The long road to more accurate portrayals of Black LGBTQ people on television | The Washington Post | Featuring The Generic Closet: Black Gayness and the Black-Cast Sitcom by Alfred L. Martin Jr.| June 23, 2021
As June’s annual celebration of LGBTQ pride comes to an end, so, too, does “Pose,” the highest-profile series to feature the stories of Black and Latino queer and trans characters and actors.
These changes matter. Representation can signal acceptance and normalcy that can be important for Black queer boys and men. Yet the battle does not end with more — or more nuanced — representation. For entertainment industries to truly make progress in representing Black LGBTQ characters, they need to hire more LGBTQ people of color to work in front of and behind the cameras while creating programming that doesn’t force single LGBTQ characters to represent all LGBTQ experiences. Only then can conversations about LGBTQ stereotypes be firmly left in the past.
Written by Alfred L. Martin Jr., author of The Generic Closet published by Indiana University Press.