Journalism | Sexual Orientation and the News
J261 | **** | Zak Szymanski


News coverage of sexual orientation has been reduced to a few narrow issues, including gay
marriage, the military, and hate crimes. Much of this coverage ignores the history and
nuances of these debates and excludes large segments of the LGBT community. Utilizing a
mix of mainstream and gay media along with prominent guest speakers, this course will
examine: How are sexual minorities portrayed in the news? What is the evolution of sexual
orientation in the news? Who determines what a ‘gay’issue is, and how does that shape public
opinion? Topics range from media “outing” to the desexualization of gay spokespeople to the
emerging queer youth activist. The goal is to gain a greater understanding of complex issues
and the relationship between sexual minorities and the media.