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The Evolution Of LGBT Characters On Television

Interview: The Evolution Of LGBT Characters On Television – A Chat With Writer/Producer Russell T. Davies


The evolution of LGBT characters on TV has gained strong momentum over the past decade. With hit shows such as ‘Glee,’ ‘Orange Is The New Black,’ and ‘Empire,’ TV lovers are finally beginning to see gay characters on television as simply characters—not stereotypes like before.

Russell T. Davies is no stranger to this new wave of change. In fact, the acclaimed writer/producer was instrumental in paving the way for gay characters on TV with his landmark show, ‘Queer As Folk’ which debuted in 1999. In addition, Russell is the man behind the reinventing and relaunch of the popular cult sci-fi series ‘Doctor Who‘ in 2005 after a 16-year hiatus, and making the series a mainstream success for a brand new audience as well as for longtime fans.

In a recent phone interview, I got a chance to talk with Russell about his thoughts on the current state of LGBT representation on television, and what he sees the trend of LGBT characters taking center stage on TV going in the future. Russell also revealed details on what views can expect to see on his two new upcoming TV shows, ‘Cucumber’ and ‘Banana,’ which will premiere April 13 on Logo TV.


Take a listen to the interview below.



11051745_451554738332455_4973088475388453482_nTo learn more about the shows ‘Cucumber’ and ‘Banana’ by Russell T. Davies, click on the icon featured to go to LogoTV.com.

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Your interview with Russell was awesome! He really knows how to write characters that grab you and pull you into their stories! I can’t wait to watch his latest shows tonight!!

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