I’ll be posting links to the stories over the next few days, but you can see them all here.
First up, my commentary on the media’s focus on our bad apples in the LGBT community.
I don’t know the first thing about Orange County. Never been there. But after three seasons of Laguna Beach, I have a good idea of what’s out there — shirtless guys constantly surfing and bikini-clad girls getting pedicures with wild abandon. Teens go to prom and graduate but never actually attend school. And the most important concerns are whether some other girl is wearing your sundress and who the three hot guys in town aren’t sleeping with. This doesn’t represent the lives of typical Orange County teens. Hell, it probably doesn’t even represent the lives of these Orange County teens. But it’s all I know of Orange County.
Let’s say for a minute, you’re one of those folks who don’t pick up the City Paper (alright, that’s now a stretch). But let’s also say you don’t watch reruns of Will and Grace or Ugly Betty or anything on Bravo, and you skipped Brokeback Mountain. But without any of these mediums, where oh where will you learn more about gay people?