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By Sofia Garcia, 17, Staff Writer

June 23, 2022

I will never forget the first time I saw a gay couple in a movie. As an eighth grader in question, it was great to see two girls fall in love on screen in the same way I have always seen gay couples fall in love.

This feeling of being seen and valued is why I like movies, books and TV shows like the media. These stories allow us to understand each other and see ourselves in the characters’ experiences. In fact, representation is an effective way to help under-representation groups make sense.

In celebration of Pride Month, I asked teens about their favorite media — movies, TV shows, books, etc. جو that positively and accurately represent LGBTQ + people and experiences. I also asked them to talk about what it was like to represent them. I learned a lot, including how much Heart stopper What an effect!

Why Representation Matters

Representing, if you will, makes me feel visible and ‘normal’. It reminds me of who I am and that I don’t have to hide myself if everyone doesn’t accept it.
-J., 16, Lawrence Will, N.J.

“It’s important to see yourself in the media. Seeing people and being associated with them makes me feel less alone.
– Josephine, 17, Camden, D.E.

“It’s nice to see characters like me in a show or a movie. When I watch shows or movies that have character identities, I enjoy it, especially when they are in a positive light. Is shown. “
Sarah, 19, Burlington, VT

“Growing up, I would quit shows and try to find just one ounce of representation. I see a lot of happy straight couples in shows and I just wanted to see happy gay couples. It seems that.
– Jessica, 17, Lawrence Well, NJ

“Being representative is important because I and many others can be provided with a variety of role models that do not promote a single blueprint for what a person should be.”
– Ash, 16, Camden, DE

“[Representation] Important because I see different ways in which I can travel the world as a wonderful woman. It’s really special to see different ways of living for people like me. It gives me the feeling of being seen in a society where my experiences are often not given priority. “
Yale, 18, Oak Park, CA.

“If I didn’t have that representation, I don’t know how long it would take me to come to terms with my identity. I think good representation needs to continue so that young people can have that positive impact.”
– Jordan, 19, Lawrence, NJ

What media examples positively represent LGBTQ + experiences for you?

Owl House Definitely my first choice. One of the characters, Rhine, is non-binary and the show doesn’t make a big deal about it. It’s not like, ‘Oh my God, are you non-binary ?!’ It’s just, ‘Well, it’s Rhine and they’re my friends.’ It’s not a big deal, it’s just normal. I like to be able to see it, it really makes me happy.
-J., 16, Lawrence Will, N.J.

“I loved watching it. Pose. It happened during the HIV / AIDS epidemic in NYC when the ballroom scene was huge. It follows a group of LGBTQ + characters, mostly transgender characters, and how they deal with discrimination and HIV / AIDS. “
Sarah, 19, Burlington, VT

Love, Victor At Hulu, he focuses on a Latin boy who comes to his family. Throughout the story, the family goes through ups and downs to understand who it is or more. I find this very relevant. There aren’t many shows that show the LGBTQ + community in POC cultures.
– Jessica, 17, Lawrence Well, NJ

جدون نواں At the center of the novel is a positive representation of strange experiences by cementing strange relationships. The book will not work without the strange relationships that are in it. This is written by a gay man, which is great.
Yale, 18, Oak Park, CA.

Big mouth And Sex education There are two shows that not only accurately represent the LGBTQIA + experience but also present it in a way that highlights some of the struggles as well as achievements.
-Black, 16, Lawrence Well, NJ

Love, Simon It was the first LGBTQ + movie I ever saw, which inspired me to come out almost a year later! I will also say. Strange things He did a really amazing job with how he wrote Robin and his upcoming story. And video games The last of us Character Eli too !! It means a lot to me :). “
– Jamie, 17, Lawrence Will, NJ

Lastly, lots of love for the heart stopper

Heart stopperMore explicitly, comics are the best representation of LGBTQ +. Trans, gay, bisexual and homosexual are the main characters. They are presented in a healthy relationship with problems other than just coming out and homophobia. (But they are also very well presented.)
– Ash, 16, Camden, DE

“One of the most accurate / positive representations I’ve ever seen. Heart stopperBoth comedy and show. Nick’s internal strife shows that it’s okay not to know him when you’re leaving and to find him out. It also helps to show that you don’t have to please others to be fit.
– Amalie, 17, Lawrence Will, NJ

“The Netflix show Heart stopper LGBTQ + has done an amazing job of portraying the characters in a positive light. I like the show so much that I’m trying to get a graphic novel based on it, but the first volume has sold out everywhere.
Sarah, 19, Burlington, VT

Heart stopper I think this is for us. Strange people are not made into side characters or caricatures or stereotypes. It’s just a love story between two boys. It doesn’t force you to dig in to find something, it’s there and it’s amazing.
– Josephine, 17, Camden, D.E.

“Must be one of my new favorite shows recently. Heart stopper. Most of the shows featuring LGBTQ + focus on how difficult it can be to be part of this community. Although they are not wrong, sometimes it is nice to see a sweet love story.
– Jessica, 17, Lawrence Well, NJ

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