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On 4/10/2021 at 9:41 PM, j swift said:

 

 

Also, (with even more respect of your opinions) I reject all arguments that the reason soaps don't produce well rounded LGBTQIA representation is because they are afraid of online criticism by gay fans.  Soaps have won GLAAD awards and gained popular media exposure for doing the least amount of representation possible.  The same argument would never hold water when applied to other types of minority representation.  Black and Latinx fans would not accept poor examples of their culture played out on screen and neither should gay soap watchers.  We should always strive for more respectful portrayals of our experiences and we should never accept the idea producers don't demand gay characters because they are afraid of backlash from the LGBTQIA community.  Gay fandom has never received the respect we deserve and our loyalty has never been rewarded with proper consideration of what we want in terms of plotlines.  60 years later, networks still only care about 18-34 women who buy laundry detergent, but that doesn't mean that the gay audience should just take the scraps that we're given because we still get some entertainment value out of the occasional shirtless hunk or bitch fight.

I personally am getting to the point that a show shouldn't write for gay characters if there isn't a gay on the writing staff. And then I remember "Felix" on GH and his first few scenes and how much I found the writing repulsive. That said, I also know that any gay character will offend a gay audience member. The scenes between Paul and Will a few pages back made me cringe as I have never EVER heard someone ask a guy if they are gay in that manner. I'm not sure about others but when I try to figure that out I check out their social media accounts. Either that, or I have someone ask for me.

 

I feel that the best way is to create two, make them siblings. And have both of them on either end of the spectrum. One being flamboyant and the other being subtle. Most importantly, of course, is to explain WHY these personality traits exist.

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1 hour ago, allmc2008 said:

I feel that the best way is to create two, make them siblings. And have both of them on either end of the spectrum. One being flamboyant and the other being subtle. Most importantly, of course, is to explain WHY these personality traits exist.

No way would a soap have gay siblings. Two gay characters to deal with who can't be involved with each other? Dealing with those issues you mentioned?Not happening.

 

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5 minutes ago, Paul Raven said:

No way would a soap have gay siblings. Two gay characters to deal with who can't be involved with each other? Dealing with those issues you mentioned?Not happening.

 

It would actually be pretty interesting to do that. It would be something new and realistic and would add a very different dynamic to that typical gay storyline that we've all seen on soaps.

 

Bill Bell loved to do two siblings in love with the same person. That could be done here as well.

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I have two cousins who are brothers and both are gay. Each has their own boyfriend. I don't see them in a triangle since they have different taste in men.

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1 hour ago, Soapsuds said:

I have two cousins who are brothers and both are gay. Each has their own boyfriend. I don't see them in a triangle since they have different taste in men.

And think of ALL the times soaps had siblings chasing the same person.

My idea was to help show that no two gay men are the same tbh. 

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5 hours ago, Soapsuds said:

I have two cousins who are brothers and both are gay. Each has their own boyfriend. I don't see them in a triangle since they have different taste in men.

Me and my brother have the same exact same set of two parents but we were raised separately (long story).

We are both gay.

But while his husband is a great guy, I do not find him attractive in the slightest.

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I've been watching the novela Querelo todo off and on. On Monday one of the male characters

Is proposing to his gf. Five males some cowboys are watching. One of them says who is the guy trying to fool? He doesn't like females. He is gay. I'm going to prove it. The other guys laugh and say ah you want him. Since then that story hasn't been seen. 

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The gay siblings will certainly be something new, and exciting to watch. I would love to write that storyline myself, it’s something very close to my heart tbh. Since I live it everyday, so I feel I can add new dimensions and bring a realism to it. Something I feel has been missing from the gay portrayals, and soaps in general! You can use it as a umbrella and usher in many more gay characters. So it’s not so isolated too!
 

OLTL and AMC  are the only soaps I would trust to do it right! I don’t think they’ll play it too safe, it brings too many interesting dynamics to play it safe imo. 

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