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From Perverts" to "Fab Five" tracks the dramatic change in how the American media have depicted gay people.
Introduction 1. "Perverts" on the Potomac: Homosexuals Enter the News Arena 2. Stonewall Rebellion: Reporting on an Epic Event 3. The Boys in the Band: Homosexuality Comes to the Big Screen 4. Soap: A Gay Man Comes to TV Land 5. AIDS Enters the News: Reporting on the "Gay Plague" 6. AIDS Becomes Major News: "Now No One Is Safe" 7. Gays in the Military: The Debate over Lifting the Ban 8. Fleeting Images of Lesbians: Killing, Kissing, Being Chic 9. Philadelphia: "A Quantum Leap for Gays on Film" 10. A New Gay Man in Town: Hollywood Shifts to Positive Stereotypes 11. Ellen: Coming Out, On Screen and Off 12. Will & Grace: The Biggest Gay Hit in TV History 13. Queer as Folk: "An Unvarnished Treatment of Gay Life" 14. Queer Eye for the Straight Guy: The "Fab Five" as Gay Reality Special section: Gay Visibility Vs. Lesbian Visibility 15. The L Word: Lesbians Move into the Spotlight 16. Same-Sex Marriage: A Journalistic Love Fest 17. Brokeback Mountain: "A Breakthrough Gay Romance" Conclusion: From "Perverts" to "Fab Five": Progress in Three Stages . . .and Waiting for a Fourth