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Glee has been at the forefront of LGBT representation since its inception.
Glee’s strength, the reason it has been celebrated and held up as an exemplar, is its wealth of young characters who among them represent a spectrum of diversity and sexuality. Characters who’ve captured our hearts and imaginations. Inspired us. For some, reflected our lives.
But Glee is falling behind.
There is a troubling double standard in how it has treated its young LGB characters and couples. Kurt and Blaine, Brittany and Santana have a lot of issues in common, though experiencing each to a different degree: lack of discussion, lack of privacy, constant chaperonage, rationed displays of affection. Important stories in their lives and relationships simply don’t happen. There are issues affecting them as individual characters: lack of agency, effeminophobic slurs, sexuality reduced to a punchline. More. Factor the recurring LGBT characters into the equation, and even more concerns surface.
So. The question is:
Do you care about these characters, these relationships? Do you care enough to try to effect positive change? Enough to ask your questions of FOX instead of each other?
LGBT equality is a hot issue in the wider social and cultural debate right now. The media is already primed to report on Glee’s LGBT characters and relationships. Glee is moving from 8pm and the ‘family hour’ to 9pm on Thursdays. The Glee writers are working on next season’s episodes now. We have a window of opportunity. Next season will literally be a game-changer.
We need to help FOX understand who we are and what matters to us as individuals. We need to make calls and write letters. Whether we are part of the Glee Equality Project or not, we need to make our voices, our questions heard by FOX.
We need to get in the game.
Make a Call
This is the most important and biggest way to get your feedback noticed. This takes the time of a real person when done right, and we can tell you exactly how. It isn’t hard, and it only takes a few minutes to make a big impression. Our guide to making a call is here.
Write a Letter
After calls, this is the next best method. Letters are a physical representation of a person and expenditure of time. They’re also legally required to keep them on file. Instructions on how to write a letter are here.
What if I can’t afford either?
It’s important to call or mail letters yourself if you’re capable of doing so (those international calls and postmarks make a big impression), but we understand some international fans may not have the discretionary income to do so. For those fans, we offer a stateside mailing service. Learn more about our international letter mailing service here.
But what should I tell them?
If you’re not sure exactly what to focus on in your call or are looking for some supporting arguments to help you make your point, we have a list of suggested talking points to help you develop your personal message here.