seeing it because it's set in UsefulNotes/TheEighties. [[SpoofAesop He even comes around to it in the end]].
28th Sep '17 9:32:48 AM EclipsedStar
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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 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]].)

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AnAesop (or Gaysop Gaesop 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 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]].)
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.
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