The Golden Age of LGBT Representations in Film and Television

An area of multiple panels for the
2014 Film & History Conference
Golden Ages: Styles and Personalities, Genres and Histories

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DEADLINE for abstracts: June 1, 2014

The GLAAD media report for the 2012-2013 television season reported the highest number of LGBT characters and storylines ever. In the current season, as well, LGBT characters and stories continue to make up a percentage of mainstream film and television that is roughly equivalent to the population of Americans who self-identify as LGBT. Is this shift in representation merely a function of changing politics, or have politics been changed by what we’ve been exposed to on screen?

This area invites 20-minute papers that investigate the proliferation of LGBT characters and stories on screen. Papers may investigate individual films (Dallas Buyers’ Club, Transamerica), television series (Modern Family, The Fosters, Glee), or web series (Husbands), or may explore trends within a single medium or across media. Questions to consider include:

Proposals for complete panels (three related presentations) are also welcome, but they must include an abstract and contact information, including an e-mail address, for each presenter. For updates and registration information about the upcoming meeting, see the Film & History website (

Please e-mail your 200-word proposal by 1 June 2014, to the area chair:

Bridget Kies
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

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