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Lecture: Pros and Cons of LGBTQ+ Television Representation

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
12:00pm – 1:30pm

Storrs Campus
Rainbow Center; Student Union 403

The Out to Lunch Gender, Sexuality, and Community is a weekly academic lecture and discussion series with guest scholars and community activists from various disciplines examining a variety of topics related to gender identity, gender expression, and sexuality. Each semester offers a broad sampling of the areas.

Today's lecture is entitled, "#LGBTQFans Deserve Better: Pros and Cons of LGBTQ+ Television Representation" and will be presented by Erin Waggoner.

Synopsis: While much better than even ten years ago, there are still problems that exist with the current LGBTQ+ representation on television. Social media and streaming technologies have changed previous story restrictions, fan reactions, and storytelling initiatives, but is this enough? During this lecture, we will discuss the history, community reactions, tropes, stereotypes, and representation of LGBTQ+ characters on scripted and non-scripted television. We will also discuss the recent successful social media campaign, #LGBTQFansDeserveBetter, which helped raise money for the Trevor Project and jumpstarted a national conversation about harmful television tropes for LGBTQ+ characters and those who watch.

Biography: Erin B. Waggoner, PhD (ABD), is head teaching assistant for COMM 2310W: Media Literacy at UConn, where she focuses on television production, representation and identity, and social media community. She has published previous works, including Sexual Rhetoric in the Works of Joss Whedon and a recent article on the Bury Your Gays Trope, LGBTQ Representation, and Communitarian Ethics, published in the Journal of Homosexuality. Additionally, she has presented numerous research and rhetoric papers and posters in the LGBTQ+ and Mass Communication divisions at National, International, and Local conferences in Communication, English, and Popular Culture.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunches.


Rainbow Center (primary), Communication Department, First Year Programs & Learning Communities, Together, UConn Master Calendar, Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies

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