Event Title

Rising Expectations: A Content Analysis of LGBT Stereotypes in American Television Shows

Major

Mass Communication

Faculty Mentor

Jennifer D. Green

Abstract

Gay rights is a pressing issue in America. Members of the LGBT community are demanding that their voices be heard, and that they are afforded the rights that they deserve. Along with this comes the demand for accurate media representation. The way audiences perceive subgroups of people is heavily influenced by what they see on TV, therefore accurate representation is crucial to prevent further marginalization of the LGBT community. This study is a content analysis that examines the presence of gay stereotypes across four popular primetime television shows from the last 30 years to investigate whether there is a change in frequency and types of stereotypes over time. Data analysis is scheduled to take place in March for presentation at the Georgia College URACE symposium in April, 2015.

Session Name:

Poster Presentation Session #1 - Poster #35

Start Date

10-4-2015 11:30 AM

End Date

10-4-2015 12:15 PM

Location

HSB 3rd Floor Student Commons

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Rising Expectations: A Content Analysis of LGBT Stereotypes in American Television Shows

HSB 3rd Floor Student Commons

Gay rights is a pressing issue in America. Members of the LGBT community are demanding that their voices be heard, and that they are afforded the rights that they deserve. Along with this comes the demand for accurate media representation. The way audiences perceive subgroups of people is heavily influenced by what they see on TV, therefore accurate representation is crucial to prevent further marginalization of the LGBT community. This study is a content analysis that examines the presence of gay stereotypes across four popular primetime television shows from the last 30 years to investigate whether there is a change in frequency and types of stereotypes over time. Data analysis is scheduled to take place in March for presentation at the Georgia College URACE symposium in April, 2015.