I think Harvey Fierstein makes a very valid point. Although there may be stereotypes linked to the visibility of queer and GLBT folk, it is most important to address their presence. If there are "not-so-positive" stereotypes, it is my belief that simply the introduction of these ideas and opinions are not going to "put the idea" into anyone's head. For those who belief, for instance, that all gay men are extremely feminine, that idea was in their head before watching a certain film. These interpretations do foster an environment of generalization. I think at this point the stereotypes of queer folk are a little different than in the films recognized in The Celluloid Closet. In more recent films that I'm aware of, Brokeback Mountain and The Kids Are Alright, the stereotype seems to be more based on "sexual deviance" rather than simply gender role alterations. In both of these films, marriages (something, especially at this point in the political arena is seen to be 'sacred' and 'holy') are jeopardized because of a queer character's promiscuity. These stereotypes, in my opinion, have aided in the development of this state's ballot initiative pertaining to the definition of marriage.
"Visibility at any cost" -depictions of queer and GLBT issues
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