21 LGBTQ Lies Hollywood Is Sticking With

Hollywood has long shaped not only our entertainment but our perceptions of people and society. Despite progress, the film and television industry still clings to outdated and simplistic portrayals of the LGBTQIAP+ community. But what are the persistent myths that need debunking?

1. Gay Characters Are Always Flamboyant

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Many films and shows continue to depict gay men as overly flamboyant, ignoring the diversity within the community.

2. Lesbian Relationships Are for the Male Gaze

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Lesbian characters are often sexualized or designed to appeal to heterosexual male fantasies, diminishing the authenticity of their relationships.

3. Bisexual Individuals Are Portrayed as Promiscuous

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Bisexual characters are frequently shown as indecisive and sexually promiscuous, perpetuating harmful stereotypes about their ability to commit.

4. Trans Characters Are Depicted Only in Tragic Narratives

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Trans individuals in Hollywood are often enveloped in narratives centered on trauma and tragedy, overshadowing other aspects of their lives.

5. Asexuality Is either Ignored or Misunderstood

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Asexuality is rarely represented in mainstream media, and when it is, it’s often conflated with celibacy or depicted as a medical issue.

6. Non-binary and Genderqueer Identities Are Conflated

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Non-binary and genderqueer characters, if present at all, are typically portrayed as androgynous, ignoring the spectrum of gender expressions.

7. Homosexuality Is Shown as a Choice

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Films and shows sometimes subtly suggest that being gay or lesbian is a lifestyle choice, which can influence public perception wrongly.

8. LGBTQIAP+ Characters Are Sidelined

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Even when included, LGBTQIAP+ characters often serve as sidekicks or comic relief, rarely leading a show or film.

9. Coming Out Is Always Dramatic

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Coming out stories are almost always depicted as dramatic or traumatic, which is not everyone’s experience.

10. All LGBTQIAP+ People Live in Urban Settings

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Media often places LGBTQIAP+ characters in urban, “progressive” environments, ignoring those living in rural or conservative areas.

11. The Token LGBTQIAP+ Character

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Films and shows often include one LGBTQIAP+ character to tick diversity boxes, without genuinely integrating them into the narrative.

12. LGBTQIAP+ Characters Always Face Rejection

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The narrative that LGBTQIAP+ individuals are always rejected by friends and family is overused and not universally true.

13. LGBTQIAP+ Life Revolves Around Bars and Clubs

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The social lives of LGBTQIAP+ characters are often limited to nightlife, ignoring other social settings where they are active.

14. The Death of LGBTQIAP+ Characters Is Commonplace

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LGBTQIAP+ characters are disproportionately likely to die or suffer compared to their straight counterparts.

15. Stereotypical Gender Roles Are Enforced

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Even in LGBTQIAP+ relationships, Hollywood enforces traditional gender roles, undermining the diversity of real relationships.

16. Every LGBTQIAP+ Story Is About Suffering

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While many face significant challenges, not every LGBTQIAP+ person’s life is dominated by suffering or conflict related to their identity.

17. Queer Characters Are Always White

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There’s a significant lack of racial and ethnic diversity among LGBTQIAP+ characters, sidelining numerous stories.

18. Intersex People Are Invisible

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Intersex individuals are almost entirely absent from mainstream media narratives, contributing to misinformation and stigma.

19. LGBTQIAP+ Characters Lack Depth

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These characters often lack depth and complexity, with their identities reduced to superficial traits or their sexual orientation.

20. Queer Women Are Often Depicted as Experimenting

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Queer women are frequently shown as experimenting or unsure, which trivializes their relationships and identity.

21. Older LGBTQIAP+ Individuals Are Nonexistent

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Older LGBTQIAP+ characters are rarely shown, creating a youth-centric view of the community that ignores older generations’ experiences.

Time for True Representation

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It’s time Hollywood rethinks its approach and commits to depicting the rich, varied lives of the LGBTQIAP+ community. By challenging these myths and embracing complexity, the industry can create stories that reflect reality and resonate with audiences on a deeper level.

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