The idea of "visibility at any cost" is an interesting concept. Visibility is the first step towards normalization in our society: the more people see it, the more they get used to it, the less they see it as something strange and even potentially dangerous. However, if people are exposed to the same thing over and over again, such as the sissy, then that's what they expect to see. There's still the stereotype today that gay men are flamboyant and "feminine", so gay men who don't fit into that stereotype are often discounted or are challenged to "prove" that they really are gay. And this idea stretches across all identities, not just gay men. However, that stereotype can be worked with, as well. Movies have evolved over time, first playing along with the stereotypes and then starting to move away from them. I think it's easier for people's ideas to be challenged through media--and especially in movies--so when movies like The Birdcage (1996) or Priscilla: Queen of the Desert (1994) came out and confronted people about their notions of, especially, gay men, ideas started to change. And then when other movies like Brokeback Mountain (2005) and Milk (2008) came out, it was easier to accept what was on the screen about gay men and their lives. Though the stereotype of the "sissy" still definitely exists, I think more and more people are starting to see that it is a stereotype and that it's not entirely representative.
"Visibility at any cost..."
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