I ask the question above because I honestly don't know the answer to it. But I ask it as well because I have ideas. So, here I go.
The world of LGBT storytelling has shown itself to constantly change and adapt to the times. In the 80s, we were focused on stories of gay liberation, the onset of HIV/AIDS, and trying to make a home in a world that feared us. In the 90s, we saw more of an acceptance towards our community and that showed itself in more visibility. We were on sitcoms as the best friend, we were a part of loving couples, we were in the movies, and the focus seemed centered on what is next and all that we can bring. The 00s, hard to say. I would argue it was a combination of the 80s and 90s. We were focused on what was and what is. We told stories of struggle but also stories of "normalcy." We were players in the conversation, not just storytelling devices. And we began to tell our history.
And now, we're at the start of 2016. The 2010s are halfway gone. So what's next? Where do we go from here?
I am seeing a trend where we are the leads in stories. Whether it's a Netflix show, an ABC show, whatever the case may be. Our role isn't just as a sidekick anymore. It's primetime player with a mix of feelings, motivations, and histories. Some say the evolution in gay storytelling is when being gay isn't a story for the character at all. There is something to be said about that. I think that works for a lot of stories. However, I want to argue that being LGBT as a defining characteristic is important. It's important that we have a gay superhero, a gay football player, a gay super agent. And it's important that we see them in love, in life, and in their world. To me, the next realm of LGBT storytelling has to be this. Where we are leading the story and audiences can see all that we are. This means showing characters of all nationalities and origins, characters of all faiths and representations, all cultures and backgrounds. To me, the next movement in LGBT storytelling means opening up the world to include everyone in the narrative.
That's what I think. That's what I'm trying to make every single day. And that's what I'll keep doing.