Gross traces the relation of lesbians and gays to the media and astutely points to the latter´s lingering inability to embrace the complex reality of gay identity. He notes the victories, like the opening of the first gay bookstore in the country or the transformation of The Advocate from a small newsletter to the first commercial gay p
In this era of Ellen and Will and Grace, it's hard to remember that only half a century ago gays could not appear on screen unless they were killed or otherwise punished by the end of the film. Up from Invisibility: Lesbians, Gay Men, and the Media in America looks at the mass media's relationship to homosexuality from mid-century to the present day. Communications professor Larry Gross at the Annenberg School shows how Stonewall, the AIDS epidemic and the much-vaunted purchasing power of '90s "guppies" have influence the media representation of gays. ( Feb.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.