Author Archives: MaxMann

About MaxMann

I am a Mass Media student at California State University San Marcos and this blog is part of an idependent study research project.

Brokeback Mountain – A story previously untold

“A raw, powerful story of two young men, a Wyoming ranch hand and a rodeo cowboy, who meet in the summer of 1963 sheepherding in the harsh, high grasslands of contemporary Wyoming and form an unorthodox yet life-long bond–by turns … Continue reading

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The L Word – “Lesbians Move into the Spotlight”

As I mentioned in my earlier posts, the depiction of gay men in the U.S. media increased steadily starting in the 1950s with the “Perverts on the Potomac” newspaper articles (Streitmatter, 146). Even though the early depiction of gay men … Continue reading

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“For Gays Tolerance is a Prime-Time Fantasy”

In the last couple of weeks, I took a close look at the TV show “Ellen” and the popular show “Will & Grace”. Both of these shows feature lesbian or gay lead character. As I mentioned in last week’s post, before Ellen’s sitcom … Continue reading

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“Will and Grace: The Biggest Gay Hit in TV History”

In this post, I will take a close look at another TV show fostering gay visibility on prime time television: Will & Grace. According to Streitmatter, Will & Grace was “the most visible gay media product of all time”, with … Continue reading

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“Ellen – Coming Out, On Screen and Off…”

 In the early years of “gay visibility” in the U.S. media most stories were centered on homosexual men, homosexual women on the other hand were largely ignored. Nevertheless, this started to change. In today’s post, I would like to take a … Continue reading

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DADT – “Gays in the Military” continued …

In last week’s post I talked in great detail about homosexuals in the military. As I mentioned last week, up until 1993, only 18 years ago, homosexuals were not able to join the U.S. military at all. In 1993, newly … Continue reading

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Back to the “Stonewall Rebellion”

I would like to go back to the “Stonewall Rebellion” for a quick moment, as I found a very relevant and great documentary dealing with the issue, which I would like to recommend. When going through Netflix yesterday, I discovered a documentary … Continue reading

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