This is a scene from the 1997 film "In and Out," a gay romantic comedy. It stars Kevin Kline as a high school drama teacher who is forced to question his sexuality after a former student thanks and outs him as gay during the widely televised Academy Awards. In the process of confronting and questioning his own sexual identity, Kline's character purchases and listens to a "self-help" tape on “how to be a man." The tape tests him on (and, by extension, underscores the validity of) every stereotypical masculine behavior. Kline fails every test of "manhood" as prescribed by the tape.
Produced in 2010, this clip from the major film studio Pixar takes a public stance as a part of the “It Gets Better” Campaign in support of gay rights. It features a number of its LGBT employees, and asserts that LGBT individuals are an important part of the Pixar community whose lifestyles are supported by the company.
Produced by Australian community advocacy organization GetUp!, this ad promotes marriage equality by following a couple's romantic and relatable path to marriage. The ad juxtaposes a series of familiar images that we associate with heterosexual romance, only to reveal, at the end, that it is a gay love story. Since its debut in 2011, the clip has gone viral online, and has been praised for being a clever and cinematically beautiful argument for minority rights.
Created by Airbnb, short-term rental and listing housing company, and Molecule production company, this June 2015 film titled “Love is Welcome Here” shows a diverse range of LGBTQ couples and families talking about their relationships, families, and the kinds of discrimination they face and have to worry about in their everyday lives, and especially when they travel. Examples include a gay male couple who were afraid to ask for one bed when they had been given two in Hawaii, a transgender queer couple who questions how people in conservative American towns would react if they didn’t pass as a heterosexual couple and if people knew the truth about them, a lesbian couple who talk about being afraid for the limitations and prejudices their young son might face for having two moms, and several of the couples describing the careful planning and research they have to do in order to know which cities and countries they can travel safely and openly through. One woman talks about her and her partner’s upcoming marriage and honeymoon plans, saying, “it’s not like we’re trying to be disrespectful or break any laws, we just want to hold hands and celebrate, just like anybody else.” Two of the interviewees also talk about tolerance, with one saying, “My greater hope would be that beyond just being tolerated by a society, but actually being accepted,” and another says, “You shouldn’t be hoping for tolerance, people should appreciate you for the way that you are.” Near the end, one of the women says, “We deserve life and opportunity and happiness.” The film closes with the statement: “We look forward to a world where all love is welcome,” then the hashtag #HostWithPride, and a rainbow colored airbnb logo with the words “belong anywhere” below it.
Rapper Macklemore's 2012 music video "Same Love" traces the life of its main character from birth to death. As he struggles with his sexual identity in his youth, bombarded by stereotypes, assumptions and labels, he eventually finds love with another man. The story then follows their marraige and long lasting relationship, with the final credits rolling over a variety of different gay and lesbian couples. The video soared to the top of the charts, scored an MTV VMA award for "Best Video with a Social Message," and was celebrated by many Americans as a powerful expression of support for the LGBT movement and same sex marriage.