The month of June is dedicated to LGTBI + pride. It is the season in which television platforms premiere many of their content related to sexual diversity. Among them, the series made for (and often also by) the new generations show their particular way of understanding sexuality. They do so from a wide range of perspectives.
‘With love, Victor’: Disney comes out of the closet
“I don’t want homophobes to watch my series”: Josh Thomas explains his first job after ‘Please Like Me’
Please like me It started in 2013 with its protagonist realizing that he was homosexual. Its creator, the Australian Josh Thomas, was placed at the age of 25 in a privileged place on the television scene, that of authors with their own personality who endow all their projects with a seal of designation of origin. Movistar + has just released the first season of Everything will be alright (Everything’s Gonna Be Okay), in which Thomas once again uses his particular brutal honesty to connect issues related to sexual identity with other of the topics that most interest viewers under 40: mental health and neurodiversity. Nicholas is a twentysomething full of anxieties visiting his single father and his two stepsisters, one of whom is autistic (as Thomas is in real life). Their relationship, not always very close, is forcibly closed when he discovers that his father is terminally ill and that he will have to become an unexpected head of the family. In addition to not making sexuality the main trait of his protagonist, Thomas expands on the second season of his dramedia familiar the multicolored fan in its plots with characters that are neither gay nor heterosexual.
15.9 percent of members of generation Z (born between 1997 and 2002) define themselves as LGTBI +
The enormous social change that is transferred to television production reflects it a survey conducted in 2020 by the Gallup consulting firm in the United States, the country of production of most of this content that reaches viewers around the world. 15.9 percent of members of Generation Z (born between 1997 and 2002) define themselves as LGTBI +. That proportion of just over one in six citizens between the ages of 24 and 19 who identify as “non-heterosexual” is considerably higher than that of any of the previous stages. Millennials, a harvest from 1981 to 1996, declare themselves LGTBI + in 9.1% of cases, while those belonging to Generation X (1965-1980) do so in only 3.8% of their responses and born in the Baby boom (1946-1964) in a tiny 2% of them.
Even the classic and traditional Disney, entertainment giant that has always been reluctant to tackle any type of content related to sex, already has its own series queer. Everything will be alright is commissioned by one of its channels in the United States, Freeform, and With love, Victor It is now in its second season. The new chapters of this teenage series begin their broadcast this Friday, June 18 on Disney + in Spain, although in the United States it controversially changed the platform before being released, to be broadcast from the more adult Hulu.
Lena Dunham, creator of the seminal ‘Girls’, produces ‘Genera + ion’, which shows the chaos of today’s adolescence through technology and their sexual and love relationships
The series follows in the footsteps of the 2018 film With love, Simon, the first romantic comedy dedicated to a mass audience that starred a gay man. Its main tool of social rupture was precisely its total uniformity with the rest of the sweetened contents of the factory. It recounted the coming out of the closet of a teenager without major conflict and incidents, with an understanding of his environment and without excessive drama around his condition. Its transfer to the serial format brought with it an important change: this time the protagonist is Victor, a young Latino who complements Disney’s effort to gradually represent more minorities in its products. At the end of the first season, the protagonist came out of the closet in front of his parents, but the viewer could not see what their reaction was like. That is what this new batch is about, in addition to facing Victor’s amorous tribulations, treated with as much or as little success as the rest of serials of this style.
Much more groundbreaking, both aesthetically and in terms of subject matter, it aims to be Genera + ion, which from this Thursday emits, three by three, new installments of its first season on HBO Spain. One of its protagonists is Greta, a high school student in Southern California (United States) who finds it difficult to put her insecurities aside and shout to the world that she is a lesbian. Next to her is Nathan, a bisexual boy even more reluctant to tell his privileged family his truth, although not so much about getting dangerously close to his twin sister’s boyfriend. Resorting to the eternal youth telenovela format and with the creator of the seminal Girls, Lena Dunham, as producer, the series bets on the chaos of the digital native adolescence to reflect the world of its characters. Its objective is to satisfy only the spectators of that age group. The adult world is of no interest to this series created by Daniel Barnz and his 19-year-old daughter Zelda. She took advantage of a stay at summer camp when she was 15 to comment by letter to her parents that she was bisexual. That was the germ of the parent-child conversations that have led to the scripts for this production.
The same formula of Genera + ion has led to global success to the Spanish Elite, whose fourth season also premieres this Friday on Netflix. The famous duo Omander, as the followers of the series call the love relationship between two of its characters (Omar and Ander), this time will face the presence of a third party in contention, Patrick, who plays the actor Manu Ríos, new addition to the cast. Polyamory may be the way young people choose to deal with this love triangle. The new student’s rich kid attitude, common denominator in many of the series’ plots, will make him take a fancy to one of the two members of the couple and then try to stay with both. This time, Elite He also explores female sexuality by awarding Rebeka (Claudia Salas) a love interest of the same sex. Mencía (Martina Cariddi), the rebellious youngest daughter of the new director of the exclusive Las Encinas institute, will immediately connect with her, despite the fact that both have an explosive character. As defended years ago in this newspaper by its creator Carlos Montero, a reference in television for children under 25 as a screenwriter in the nineties Afterclass and responsible a decade after Physics or chemistry, “Fictions have to be one step ahead of real life” to become agents of change.
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