Normalizing diversity and inclusion on television

Diversity comes in many forms, including sexual orientation and gender identity. Everyone agrees that for an open-minded society like ours, frankly, we’re late to television. But we adapt. Perhaps not always as quickly as the society that has been emancipating in recent years. But every step is important for everyone to find their own way and accept this diversity. With the Montreal Pride festivities underway, it was a great opportunity to take a look at the evolution of the LGBTQ+ community on our airwaves.

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“American specialty channels like HBO, Showtime or Netflix have had an impact,” notes Tara Chanady, a researcher on LGBTQ issues at the University of Montreal. However, public channels are less progressive.


The little kings

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The little kings

A situation driven by economic issues, urban context, generational issues. But she notes that lesbian representation has taken longer to establish itself on the small screen. In the United States series The L word was the predecessor.

“We are talking about the invisibility of women. As always, trans and non-binary people are invisible. She notes that the series Without meetingwhich takes place in a sexual health clinic, is an exception with Lou, a non-binary character.


Euphoria

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Euphoria

Diversity is at the heart of all Simon Boulerice’s work. The author, columnist and actor has been making a name for himself for several weeks Geolocating lovethe highly successful adaptation of his novel, Extra of Tou.tv (and free to all as of August 3rd).

We follow Simon (his character) on his quest for love as he succumbs to potential lovers on the show.


The heart stopped

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The heart stopped

“I am convinced that the series would not have been possible when the book came out in 2016. We were not ready to see this raw and sensitive comprehensive side, even if the programs existed. The Internet also offers more freedom.

If regular TV works with familiar faces, the web allows you to dare, as well as enhance a certain authenticity. As allowed by American specialty channels, whose distributions are full of new personalities. To Geolocating love, the question of non-binary is raised by Camille, played by Alex Miron, a non-binary artist. And remember, Chloé Robichaud’s line was born online Feminine/Feminine.


Tara Chanady

The picture of politeness

Tara Chanady

in the right direction

Christian Lalancette arrived in the 1970s To Denisalthough considered a caricature today, and Bernie Lacasse, cleaner Duvals in Never alone without you, whose spouse was a police officer, there was still little standardization at that time. The series in 2000 Queer as Folk turns out to be significant to the gay community. It was still necessary to understand English.

“There were a few small steps,” recalls Simon Boulerice. life, life was a big event for me. It was the first time I saw a gay couple on Quebec television. It was done simply and with a lot of humanity. We were far from caricatures.


Mona from Grenoble

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Mona from Grenoble

Too often gay characters play second fiddle. Often the plot was based on their exit, as if it was necessary to attach to them or to understand them, to justify them.

Tara Chanady notes that homosexuality is now fully integrated but does not see communities. Currently, it remains dosed, labeled. For example, we don’t represent more masculine lesbians. We are not talking about weird questions. We stay with beautiful monogamous couples.

Youth and normalcy

The normalization of sexual orientation and identity, young people face this.

“Serial like Euphoriamore”garbage“, and The heart stoppedwith more tenderness, showed transgender people in a very organic way,” says Simon.


Geolocating love

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Geolocating love

With us Gabrielle Boulianne-Tremblay (Another story) and Pascale Drevillon (Escaped 2). And let’s welcome the challenging score offered by Lé Aubin, a trans actor All life. And hats off to the great tour featuring comedian Tranna Wintour celebrity big brother.

However, Tara Chanady urges caution when it comes to plotting a nurse character Unit 9 whose trans identity was linked to the unjustified deviation that led to his dismissal. If she realizes that the show brought up female homosexuality through many characters, this episode was clumsy.


RuPaul in RuPaul's Drag Race

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RuPaul in RuPaul’s Drag Race

“It is the duty of the makers of the work to inform themselves and involve people from the respective communities in the production. There is an ongoing educational responsibility to represent the new codes. Television participates in restoring norms, issues of power, she says.

“The youth series is a beautiful environment,” says Simon Boulerice. In my series six degrees, Humberto wonders about his identity. His father finds him small, and Leon points out that at the age of 12, he already knew where he wanted to go. Without making noise.”

This normalization is in series academy, Cottage, Jeremiah where The little kings intended for a teenage audience. Tara Chanady also notes that Madame Coucou in the new version The main key should not have come out to simply integrate the fact that she has a lover.


Simon Boulérice

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Simon Boulérice

“We define ourselves more than in my day,” notes Simon Boulerice. We want to be heard. We know more and more vocabulary. Some don’t have all the tools, it can be destabilizing, but you just have to be alert, benevolent and subtle. Everyone has to put in the time and effort.

What about authors who say they write more about what they know?

“I’ve never done as much research as writing for television. Characters must be embodied. [… Pour ça, un auteur doit prendre ses précautions, doit aller valider des choses. Pour rendre crédible un personnage de mécanicien, j’ai posé des questions à un mécanicien. La télévision très regardée permet de démystifier. Même dans le divertissement elle peut être éducative.» 


Geolocating love

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Geolocating love

Towing

Recently, drag has also appeared on our screens. The franchise makes RuPaul one of the biggest architects of this little revolution Drag Race who conquered the world.

“Quebec, Mad State [Lamothe] have started car then Rita [Baga] cleared the way with a mega shovel, confirms the colorful comedian Mona de Grenoble. We are opening the doors of the cabaret! It is by participating in the shows that we reach the general public. This representation is so important.

Arriving on our airwaves, you could say, was just in time for a kind of pandemic gloom to reign.


Queer As Folk

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Queer As Folk

“It’s a breath of fresh air,” Mona exclaims. Too bad if you don’t like glitter! They told us to reinvent ourselves during the pandemic. The bars were closed, we left the night life behind. The fun thing is that drag includes all art forms: dance, song, animation, humor. It is a strength and full of potential that needs to be exploited.

Mona de Grenoble is Alexandre Aussant’s alter ego, a personality that deserves to be known. What confuses us. “She’s a party aunt who burps her cream without causing discomfort.”

Alexandre is delighted with the growing popularity of his Mona. After notable passages Baking battle and at next stopshe became a columnist Marie-Lyne’s fabulous spring.


Lou (Michail Ahooja) without a meeting

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Lou (Michail Ahooja) without a meeting

“Mona knows how to adapt depending on whether she is on stage, on radio, on television. The creation of the chronicle made it possible to show that there is more than just a crunchier, saltier Mona on stage. Mona is also an Alexander with opinions, values. Mona de Grenoble will continue to spread us on our airwaves, where she quickly took her place thanks to her openness.

“I can see the mentality changing,” concludes Simon Boulerice. I’ve been watching TV regularly for five years and I feel like the homophobia is draining. It’s definitely getting people to know me better so that people will stick with me, but I also think that times are getting better. And this is a big thank you to the youth. If earlier we pointed the finger at the homosexual, now we point the finger at the homophobe.

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