Visible: Out on Television
While enjoying Visible: Out on Television, a documentary miniseries about the rising number of LGBTQ characters on US TV, I was reminded of a Simpsons episode in which the family meets John, the gay manager of a campy knick-knacks shop called – wait for it – Cockamamies. In a totally foreseen reaction, it takes a while for Homer to clock John might be gay.
Marge: Homer, didn’t John seem a little “festive” to you?
Homer: Couldn’t agree more, happy as a clam.
Marge: He prefers the company of men!
Homer: Who doesn’t?
Marge: Homer, listen carefully. John is a ho – mo …
Marge: ... sexual.
Since that Emmy Award-winning episode – cutely titled “Homer’s Phobia” – went to air in 1997, the visibility of LGBTQ characters on US TV has soared, never more so now the world of streaming allows writers and actors to be even braver.