@s2redux No, you're totally correct, and I actually was considering that when I was making the comment but didn't want to take up too much space. I suppose I should have clarified that I was talking about the more modern movement. I was born in '81 so that's basically my starting reference point. AND I remember your Little House example, and of course Liberace!
It definitely happened in different stages, which is why I mentioned Will & Grace. That was a groundbreaking show, but like I said, still on the caricature side of things,. And let's consider the newer sitcom Modern Family! Less about a caricature/stereotype, and more about showing how real gay people might live (well, in TV land).
And how can we forget MTV's Real World? People may joke about it, but the first couple of seasons were amazingly groundbreaking in regards to gay people and HIV/AIDS.
Honestly, I think TV has been bigger in the normalization of LBGTQ people than movies have. Movies always seem to be behind the times -- even now they are, when you consider the TV Renaissance we're living in right now. And just look at Orange is the New Black and the wonderful Laverne Cox!
@Brainspore Thank you. I was being a little too sensitive, though, because I just went through this with someone else (who was straight) who was a bit of a know-it-all on a similar subject they didn't really understand. So I appreciate your apology and understanding why I was somewhat annoyed.
@bwv812 Okay? It's been resolved. Please stay out of the conversation unless you have something to actually add to it rather than just poking the bear for amusement. I'm not falling for it.