LA Weekly - Michael Cooper - Every year the Paley Center for Media showcases television's biggest hits for PaleyFest L.A., creating a unique experience for fans to come together for a screening and Q&A with the cast and creators. While the lineup always includes TV's hottest current shows (and sometimes reunions from past shows), this year's lineup in particular demonstrates a growing trend in LGTBQ representation on television. And I'm talking about positive representation.
The indictment by a grand jury of out gay actor Jussie Smollett on 16 counts of disorderly conduct (after he allegedly planned and staged a hate crime on himself) has not been good for the community, obviously. While his character on Empire, Jamal Lyon, opened up important discussions for the LGBTQ community, especially for gay people of color, his alleged actions in real life did just the opposite.