For decades, Latinx LGBTQ+ people have hardly been represented in North American popular culture. And when they were depicted on screen, they were grossly misrepresented. For the last 13 years, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has conducted an annual “Where We Are On TV” study that tracks the progression of LGBTQ+ representation on the small screen. As can be concluded, while the overall number of queer characters has increased, they remain mostly white and male, and mostly cisgender. In recent years, however, Latinx LGBTQ+ characters have increasingly gained more visibility on TV. Netflix’s One Day at a Time (2017-2019) features queer Latinx characters, and the show can be seen as a forum for feminism, queer, and Latinx activism. The characters in this sitcom not only help push the boundaries of acceptance of marginalized groups in film and television, but also contribute to the cultural politics of television.
Prof. Dr. Astrid M. Fellner is Chair of North American Literary and Cultural Studies at Saarland University. She is Vice-President of the German Association for Cultural Studies (KWG). Her main research areas are Latinx Studies, Border Studies, Gender/Queer Studies, and Popular Culture.
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