Some spot on discussion about LGBTQ characters on TV shows. Their assessment of Glee is particularly poignant.
Naya Rivera, actress behind Glee’s Santana Lopez, one of the most high profile lesbian characters on TV, is dating in a very public fashion, the misogynistic, (homophobic) rapper, Big Sean. (I can hear the groaning from here, but stick with me. This is important. Also please note, the focus here is Naya and how her actions are perceived and the much larger problem they represent.)
As is usually the case with an actor, especially actors who play LGBT characters, the actor behind favorite characters become just as special to the fans as the character themselves. Naya Rivera, because of Glee, has become one of these beloved actors, and she has, until now, returned the favor.
In interviews and the causes she supports, like GLAAD and the Trevor Project, has stated the importance of Santana’s role for the LGBT community and been incredibly supportive of the community. As a matter of fact, Naya’s popularity and career exploded once Santana began her journey to come out and love Brittany on Glee.
Ryan Murphy is being honored by the Paley Center for Media for his contributions to the medium.
The man who set back equality for lesbians, bisexual women, hell all women, was awarded by the Paley Center for Media as being a revolutionary show creator. Ryan Murphy is not only the creator of Glee, but also The New Normal, American Horror Story, Popular, and Nip/Tuck.