That’s Gay ws a recurring segment on Current TV’s satirical news show, infoMania, in which writer and performer Bryan Safi explored issues of gay representation in the news and popular media. In this episode, Safi explores the “gayngel” – an increasingly popular subcategory of the common “gay BFF” stereotype. In reality and scripted television and film alike, a “gayngel” is a gay character whose flamboyant behavior provides badly needed distraction or comic relief to the main characters, but whose personhood aside from that role appears to matter very little.
This promo describes the reality television series "The Real L Word", which premiered on the Showtime network in 2010. The show follows a "group of real-life Los Angeles lesbians as they go about their daily lives, at work and play." This clip focuses on Jil, a writer who describes herself as a “family girl”. The clip involves Jill telling the story of how she met her partner and their plans for marriage.
This clip was distributed by the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), the Ad Council, and ThinkB4YouSpeak.com. In it, two girls are at a register talking about how one of the girls is unable to go out that night. The other responds with, "Ugh, that's so gay." At this point, a customer walks up and retorts, "Ugh, that is so Emma and Julia," and proceeds to tell them that everyone uses that phrase to describe something that is dumb or stupid. The commercial ends by saying, "Imagine if who you are were used as an insult. When you say 'That's so gay,' do you realize what you say? Knock it off."
ABC News introduces viewers to the challenges 11-year old Jazz Jennings encounters being transgender. Jazz explains that her genitalia pose the most difficult hurdle, serving as a reminder that she is not biologically female. While puberty is a trying time for most children, the story enumerates a host of additional concerns Jazz must face, from a deepening voice to growing facial hair. Jazz, with the support of her family, has decided to undergo hormone therapy that blocks testosterone to prevent these changes. She also considers taking estrogen in the future, knowing that there may be consequences of these hormone treatments in the future. ABC news first interviewed Jazz when she was 6 years old in 2007.
In this episode of 20/20 from 2012, anchor Barbara Walters sat down with Jenna Talackova, a transgender model and television personality, along with her mother. Talackova was denied entry into the Miss Universe Canada because she was born a male. After the threat of legal action, Talackova prevailed and was able to compete in the competititon. In this interview, Jenna and her mother describe her experience as a transgender woman, including her transition into a female body through sex reassignment surgery and other means.