But in , it was a milestone for gay representation in Hollywood. The problem only comes in assuming that violence and intolerance are situated safely in the past. If you don't get the confirmation within 10 minutes, please check your spam folder. Susan Fowler reveals what happened after her blog post about gender discrimination at the startup went viral. In American film, gay characters are far less likely to be cast as villains and recruiters now than in previous decades in movies like Cruising , for instance , but still the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed films with gay male protagonists are tend to be tragedies. You may unsubscribe from email communication at any time. But as The Boys in the Band shows us, stories of suffering can evoke empathy and offer a sense of historical perspective. A lot has changed in the past 45 years. Contact us at editors time.