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After Aquarius DawnedHow the Revolutions of the Sixties Became the Popular Culture of the Seventies$
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Judy Kutulas

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469632919

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469632919.001.0001

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Obviously Queer

Obviously Queer

Gay-Themed Television, the Remaking of Sexual Identity, and the Family-Values Backlash

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After Aquarius Dawned

Judy Kutulas

University of North Carolina Press

Expert understandings of homosexuality changed in the 1970s as psychologists and doctors no longer regarded homosexuality as a deviance, accepting it as a sexual identity a person might be born with. Television, both sitcoms and dramas, depicted gay men and women in the 1970s, the first official representations, yet sitcoms presented gays as ordinary people while dramas often used them as villains. The emergence of the Christian Right as a political force raised a challenge to these new norms presented in the popular culture. Using such 1960s techniques as boycotts, the Right especially regarded the normalization of different sexual identities as a threat to family. Briefly succeeding in eliminating those images, by the 1980s, Americans were more accepting of sexual difference.

Keywords:   homosexuality, television, All in the Family, Anita Bryant, That Certain Summer, backlash

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