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Explore the history of the LGBTQ movement through the lens of TV in this five-part docuseries. Combining archival footage with new interviews, it looks at homophobia, invisibility, the evolution of LGBTQ characters, and coming out in the TV industry.

Apple TV+
1 Season, 5 Episodes
February 14, 2020
Documentary & Biography
8.1/10
Cast: Wilson Cruz, Wanda Sykes, Margaret Cho, Anderson Cooper
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Visible: Out on Television Full Episode Guide

  • Series finale. Today’s new guard of LGBTQ creators in TV has opened the door to greater representation and wider inclusivity.

  • In 1997, Ellen DeGeneres made history by coming out on her TV show and in her personal life. But the celebration was short-lived.

  • HIV/AIDS was initially ignored by TV, and fear of the disease stunted LGBTQ representation. Eventually, TV raised awareness on the issue.

  • Following the Stonewall Uprising, LGBTQ activists began using television as a tool for change.

  • Early TV portrayed LGBTQ people as homicidal maniacs and sexual deviants. It wasn’t until the '70s that positive portrayals began to emerge.

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