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An archive of every LGBTQ character in 20th century American TV History

On his website Boy Culture, writer Matthew Rettenmund has put together an exhaustive list of LGBTQ characters, people, mentions, and moments on American primetime TV from the 1950s to 2000. Writing for The Advocate about the months-long project, Rettenmund explained:

I’d come up with the idea after stumbling upon a Wikipedia list that suggested the first gay reference of any kind of TV was a gay-panic joke on I Love Lucy in 1951. Earlier gags (if they existed at all, they were likely gags, not news breaks) may be unknowable since so much of early TV no longer exists, but thought a list similar to Wikipedia’s—with many more entries, organized strictly chronologically in order to tell a story—would engender clicks in a more fulfilling way than pictures of guys in underwear would. It felt like a way to document what was a decades-long process of slowly introducing the American public to LGBTQ topics and people in such a way as to engender “clicks” (of the channel) for TV stations while keeping tune-outs to a bare minimum.

Also, current social justice movements have presented us with the strange new pasttime of looking at recent history and judging how the people who came before handled complicated issues like race, sexual assault, and, yes, queerness. I felt a list that embraced LGBTQ representation in all its forms (the good, the bad, the you-sure-is-ugly) would perhaps provide a permanent, living record of the awkward queer-visibility movement on TV over time, allowing us to recall that some shows that were approaching the topic offensively may not have been doing so maliciously.

You can find the full list on Boy Culture.

[Photo: Will & Grace, NBCUniversal]

Source: https://boingboing.net/2018/02/19/an-archive-of-every-lgbtq-char.html

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Trey Anastasio Brings Tour To An End In Georgia With Solo Acoustic Debut & Bust Out

Trey Anastasio wrapped up his solo tour with stories about seeing Col. Bruce Hampton & The Aquarium Rescue for the first time, Widespread Panic’s Michael Houser and debuting a Phish classic.

Source: https://www.jambase.com/article/trey-anastasio-brings-tour-end-georgia-solo-acoustic-debut-bust

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Watch Jean Grae & John Hodgman Cover The Mountain Goats In Brooklyn

The stand-up comic John Hodgman and the underground rap veteran Jean Grae host a monthly variety show called Jean And John together at the Brooklyn venue the Bell House. It apparently has a game-show component and a live house band and everything. As Brooklyn Vegan reports, the most recent show, which went down … More »

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Source: https://www.stereogum.com/1983760/watch-jean-grae-john-hodgman-cover-the-mountain-goats-in-brooklyn/video/

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Indie Rockers Portugal.The Man Bring Heavy Psychedelia and a Trippy Light Show to Public Hall

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Stream Turnstile’s New Album Time & Space

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Baltimore’s Turnstile have been on the slow ascent from word-of-mouth mainstays to torchbearers for 2010’s hardcore for some time now. The last few years have seen the band flirting with a variety of the genre’s most defining sounds from acts like Bad Brains and Rage Against the Machine, but on their latest album Time &

Source: https://www.spin.com/2018/02/turnstile-time-space-album-stream/