Throughout my research, I have explored a collection of LGB websites in which mass opinion seems to be that LGB people are negatively and unfairly represented in television. Some TV shows which reoccur throughout the online forums are Will and Grace, and Modern Family. Both these shows include a portrayal of the stereotypical effeminate gay man and the gay man who is more conventionally masculine man who does not embody the feminine tendencies. Essentially representing the ‘Husband and Wife’ characters constructed through specific representations. However this isn’t the case as the LGB have vocalised through their discontent towards how generalisation of sexual orientation has contributed to how they are structured to appear as mirroring reality, therefore further reinforcing sexual stereotypes in society.
My project intends to gather a series of opinions regarding terms which are used to define/describe LGB representations in television/film and interview 4 peoples response to them. 2 gay,lesbian or bisexual and 2 straight people, as I want to present my argument as non-biased in regards to their sexual orientation. Therefore my aim is to defy the representations of sexual orientation by presenting 4 people in a style that focuses more on their opinions rather than characteristics/elements about them that could indicate their sexual preference. Such as clothing, physical gestures etc which are all used in television to convey a certain sexual orientation. Furthermore to achieve this, the photographs I take will be portrait head shots, eliminating anything that could imply or suggest their sexual preference. Followed by an interview consisting of a montage of extreme close ups, exhibiting a variety of the subjects facial features and body language, overlaid with their responses to the questions I ask. The reason why I am not focusing on their entire face/body is because I want to essentially keep the viewer guessing- to raise their awareness that not all LGB conform to these stereotypes and therefore provide the viewers with opinions in which they cannot judge as being biased (based on the subjects sexual orientation).