For many years, Cartoon Network has had shows with LGBTQ representation, although it is not until recently that those characters entered the main cast of animations on the channel. Some reviewers argued that when Disney and Cartoon Network are compared, its "easy to see who actually cares about LGBT representation," noting that for shows on Cartoon Network, "LGBT characters aren't centered around their sexuality. Other series, like OK K. The show introduced viewers to two queer characters: Marceline the Vampire Queen and Princess Bubblegum. Sugar tried to foster the relationship between these two characters through her work on the show,  and one genderfluid character BMO.
I n , when Calvin Burdine was awaiting sentencing for allegedly stabbing his gay lover to death, the prosecuting attorney encouraged the jury in his closing remarks to award Burdine the death penalty, rather than life in prison, on the grounds that sending a gay man to prison was akin to sending a kid to a candy store. After 17 minutes of deliberation, the jury obliged and sentenced Burdine to die. His death sentence was later overturned mostly because Burdine's public defender had slept through much of his trial , but the homophobic thinking — that prison is some kind of paradise for gay men — lingers on. The reality of life in prison for homosexuals and transgender individuals does not appear to reflect this myth. One young man named Rodney, imprisoned for fraud and check-forging, sent me a detailed account of his life so far in prison. He described a litany of brutal rapes, assaults, beatings and, eventually, the total abandonment of his male identity as his only means of survival in the hyper-masculine and often homophobic prison environment.
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Today it's common knowledge that Rock Hudson was gay, but in the s a lot of effort went into maintaining his straight leading man image. Now a new documentary, "Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood" —featuring year-old Scotty Bowers, who was an unabashed pimp to the stars—sheds new light on that pre-Stonewall world. Here, to mark Hudson's birthday, are 20 gay and bisexual actors who became movie legends.
The Victorian Era marked a huge shift in the treatment of homosexuality. Prior to the 19th century, the theory had been that if no one discussed it, it would disappear altogether. An individual's sex life was also treated as a very private matter, so people were reluctant to speak discuss it outside of courtrooms. The British had been in complete denial about the presence of homosexuality within their country.