So, the representation of gay male characters on TV is really quite sad as of late.
Even when there is a gay male character; it barely registers as a human being, rather they serve as a plot twist or some kind of thing to be destroyed.
These characters are portrayed in such negative ways, greedy, self-destructive, vain, weak-minded, and usually viewed as a sexual deviant.
So, it must be perceived that the producers of these shows are telling us that they are deserving of a death that is horribly gruesome. I know that this pleases a certain homophobic demographic.
I am particularly disappointed with genre shows which should be a place that would ordinarily celebrate diversity and encourage the idea but no. Something has changed, a dramatic shift against the grain.
I remember the bitching and accusations being thrown around the Doctor Who forums about Russell T. Davies so called "gay agenda". Since his departure from the genre, Russell has been relegated to running kids' series, which is a good thing. His replacement has pretty much stayed within the square box set by the pre-dominantly straight male/female fan base.
The recent Who series now rarely goes into the realm that Russell didn't mind going to. I loved that he was brave enough to go there to show that the universe was bigger than what people perceived as normal, the series itself now feels small and will be dated in years to come. Moffat wants to take the TARDIS back to 1960s era, including its old fashioned ideals. Enjoy!
Sure, Davies was not the best writer but he brought gay characters to the genre and made them equally interesting and powerful as their straight allies/peers.
I've tried to watch recent shows and I do enjoy some of them without the need to focus on having someone who is gay but when they introduce the idea of a gay character, it tends to fall into that square box.
I've tuned out from Game of Thrones, its becoming very clear that there is nothing here for me as a gay viewer. There are no strong gay male characters here or will likely ever be.
*I've never read the books so I have no idea what may be in store or whether a gay character comes along who is just as redeemable as some of the other characters, but I really don't care anymore.
The Walking Dead universe does not seem to have any strong gay characters that I've yet to see. Even if it did, it would mostly likely be a lesbian character which is fine and dandy, its safe and more acceptable to most viewers which leads me to.
True Blood has teased gay or homoerotic undertones but at this point, meh. I've stopped watching after series 5, I've yet to see series 6. Even with enjoyable characters like Pam and Eric, I have no real burning desire to watch it any further.
Da Vinci's Demons had me intrigued until more information came out about its storyline.
I still gave it a chance, but its absurd in a way that Doctor Who felt like under Davies run "it was fresh and campy". The sexual elements almost play like Torchwood but again, the producers decided that Leonardo is more of a man when he is bisexual or omni-sexual.
Other than that gay show Looking, which isn't really genre, its Sex and The City meets Queer as Folk. I want more than just guys hooking up and getting sexy, its fun until you get bored with the nudity and endless bed hopping.
There is not a lot for a gay geek to enjoy.
I also find that the geek community is not as open-minded or accepting of diversity as they claim to be.
In forums, I have encountered hate filled personalities who hate the idea of a strong gay character. The idea of it is almost impossible for them to believe.
You also have the middle of the road types who barter that the character be bisexual which itself is alright until they explain that the character is somehow more of a man that way. (:O
Anyway, my rant ends here.
I think I'll try my hand at writing again, fan fiction is better than TV these days.